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The 35th Travelweekly Digital Issue

  1. 1. Of fic ial M ed ia Pa r tn er fo r: 23 Sep, 2010 11 Vietnam ranked among top growth tourist destinations 17 Schedule for the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi Travel Intelligence 24-25 India is gearing up for PTM 2011 in New Delhi
  2. 2. Off icia lM ed ia Par tn er fo r: 23 Sep, 2010 11 Vietnam ranked among top growth tourist destinations Dear Travel Weekly readers! 17 Schedule for the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi Travel Intelligence 24-25 India is gearing up for PTM 2011 in New Delhi Welcome to the 35 Issues of Travel Weekly! First of all, on behalf of all the members at Travel Weekly Magazine I would like to say thank you very much for supporting and sharing with us your ideas since the early days of our magazine. Born to bring our readers useful and up-to-date information about Travel Busi- Contact us ness in Vietnam and around the world to your desktop every Thursday, today, Editor-in-chief Travel Weekly becomes a part of your daily works for all travel executive as Anh. Nguyen Hoang well as travel lovers those who cares about the tourism industry. M: +84 904 230 230 E: We understand that saving a tree is the responsibility for everyone who inter- News ested in the environmental disaster as what the Business Travel operators call Hang. Bui Duc “Responsible Travel”, therefore, towards the eco-friendly environment, Travel M: +84 979 051 210 Weekly call our each issue is Eco-Friendly Magazine because we design and E: “print” and/or publish our magazine in PDF format which allows us to send Advertising you immediately via e-mail as well as distribute our magazine to global read- Quyen. Nguyen Tu ers. Moreover, at our website, there is even a better way to read our magazine M: +84 987 622 113 without download which let you choose the first read and then deciding to keep E: it on your computer for store or further review. Sales Duong. Nguyen We do hope that everything we do is just to give you everything in travel news M: +84 904 884 099 for your works and your care. We are looking forward to receive your supports E: and share with us in the coming time. Thank you for travelling with us! Design Kien. Nguyen Trung Minh. Truong Hoang Editor-in-Chief Phuong. Nguyen E: Anh. Nguyen Hoang Add: #130 Pho Duc Chinh Str., Ba Dinh District, Hanoi – Vietnam Tel: +84 4 3715 3558 - Fax: +84 3715 3560 Email: Website:
  3. 3. Thursday 23.09.2010 VIETNAM NEWS 04 FEATURES 11 Vietnam ranked among top 04. Phan Thiet sets for Charming Kate Festival 05 growth tourist destinations 05. Vietnam inbound tourism poised to “Vietnam has an overwhelming beauty and is rich in nat- zoom during 2010-2013 06 ural sceneries and beauties such as deltas like the Red River Delta and Mekong Delta, as well as other beauties 06. Movenpick Hotel Saigon debuts fol- including green rice-paddy fields, divine beaches and lowing full-scale renovation 07 many more.” Especially, according to the World Tourism 09. German beer festival to come to Hanoi Organisation (UNWTO) affirmed that Vietnam ranked 08 among top growth tourists destination. 10. Bangkok – Hanoi cultural tourism programme 09 12. Vietnam looks to five million interna- tional arrivals this year 10 1,000 YEARS OF THANG LONG - HANOI 11 14. UNESCO General Director to attend Hanoi’s anniversary 12 17 - 20. Schedule for the 1000th anniver- 17 sary of Thang Long - Hanoi 14 Schedule for the 1000th an- INTERNATIONAL NEWS niversary of Thang Long – 16 Hanoi 22. Bring on the ATF 2011: Cambodia Thang Long - Hanoi has 1000-year history and is the 23. Marina Bay Sands launches airport concentration of country’s quintessence. The 1000th 17 anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi is the opportunity check-in services to express gratefulness to ancestor’s effort and honour 26. Kick-Off Times for Rugby World Cup country’s traditional values. The 1000th anniversary of 19 Thang Long – Hanoi will take place in 10 days (from 1-10 2011 October) with many attractive activities of culture, art 28. Shanghai continues to lead Asian hotel pipeline 22 and sport. 28 - 29. Private Spa Wellness Centre opens in Bali 23 DESTINATIONS 24 32 - 37. My Hanoi 25 27 29 24 - 25 India is gearing up for PTM 2011 in New 30 Delhi “The PATA Travel Mart 2011 in New Delhi, India is one of the most exciting events and activities planned to roll 31 out next year. We have a very special relationship with India, which is a rapidly emerging market, and we are delighted they are hosts for the PTM2011,” Said Hiran 32 Cooray, PATA Chairman. 34 36 37 38
  4. 4. 4 VIETNAM NEWS Phan Thiet sets for Charming Kate Festival The Cham people will organise their biggest and most important festival, Kate, next month with processions, rituals, and cultural activities at the Po Sah Inu Tower in Phan Thiet. The highlights will include colorful traditional rituals like a palanquin procession carrying the costumes of Goddess Po Sah Inu and the Tong On ceremony to keep away “poi- sonous” winds. The Cham believe these winds can cause diseases and bring bad luck to families. Then there will be a ceremony to bathe the lingam-yoni altar and make an offering of wine. The lingam is a phallic symbol of the Hindu god Shiva and the yoni represents the female. The festival will also feature the paranung drum dance, other ethnic music and dance, and folk games. For the benefit of tourists and other visitors, Champa artisans will demonstrate traditional brocade and ceramic production. There will be a contest to make cakes like banh tet (cylindri- cal glutinous rice cake filled with green bean paste and fatty pork) and banh gung (ginger cake). The Kate festival falls on the first day of the seventh month in the Cham calendar (September-October in the solar calen- dar). It is celebrated in honor of Po Sah Inu, who according to legend helped the Cham grow wet rice. It also marks harvest and is an occasion for childless couples to entreat Po Sah Inu to bless them with children. Vietnam’s first Interna- Bhaya Cruises opens tional Choir Festival to new Vietnam offices held in Hoi An Bhaya Cruises has officially opened Vietnam’s first International Choir its new office in HCMC. The Halong Bay cruise operator’s new EATOF focuses on Festival and Competition will take place in Hoi An, the central province of Quang Nam, from 16-20 premises is located on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Str, in HCMC’s District 3. sustainable development March 2011. According to the Min- Meanwhile Bhaya’s sister company, The East Asia Inter-Regional Tourism Forum (EATOF) istry of Culture, Sport and Tourism, Hai Long Junks, has opened its new Hanoi Sales office. The new office themed, “For sustainable development in East Asia” the festival gives a chance for the Vietnamese singers to exchange is located on Ma May Str in the wrapped up in Ha Long city, the northeastern province of and gain more experience from for- heart of the city’s Old Quarter. Quang Ninh on 16 September, affirming its commitment to eign colleagues as well as promote sustainable development in the region. Vietnamese music to the world. Work on Binh Son sea tourism area starts The three-day EATOF 2010 reaffirmed the significance Thailand-Vietnam plan and role of the regional organisation in the new context, VND452 billion for Binh Son sea cultural programme tourism urban area project was and stressed provinces’ commitments to fulfill their re- Thailand and Vietnam will co-host started construction on 13 Septem- sponsibility and rights as EATOF members. a cultural programme from 27 ber. The 24.39-hectare will include September to 2 October to mark entertainment area, resort and Within the framework of the forum, a travel fair was held the Hanoi’s 1,000th anniversary. public areas for local people. The with the participation of over 30 booths from member The programme, arranged by the project help improve marine eco- provinces promoting their images and tourist products. Thailand-Vietnam Association of logical environment and create new Also, a series of workshops and bilateral meetings among Tourism, will feature a group of Thai appearance for Phan Giang spread EATOF took place, offering opportunities for cooperation, scholars, artists, business leaders Ninh Thuan Sea’s beauty as well as investment and tourism development in each locality. and media, who will travel from attract tourist and investors. Thanh Bangkok to the Vietnam capital, via Dong Property Investment JSC is At the closing ceremony, Quang Ninh province’s leaders Savannakhet, Laos. The group will the work’s investor. transferred EATOF’s flag to Cebu province of the Philip- present a sculpture of HCMC to the pines, the host of the next forum. Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi. Thursday 23.09.2010
  5. 5. VIETNAM NEWS 5 Vietnam inbound tourism poised to zoom during 2010-2013 Vietnam, with its beautiful landscape, fast world increasing, the confidence of tourists developing services and a safe and stable is boosting up, resulting in ballooning of political environment, occupied fifth place inbound tourism. among the ASEAN countries in terms of at- tracting foreign visitors during 2008. The report has also found that Vietnam is emerging as one of the popular destina- According to our research report “Viet- tions for cruise tourism and holds immense nam Tourism Industry Forecast to 2012”, potential to develop its cruise tourism in- international tourist arrivals in Vietnam are dustry. This is because the country, located projected to grow at a CAGR of around 15% between North and South Asia, is in close during 2010-2013 on the back of aggressive proximity with the region’s two cruise hubs marketing campaigns, increasing govern- – Hong Kong and Singapore. The industry ment expenditure and high FDI flow in the has demonstrated a gradual growth for tourism sector. Besides, its attractiveness the past few years. In 2009, the number of as a new tourist destination is positioning cruise passengers reached 100,000 pas- the country as a global tourism hub. sengers. Experts have found that Hanoi, Ho Chi “Vietnam Tourism Industry Forecast to Minh City and Da Nang are three major 2012” provides valuable information cities in Vietnam as far as the tourism regarding Vietnam inbound and outbound industry is considered. Hanoi, the Capital tourism industry with forecast till 2013. The of Vietnam, has been registering continu- report has analyzed recent industry trends ous increase in tourist arrivals for the past and growth drivers. few years. Our report also includes a brief description China was the largest tourist market for of key players in the tourism industry. The Vietnam in 2009, accounting for around report has analyzed every aspect of tour- 14% of the total tourist arrivals. Due to the ism industry in order to provide the best recovery of global economy and business consultancy to clients. activities between Vietnam and rest of the Thursday 23.09.2010
  6. 6. 6 VIETNAM NEWS Movenpick Hotel Saigon debuts following full-scale renovation Swiss hotelier Mövenpick celebrated the renovation of Mövenpick’s sister property, feeling of more open space. grand opening of its Mövenpick Hotel the Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi, and he has Saigon on September 16, following a $15 brought to Vietnam’s largest city and busi- Iki is a new concept, a Japanese bistro million renovation that included each and ness capital a similar blend of the practical where top-quality, super-fresh sushi, tempu- every room, public space, restaurant and and inventive, of the modern and traditional, ra and other East Asian favorites are served retail outlet positioned behind the property’s of East and West. in a decidedly non-traditional setting. Japa- shimmering new modernist facade. nese restaurants often reflect Japanese calm Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts are known and reserve. There is nothing staid about the Located in the bustling Phu Nhuan District, throughout Europe and the Middle East Iki menu, however, thanks to the flair of Chef just 5 minutes from Ho Chi Minh City’s for their Swiss precision, hospitality and Kittisukd Sujaritvetee, who arrives in Saigon international airport, the Mövenpick Hotel elegance. Kiefer and his local designers from Bangkok. Likewise, there is nothing Saigon has been redesigned in high style have again infused this sound formula with a formal about Iki’s décor, with its vibrant - the bright, new lobby design takes shape youthful exuberance and organic, sophisti- colours, youthful staff and modernist décor. around four incandescent, central pillars - cated Vietnamese style. but with the business traveller firmly in mind. Lotus Court will continue to serve what Twenty-seven new rooms have been added, It starts with the rooms, where earth tones many believe to be the city’s finest Chinese bringing the property’s total to 278, while have been accented with touches of orange cuisine, including dim sum that maintains a a pair of new chefs have invigorated each and naturally lit by ceiling-to-floor windows. large and devoted following among Saigon’s exciting dining option. The bathrooms are separated from the living resident Chinese population. However, a quarters by more glass - full-length windows new chef, Brendan Ng, has arrived from the Kiefer presided over the celebrated 2008 with blinds - that provides privacy with the Mandarin Oriental in Jakarta, bringing with Thursday 23.09.2010
  7. 7. VIETNAM NEWS 7 him a new menu that emphasises tradition- made ice creams pastries, cakes and the ergonomically correct chairs and generous al favourites, some fusion elements, some best European style bread in Ho Chi Minh desk spaces. The latter are made possible, surprises (like salmon), and an obsession City. This casual venue also features an in part, by inconspicuous-but-compre- with freshness. outdoor, street-side terrace. hensive communication ports that sit just beside the tabletop, leaving workspace “Our restaurants, bars and lounges will Kiefer added that the Mövenpick Hotel uncluttered. all draw from one of the largest wine lists Saigon is newly equipped with all the in Vietnam - more than 300 labels - and technical amenities guests - business and • There is little danger the Mövenpick we will sell them at the lowest prices of otherwise - have come to expect at 5-star Hotel Saigon will relinquish its reputation any 5-star hotel in the country,” Kiefer said. accommodations in Asia. But again, the as the most convenient, best-equipped “Our approach is to offer superb variety goal is to present each one with a practical business hotel in HCMC. No hotel is closer and selection that is affordable, so people twist: to the airport and MICE coordinators will can enjoy premium wines without feeling appreciate the two large meeting rooms, that they are paying a premium.” • Instead of a full-blown spa, the hotel of- a ballroom for up to 400 guests, and three fers a Wellness Studio that values privacy boardrooms. All meeting rooms have built- Café Saigon, the property’s all-day din- and individual treatments over sheer in LCD projectors, motorised screens and ing restaurant, returns with its signature expanse, ubiquitous mirrors and mounted fabric panelled walls that absorb sound. elements in tact: the most interactive and televisions. vibrant buffet-style dining experience in the city. New to the Mix is the Cay Da Café, • The work environments in each room a brand new bakery that serves up home- are exceedingly comfortable thanks to Thursday 23.09.2010
  8. 8. VIETNAM NEWS 9 German beer festival to come to Hanoi The Oktoberfest 2010, a German beer festival will be held on 24-25 September in Hanoi. The organising board said that during the festival, together with best-selling fresh beers of Germany, and those imported from other countries, partici- pants will have chance to enjoy German traditional food. This year’s festival will have the participation of the German band “the Happy Bavaria” from Munich where the Oktoberfest originated. This is the second time the Oktoberfest comes to Hanoi. Last year, the festival attracted 2,000 partici- pants. Speaking at a press briefing on 15th September, Mr. Andreas Otto, Second Secretary of the German Em- bassy in Vietnam said that the Oktoberfest 2010 will have a larger scale than last year’s festival and is a cultural event to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long - Hanoi and the 35th anniversary of Vietnam - German diplomatic ties. The Oktoberfest 2010 is expected to attract the par- ticipation of thousands of local people and foreign tourists. The Oktoberfest festival an- nually takes place in Septem- ber in Munich. The festival was held in 1810 to celebrate a royal wedding with horse races and various culinary delights. Thursday 23.09.2010
  9. 9. 10 VIETNAM NEWS Bangkok - Hanoi cultural tourism programme The program, co-organised by the Thailand – Vietnam Associa- tion of Tourism, will take place from 27th September - 2nd October to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long - Hanoi. In a press brief in Bangkok, Deputy Chairman of the Thailand – Vietnam Tourism Association, Vu Nguyen Anh Tuyet said that the program aims to discover the culture and customs of Vietnam- ese people as well as to enhance the relationship between the two countries. The program will include an auto-procession attended by a group of famous scholars and artists, businesses, and reporters of Thailand. The group will depart at Bangkok on 27th September on the Road 8 through Savannakhet and Khammuon Provinces to visit the House of Uncle Ho in Vietnam’s Nghe An and the Hoa Lu Ancient Capital in Ninh Binh. The group is scheduled to be in Hanoi in the morning of 30th September. After enjoying diverse activities to celebrate the giant celebra- tion of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long - Hanoi, they will leave the capital on 2nd October. Also on this occasion, the group will present a sculpture picture of President Ho Chi Minh with 24 gilded carats to the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi. Also at the press brief, Ambassador Extraordinary and Pleni- potentiary of Vietnam to Thailand, Ngo Duc Thang highlighted the meaning of the decision of the King Ly Thai To of choosing Thang Long as the capital city. Thang Long in the past and the present has always been politic, economic and cultural center of Vietnam; with the affirmed position in the region and the world. Mr. Thang also introduced foreign press week which will be co- organised by the Hanoi People’s Committee and the Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs from September 9th to 15th in Thailand. At the event, activities of the great celebration of the 1,000th an- niversary of Thang Long - Hanoi will be launched. Thursday 23.09.2010
  10. 10. VIETNAM NEWS 11 year but will still face difficulties from the global recession of 2009. For the period, re- gional and local tourism will play important roles in the world’s tourism growth. With being ranked among top destinations with the highest growth, Vietnam’s tourism is striving to rise to the world level with many attractive destinations and high-quality prop- erties honored and recognized by many of the world’s media websites. Specifically, Hanoi and Hoi An have been se- lected among 10 Asian destinations by one of Vietnam ranked among Southeast Asia’s most widely read travel-trade media outlets, Smart Travel Asia. Some hotels and resorts in Vietnam were also named in top growth tourist destinations the “Top 25 Leisure Hotels and Resorts” by Smart Travel Asia, including the Nam Hai, Hoi An at 2nd place, Sofitel Legend Metro- The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Tourism growth was seen in emerging mar- pole, Hanoi at 3rd place, Sofitel Dalat Palace, assessed that in the first six months of 2010, kets such as the Middle East with 20% and Dalat at 21st place and Princess d’Annam Asia and the Middle East had the highest Asia Pacific with 14%. Some destinations in Resort&Spa, Binh Thuan at 25th place. tourism growth. Asia had impressive growth, including Sri In addition, Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh prov- The UNWTO said that the number of foreign Lanka with 49%, Japan with 36%, Vietnam and ince, a UNESCO recognised world heritage tourists around the globe has been 421 mil- Myanmar with 35%, Hong Kong and Macao site, has jumped to second place among 28 lion, a 7% increase compared to the same pe- (China) with 23%, Singapore with 23%, re- finalists of the online voting for the world’s riod last year. With this, the world’s tourism ported the UNWTO. new seven wonders, by New Open World sector will likely reach a growth of 4% for the The UNWTO said that the tourism industry (NOW). whole year of 2010. will continue to grow during the rest of the Hong Kong-Vietnam Vinacapital yacht race set for next month The Hong Kong Royal Yacht Club has announced it will organise an international yacht race from Hong Kong to Vietnam’s central coast next month. The club said the 656-nautical-mile, category-one VinaCapital Hong Kong to Vietnam Race 2010 would start on October 20 and finish in the resort city of Nha Trang. The organiser is taking registrations from teams. The biennial competition has been in place since 2006, with the HCMC-based Saigon- tourist Holding Company being the local partner. The 2008 edition was attended by 13 yachts. A source from Saigontourist told the Daily that the company was waiting for approval from the Government to bring international boats to Vietnam to promote the local tourism image. In a related development, the central coast province of Binh Thuan will organise an inter- national sailing festival in December, with yacht performances and other activities such as music and dance performances. The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), a professional sailing series that features nine World Championship events worldwide, will come to Nha Trang next year. Thursday 23.09.2010
  11. 11. 12 VIETNAM NEWS Vietnam looks to five million international arrivals this year Vietnam’s tourism authority is pinning In an original plan, the tourism authority “We’ve received approval from the Minis- hopes on a strong recovery of the inbound expected 4.5 to 4.6 million international try of Public Security and the Ministry of sector and aiming for a record high of five visitors to come to the country this year. Foreign Affairs to extend visa-fee exemp- million foreign visitor arrivals in the coun- tions to international travellers.” try this year. The tourism sector has been active in pro- moting the country’s image abroad, with But the incentive for package tour takers Vu The Binh, head of the Travel Department promotions carried out in Germany, France will need a final decision by the Govern- under the Vietnam National Administration and Belgium from late August to early this ment, and might take effect next month, he of Tourism, told that the high expectation month. The country also plans to bring a said. was based on the sector’s encouraging tourism promotion program to some Chi- growth rate of over 30% in the year to date. nese provinces next month. The United Nations World Tourism Orga- Positive feedback from overseas partners nization (UNWTO) has put Vietnam in the for the high inbound tourism season by the In the promotion program for Europe, Binh list of Asian countries with strong tourism year-end is another factor for optimism, said, the tourism sector found a good chan- performance in the first half of this year. Binh added. nel able to help Vietnam promote and sell tourism products to hundreds of thousands The organisation said Asia had once again The country welcome over 3.8 million inter- of overseas Vietnamese there. shown a strong capacity for recovery with national visitors last year, down 11% from 14% growth in the period. Vietnam and the previous year, but international arrivals Along with the promotions, the tourism Myanmar had the same growth of 35%, just in the first eight months of this year reached authority is asking for policy incentives to behind Sri Lanka and Japan. 3.35 million, up 35.2% year-on-year. spur foreign arrivals in the country, he said. Thursday 23.09.2010
  12. 12. days to come 1,000 years of Thang Long - Hanoi UNESCO General Director to attend Hanois’ anniversary T he General Director world cultural heritage at its 34th of the UNESCO will session in Brazil on July 31. arrive in Hanoi on October 1 to attend The site won the recognition celebrations of the 1,000th birth- thanks to its three outstanding day of the capital city and hand characteristics: the length of its over certification of UNESCO cultural history, the continuity of recognition of Thang Long Roy- the citadel as a power centre, al Citadel as a world cultural and the variety of relics it con- heritage. tains. Head of the UNESCO Office in The citadel will open to visitors Hanoi Katherine Muller Marin in time for Hanoi’s 1,000th anni- announced the visit at a song versary. and dance festival in Hanoi on September 18. The cleanup at relic site of the Thang Long citadel is also ex- The 35 th session of the UNES- pected to finish by September CO General Assembly in 2009 20. On September 16, Perma- passed a resolution on UNES- nent Deputy Prime Minister CO’s participation in the grand Nguyen Sinh Hung paid a visit ceremony of the 1,000th anniver- to the site to check the arrange- sary of Thang Long-Hanoi. ment of artifacts found at the 18 Hoang Dieu Street, the archae- Almost one year later, the UNES- ological excavation area for the CO’s World Heritage Com- planned exhibition. mittee recognised Vietnam’s Thang Long Royal Citadel as a Thursday 23.09.2010
  13. 13. days to come 1,000 years of Thang Long - Hanoi 1,000 photos about Hanoi to be display 1,000 photos about Hanoi will be displayed and auc- tioned at an exhibition, entitled: “1,000 outlooks about Hanoi”, held from 2-5 October at the Ha- noi Library, 47 Ba Trieu Street. These photos were selected from the competition: “Hanoi Nostalgia”, organised by the Vietnam Photographers’ Asso- ciation and VNPhoto network. The auction of the 1,000 photos is to raise funds for outstanding students of the Hanoi Culture University. The exhibition will be arranged into areas: hanging 200 photos in themes, displaying the model of Khue Van Cac made from Nes- cafe tea caddies, and putting 1,000 photos together to create “Tortoise Tower” (Thap Rua). At the exhibition, amateur and professional photographers at home and abroad will have chance to exchange skills through a photo competition in- side the exhibition. The event is among a series of activities, in celebration of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long - Hanoi. Thursday 23.09.2010
  14. 14. days to come 1,000 years of Thang Long - Hanoi Hanoi decorates for its giant celebration L ighting projects to welcome the 1000th anniversary of Bien Phu have been decorated with different lights presenting Thang Long-Hanoi were inspected by Hanoi Party Chief the nation’s history, peace and international integration. Pham Quang Nghi on 18 September. The areas around Sword Lake, the National Conference Centre, He was satisfied with the coloured lights around Sword Lake that My Dinh stadium, West Lake and Thien Quang Lake will be lit up make it more beautiful. He suggested highlighting the nearby at night from 25 September to 15 October. scenery, including The Huc Bridge, Ba Kieu Temple, Turtle Tower as well as trees near the lake. More than VND25 billion will also be invested in lights for some bridges over the Red River. Streets including Hang Khay, Trang Tien, Trang Thi and Dien Thursday 23.09.2010
  15. 15. days to come 1,000 years of Thang Long - Hanoi Schedule for the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi Thang Long – Hanoi has 1000- year history and is the concentra- Time Event Place tion of country’s quintessence. The 1000th anniversary of Thang October 1 Long – Hanoi (1010 – 2010) is the opportunity to express grate- 8h The opening of the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long – The park of King Ly Thai To fulness to ancestor’s effort and Hanoi statue (Dinh Tien Hoang honour country’s traditional val- Road) ues. This is also the occasion to introduce and enhance image of 9h30 Art performances 5 stages around Hoan Kiem Hanoi Capital in particular and Lake Viet Nam in general. The 1000th anniversary of Thang Long – 14h The opening of the exhibition named “Art and literature Viet Nam Exhibition Center Hanoi will take place in 10 days works through different periods” for Culture and Arts (2 Hoa Lu (from October 1 to 10) with many Street) attractive activities of culture, art and sport. 15h The opening of the exhibition of Hanoi’s art images Showrooms at 45 Trang Tien Street 19h30 The opening of the exhibition named “Social and Vietnam Exhibition and Fair economic achievements of Vietnam and Thang Long – Center (138 Giang Vo Street) Hanoi” 19h30 The opening of historical and revolutionary film week National Cinema Center (87 Lang Ha Street) 20h The special art program named “The whole country with The park of Ba Kieu Temple Hanoi” (live) (Dinh Tien Hoang Road) 20h Concert named “International integration – faith in the Hanoi Opera House (1 Trang future” Tien Street) October 22 October 8h Display of typical documents, items, antiques of Thang Imperial Citadel of Thang Long - Hanoi Long (9 Hoang Dieu and 19 Nguyen Tri Phuong streets) 9h Introduction of the bookshelf named “1000-year culture National Library (31 Trang of Thang Long” Thi Street) 14h Checking and announcing result of science research work Hanoi Opera House (1 Trang at state level named “Researching and promoting natural, Tien Street) economic, social conditions and historical, cultural values of Thang Long – Hanoi for comprehensive development” 20h Performance of selected songs composed in honour of The park of Ba Kieu Temple Thang Long – Hanoi (Dinh Tien Hoang Road) 20h The opening of Thang Long international tourism festival Bao Son Paradise (An Khanh Commune, Hoai Duc District) Thursday 23.09.2010
  16. 16. days to come 1,000 years of Thang Long - Hanoi October 3 7h Marathon for the peace Around Hoan Kiem Lake 20h The art program named “Thang Long – Hanoi in Ho Chi Hang Day Stadium (10 Trinh Minh age” Hoai Duc Street) October 4 8h30 The closing and prize awarding ceremony for the contest Hanoi Opera House (1 Trang named “1000-year culture of heroic Thang Long – Tien Street) Hanoi” 15h The opening of the exhibition named “Vietnamese heroes Revolution Museum (25 Tong and cultural celebrities” Dan Street) 15h30 The opening of the exhibition named ”Famous battles Viet Nam Military History and campaigns in Vietnam’s history” Museum (28A Dien Bien Phu Street) 17h The opening of Thang Long – Hanoi calligraphy Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam exhibition and festival (58 Quoc Tu Giam Street) 20h Announcing and awarding the nationwide press prize Au Co Art Center (8 Huynh about Thang Long - Hanoi Thuc Khang Street) 20h Performance of ancient dances The park of King Ly Thai To statue (Dinh Tien Hoang Road) October 5 9h Introduction of art work named “Pottery Road” Yen Phu Road 14h The opening of the exhibition named “Bat Trang Pottery Bat Trang Pottery Village (Bat – tradition and modern” Trang Commune, Gia Lam District) 14h The opening of the exhibition named "Hearts with Thang Friendship Culture Palace (91 Long – Hanoi” Tran Hung Dao Street) 20h Performance of Vietnamese famous artists Hanoi Opera House (1 Trang Tien Street) 20h The art performance named of "Thang Long’s strong Hang Day Stadium (10 Trinh impetus and the country’s song” Hoai Duc Street) October 6 8h The opening of Hanoi kite art festival Square of My Dinh Stadium (Le Duc Tho Road) Thursday 23.09.2010
  17. 17. days to come 1,000 years of Thang Long - Hanoi 8h Vietnamese martial art performance named “Thang Long Quan Ngua Sport Palace (55 Spirit” Doc Ngu Street) 8h30 The opening of Hanoi Museum Hanoi Museum (Pham Hung Road) 14h The opening of statues of Ho Chi Minh and Ton Duc Thong Nhat Park (354 Le Thang Duan Street) 14h The opening of Hoa Binh Park Hoa Binh Park (Co Nhue Commune, Tu Liem District) 14h The opening of exhibition on ancient Thang Long – Hanoi Museum (Pham Hung Hanoi Road) 14h30 The opening of Kim Dong Theater Kim Dong Theater (19 Hang Bai Street) 20h The opening of Hanoi Worker Theater Hanoi Worker Theater (42 Trang Tien Street) 20h The opening of Dai Nam Theater Dai Nam Theater (89 Pho Hue Street) 20h The opening of Hanoi gastronomy festival Ho Tay Water Park (614 Lac Long Quan Road) October 7 8h The opening of international conference named International Convention “Sustainable development of heroic and cultural capital, Center (11 Le Hong Phong the city for peace” Street) 9h The closing and prize awarding ceremony for the Hanoi Opera House (1 Trang international contest named “Hanoi – Your Rendezvous” Tien Street) 20h Traditional music performance Hanoi Opera House (1 Trang Tien Street) October 8 7h Art and culture programs of Hanoi’s youth Outdoor stages in the whole city 20h Exchange program named “Thang Long – spirit of the National Convention Center country” (Pham Hung Street, Me Tri Commune, Tu Liem District) 20h Street festival State Bank Square (49 Ly Thai To Street) Thursday 23.09.2010
  18. 18. days to come 1,000 years of Thang Long - Hanoi October 9 8h The opening of Thanh Tri and Vinh Tuy bridges The southern h ead of b ridges of Thanh Tri and Vinh Tuy 9h30 The opening of Thang Long Boulevard Intersection of Pham Hung and Tran Duy Hung roads 20h Performances of international art troupes Outdoor stages i n the whole city October 10 8h The 1000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi Ba Dinh Square 20h The art and culture program to c elebrate t he 1000th My D inh Stadium (Le Duc birthday of Thang Long - Hanoi Tho Road) Thursday 23.09.2010
  19. 19. days to come 1,000 years of Thang Long - Hanoi Thursday 23.09.2010
  20. 20. 22 INTERNATIONAL NEWS Bring on the ATF 2011: Cambodia The Kingdom of Cambodia was chosen to host the 30th Asso- ciation of Southwest Asian Nations (ASEAN) Tourism Forum (ATF) in 2011. The annual event will be held between 15-21 January at the Diamond Island Convention and Exhibition Centre in Phnom Penh with the multicultural theme ‘Wonders and Diversity’, Express Travel World reported. ATF 2011 Host Committee Chairman Pan Chantra said the event opens up a channel for buyers and sellers to exchange information and learn about the ten ASEAN member coun- tries. “ATF 2011 will offer a golden opportunity for all participants to discuss the development regional and individual tourism products of ASEAN member countries,” Mr Chantra said. “It is also a cooperative regional effort to promote ASEAN, a world of wonders and diversity, as a single tourism destina- tion.” Mr Chantra noted that while the ATF is a great forum for information exchange its main purpose is to attract tourists particularly from countries like India with growing interest to travel in the ASEAN region. “There is a huge interest among the Indian tourists about the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Vat in Cambodia,” Mr Chantra said. Castaway Bay opens at Fashion exhibition at Gold Coast’s Sea World Sentosa Singapore Sea World officially launches its One hundred haute couture pieces new Castaway Bay. The AU$6 from the renowned Italian designer million (US$5.7 million), 800m² Maison Valentino will appear in family attraction caters for kids an exhibition at Singapore’s first with themed rides, including ‘Battle integrated resort, Resorts World Boats’, featuring pirate boats armed Sentosa 15 December-31 Janu- with eight water cannons. Another ary. “Retrospective: Past/Present/ attraction, the Sky Fortress, is a Future” will feature haute couture huge fort-like attraction featuring five levels of rope bridges, tunnels, looks from founder Valentino Gara- vani’s early designs to present-day TCEB promotes benefits slides, games and puzzles. creations. The exhibition arrives from Paris via Brisbane. of World Expo 2020 Forbidden City com- Delhi to launch Games The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) will pletes first phase of launch a public awareness campaign to educate Thais about expansion shopping festival the potential benefits, which could result from hosting the World The Chinese government com- Retailers in Delhi will take part in Expo 2020. pleted the first phase at Beijing’s a shopping festival to coincide the “We’ll conduct a feasibility study of three potential locations, Forbidden City. Aimed at alleviating Commonwealth Games. From 25 Chon Buri, Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya provinces and educate congestion, the expansion saw the September, markets in various parts Thais about the World Expo,” Thailand Convention and Exhibi- restoration and opening of previ- of the Indian capital, such as Karol tion Bureau president, Akapol Sorasuchart told the Bangkok ously closed sections of the former Bagh, Connaught Place, Chandni Post. imperial palace. The central axis of Chowk, Greater Kailash, Kamla Na- “They should understand how the country could benefit from the Forbidden City has long been gar and Preet Vihar will offer major organising this important event.” open, but its thousands of court- discounts for visitors. A group of 40 Mr. Akapol said it would cost 20 billion baht to organise the yards on the sides have largely volunteers has come together under World Expo and the event has the potential to generate eight remained closed. The renovations a scheme called ‘Personal Shop- times that amount in revenue. have concentrated on opening pers India’ to help tourists find their these previously closed courtyards. ways to markets. He also said that all industries would benefit if Thailand’s World Expo bid is successful, especially tourism. Thursday 23.09.2010
  21. 21. INTERNATIONAL NEWS 23 Marina Bay Sands launches airport check-in services Marina Bay Sands and SATS have “Marina Bay Sands is proud to viding a delightful and hassle-free jointly introduced a new city partner SATS in launching this travel experience for its guests. check-in and baggage acceptance first-ever city check-in service in We remain strongly committed to service – the first of its kind in Singapore. It speaks volumes of developing and delivering su- Singapore – for hotel guests and our ability to provide innovative perior value propositions to our visitors heading to Changi Airport. and first-to-market services to our customer.” guests. All our hotel guests and With the launch of the Baggage Ex- visitors to our property are able to Located at Marina Bay Sands’ press service, Marina Bay Sands’ “Marina Bay enjoy this one-stop check-in ser- Coach Terminal, the check-in Sands is guests and customers departing proud to vice. This is another value-added counters will initially operate from on Singapore Airlines (SIA) and partner SATS offering that Marina Bay Sands is Thursday to Monday from 10 am to SilkAir flights can enjoy the conve- in launching providing for the convenience of 6 pm. this first-ever nience of checking-in at least three city check-in our guests, and we will continue to hours before their flights depart. service in Sin- introduce more innovative services The Baggage Express service is They can receive their boarding gapore,” said in the coming months,” said Ma- free for guests without any check- Mr. Thomas passes and baggage claim tags Arasi. rina Bay Sands President and Chief in luggage. A handling charge of at Marina Bay Sands. Checked-in Executive Officer, Mr. Thomas S$25 for every two bags applies. guests can also proceed directly Arasi. The check-in service is also open to clear immigration at Singapore to hotel guests staying in other Changi Airport and be at the Said Mr. Denis Marie, Senior Vice parts of Singapore. boarding gate before it closes. President, Passenger Services of SATS: “This new initiative under- The accepted baggage will be Checking in at a downtown loca- scores our drive in leveraging our transported to Changi Airport with tion offers users greater flexibility core competencies in gateway regular transport runs and will to maximise their time before leav- services to offer innovative prod- undergo security screening at the ing Singapore. This service will be ucts and services to our customers airport. The counters at Marina Bay extended to cover more participat- and their guests. We are pleased to Sands are manned primarily by ing airlines in the coming months. partner Marina Bay Sands in pro- SATS’ personnel. Thursday 23.09.2010
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  23. 23. INTERNATIONAL NEWS 25 India is gearing up for PTM2011 in New Delhi T he final day of the three-day PATA Travel Mart 2010 (PTM 2010), Sep- tember 14-17, saw international buyers, sellers and media delegates gather at the dinner reception hosted by the Ministry of Tourism, Gov- ernment of India. Rajen Habib Khwaja, Secretary of Tourism, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, welcomed delegates to PATA Travel Mart 2011, New Delhi, India. Said Hiran Cooray, PATA Chairman: “The PATA Travel Mart 2011 in New Delhi, India is one of the most exciting events and activities planned to roll out next year. We have a very special relationship with India, which is a rapidly emerging market, and we are delighted they are hosts for the PTM2011.” Said Arjun Sharma, managing director, Le Passage to India: “The travel fraternity in India is excited that PATA has chosen New Delhi as the venue for PTM2011. With the explosive outbound numbers emanating from our country it is not uncommon for increased and newer destinations to woo the Indian traveller. The Mart returning to India after a gap of only three years is appropriately positioned and bears testimony to the growth of Indian tourism. The capital city is presently gearing up to host the Commonwealth Games next month. With the increased capacities and greatly mod- ernised tourism infrastructure, we wish to assure you that New Delhi will be a bigger, better and more satisfying venue for the best trade show of the year. We look forward to welcoming all delegates to ‘Incredible India.’” Said Ashok Kapur, CEO, Khiri DMC: “India is a fantastic choice as it is a rapidly emerging destination and market. With its incredible diversity and population, India deserves much more business, both as an inbound and outbound entity. As a travel specialist focussing on Thailand and Indochina, Khiri Travel will continue to invest strongly in the Indian outbound market. We see huge potential there for sectors such as leisure, MICE, honeymoon and top-end incentive trips. India’s rapidly increasing urban middle class as also more direct flights from the primary and secondary cities to Southeast Asia are both very encouraging trends.” Said Nicoline Dolman, director of sales and marketing, Bali Dynasty Resort: “We will definitely participate in PTM in India. The Indian family market has a huge potential for the travel-and-tourism of Bali. Balinese cultures and religion are the main attrac- tions for the Indian market.” Said Ashwani Gupta, managing director, Dove Travels, India, and a first-time at- tendant at PTM: “I am very excited about my attendance. PATA Travel Mart is world famous for its travel trade networking opportunities and also for its high level of organisation. It is a truly international event, very well organised, with meetings with your existing business partners spread into perfect time slots, and meetings with new exhibitors made accessible so as to improve our way of working and business.” Thursday 23.09.2010
  24. 24. 26 INTERNATIONAL NEWS Kick-Off Times for Rugby World Cup 2011 The kick-off times for the Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand have been unveiled. Eden Park, the scene of the venue for the inaugural RWC Final in 1987, will herald a nationwide six week celebration of world-class Rugby and REAL New Zealand Festival events when it hosts the Opening Ceremony on Friday, 9 September 2011 starting at approximately 19:30 (08:30 GMT). The opening match between New Zealand and Tonga will kick-off at 20:30 (09:30 GMT). “We have achieved a good balance,” said Martin Snedden, CEO for Tournament Organisers Rugby New Zealand 2011. “If New Zealand is to make the most of the platform RWC 2011 gives us to showcase our coun- try to the world, then we need to ensure we maximise the global television audience for key matches. “What has now been agreed with event-owner Rugby World Cup Ltd will help all hosting regions to promote themselves to the world and help fans, both domestic and international, to get on with planning their RWC 2011 experience with the start of the Tournament now less than a year away.” Ten of the 48 matches will be played in the afternoon including the New Zealand v Canada pool match at 15:30 (03:30 GMT). A further 12 matches will begin by 18:00 and another seven at 19:30. England’s first game against Argentina on 10 Septem- ber 2011 will take place at 20:30 (09:30 GMT). Australia plays the following day against Italy at 15:30 (04:30 GMT). South Africa get their tournament underway against Wales on 11 September 2011 at 20:30 (09:30 GMT). The tournament will culminate in Auckland at the redeveloped Eden Park with the semi-finals and final. The kick-off time for these matches was confirmed at 21:00 (09:00 GMT) when the Match Schedule was an- nounced in March 2009. Thursday 23.09.2010
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  26. 26. INTERNATIONAL NEWS Shanghai continues The Asia/Pacific hotel development pipeline com- prises 1,037 hotels totalling 255,208 rooms, according to lead Asian hotel to the August 2010 STR Global Construction Pipeline Report released this week. pipeline China reported the most rooms in the total active pipeline among the region’s countries with 134,832, fol- lowed by India with 47,477 rooms. China also reported the most rooms in the In Construction phase with 92,559 rooms. Among the key markets in the region, Shanghai, China, ended the month with the most rooms in the total ac- tive pipeline with 13,227 rooms. Two other markets reported more than 5,000 rooms in the total active pipeline: Bangkok, Thailand (9,138 rooms) and New Delhi, India (7,215 rooms). Four of the seven Chain Scale segments each ac- counted for more than 15 percent of rooms in the total active pipeline: the Upscale segment (24.6 percent and 62,671 rooms); the Upper Upscale segment (24.4 percent and 62,153 rooms); the Unaffiliated segment (18.6 percent and 47,574 rooms); and the Luxury seg- ment (17.7 percent and 45,246 rooms). Asia/Pacific pipeline by Chain Scale segment for Au- gust 2010 (number of rooms): Chain Scale Existing Supply In Construction Total Active Pipeline* Luxury 136,959 32,850 45,426 Upper Upscale 193,540 43,463 62,153 Upscale 247,068 41,009 62,671 Midscale w/ F&B 175,293 12,882 21,225 Midscale w/o F&B 27,382 1,943 5,673 Economy 104,629 4,961 10,666 Unaffiliated 1,531,451 30,896 47,574 Total 2,416,322 168,004 255,208 * Includes those projects in the In Construction, Final Planning and Planning phases. Thursday 23.09.2010
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  28. 28. 30 INTERNATIONAL NEWS World Tourism Day 2010 A panel of leading tourism and biodiversity experts will meet in China on World Tourism Day (WTD) to ex- plore the synergies between tourism, biodiversity and sustainable development in an event marking the official celebrations of WTD 2010 (27 September). WTD, is held this year under the theme ‘Tourism and Biodiversity’, in support of the United Nations Interna- tional Year of Biodiversity. China, one of the world’s most biologically diverse countries and a major tourism desti- nation, will lead the 2010 official WTD celebrations. The High Level Dialogue on Tourism, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, meeting in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, the host of the WTD celebra- tions, will debate issues ranging from the economic value of biodiversity for tourism, to how to integrate bio- diversity protection into planning for sustainable tourism. Participants include representatives from the Conven- tion on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); the President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and the CEO of Six Senses Resorts; as well as the Ministers of Tourism of China, Kenya and Malaysia. The conclusions of the High Level Dialogue will be pre- sented to the tenth Conference of the Parties to the CBD as part of UNWTO’s contribution to the post-2010 targets of the CBD (Nagoya, Japan, 18-29 October). The official WTD celebrations, organized by UNWTO, the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and Guangdong Province, are held in conjunction with the Guangdong International Tourism and Culture Festival and also include a road parade for WTD Celebrations and the Asian Games and a photo exhibition along the streets of Guangzhou, featuring photos from this year’s WTD photo competition. Thursday 23.09.2010
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