Saigontourist to spend nearly $1 million on HCM City’s Tet bash
Saigontourist, the chief organiser of this year’s Tet festival in HCM City, will spend VND15 billion (nearly US$1 million), mainly in sponsorship, to make the Tet (Lunar New Year) 2008 a dazzling affair.
It has completed the designs for the street floral decorations and the schedule of events, including the Nguyen Hue Flower Street, the Festival of Banh Tet (cylindrical glutinous rice cake with green bean paste and pork), fireworks, and music programmes on New Year’s Eve, and street lighting.
The HCM City authorities view the annual festival as a special occasion for residents and foreign visitors.
Vinashin to offer 50% Tet discount for north-south cruises
Viet Nam Shipbuilding Industry Corp (VINASHIN) has announced it will offer discounts of up to 50 per cent during Tet on its Hoa Sen high-speed cruise ship on the north-south route.
It will leave Nha Rong Port in HCM City on January 14, 20, and 26, and February 1 and 8, and head for Cai Lan Port in Quang Ninh Province.
International fireworks contest gets official go-ahead in Da Nang
A plan to hold an international fireworks contest in Da Nang city has received the go ahead from the Government. Themed Fairy Dance, the contest will be held on March 27-28 at the former Han River Port with competitors coming from Australia, China, Japan, and South Korea.
Each team will have 14 minutes to perform, the first two minutes with compulsory music, and the last two minutes with no background music.
Each team will get a subsidy of US$30,000 to 40,000 for production costs, transportation, and accommodation. The winner stands to get $6,000 and runners-up $3,200 and $1,800.
Eighth annual charity cyclo race returns in March to help underprivileged kids
Sai Gon Children’s Charity (SCC) will hold the eighth Sai Gon Cyclo Challenge in HCM City’s District 7 on March 8 when teams will compete for prizes and raise money for underprivileged children.
SCC chairman Paul Finnis said there would be five separate industry-wise races to determine who will compete in the final. The top two teams in the industry races would qualify for the Grand Challenge Final, a two-lap race, to find the fastest competitor of the day.
The competition will begin with a Grand Sponsors Parade at 1:30pm before companies and organisations start to compete at 2:20pm, amidst the roar of bands and cheerleaders.
Members of the HCM City-based diplomatic corps will also decide the Best Dressed Cyclo, Best Cheerleaders, and Best Banner at what has become one the premier events in the city’s charity and sporting calendar.
In addition to cycle races and the parade, the event will also feature a VIP marquee, a food village, corporate hospitality tents, bars, and coffee corners.
There will be a children’s zone with lots of activities for little ones, including driving mini-cyclos. The zone will also have free ice cream and drinks and prizes to keep the young spectators in good humour.
Tickets cost VND200,000 for adults and VND150,000 for children under 12.
Marriott, other five-star hotels in the offing for Ha Noi’s high-end clientele
The Ha Noi administration has licensed three five-star hotel projects in addition to five other world-class hotels to be built at a cost of US$1.2 billion.
The Ha Noi Tourism Department says the three projects are the Marriot Hotel close to the My Dinh International Convention Centre, to be built by Bitexco Company, a hotel-office-villa complex on Doi Can Street, and a hotel-office project in Tran Vu Street.
Besides, the Ha Noi Tourism Corp has signed a deal with foreign partners to build a racecourse in Soc Son District.
Furama wins second Top Trade Services award from Ministry of Industry and Trade
The five-star Furama Resort Da Nang has received the 2007 Top Trade Services award from the Ministry of Trade and Industry. It is for the second year that Furama has been nominated for the award, confirming its reputation as one of the country’s top resorts.
The poll, held annually since 2006, aims at identifying excellent businesses in 11 categories that Viet Nam committed to open when joining the WTO. — VNS
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