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  • Vietnam: Forbes Talks - The future of Education
    04.10.2017
    The technology revolution has been creating disruptive changes in all aspects of life, including education. In Vietnam, education is going through significant transformation with private sector participation and the impact of technology on the way people learn new skills and knowledge. Conventional education methodologies are under pressure to change, and new ways of learning are being invented. The first Forbes Talks: The future of Education of Forbes Vietnam, focusing on the most updated trends and movements in education, will provide entrepreneurs, educators, policy makers and the public with updated and important insights to invest in this field in the future. SPEAKERS Dr. Phạm Minh Tuấn, Founder and Chairman, Topica Edtech Group Mr.Nguyễn Ngọc Thủy, Chairman APAX English JSC Ms. Phan Hà Thủy, CEO Vinschool Dr.Phạm Quốc Lộc, Founder and CEO, PLA Education Dr. Nguyễn Bá Hải, Head of Creative Department, HCM University of Technology and Education Dr. Đàm Quang Minh, Dean of Thành Tây University Madame Đàm Bích Thủy, Founder and Principal of Fulbright University Vietnam Dr. Đỗ Mạnh Cường, Permanent member of Education Council; Academic Director of NHG FORBES TALKS: THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION DATE: October 20th 2017 TIME: 1PM-5:30 PM VENUE: InterContinental Saigon FEE: STANDARD PRICE: 1,100,000 VND (Early bird discount of up to 40%, till October 5th 2017) Please contact hotline 0902 440 175 for more information or visit http://event.forbesvietnam.com/forbestalks2017education/ ××××× VIETNAM: BUSINESS, APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 - September 2017 Vietnam: Forbes Talks Event on Branding - August 2017 Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: new flight Bangkok – Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur – Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 1.036.880 foreign visitors in July 2017 Vietnam: 1,229,163 foreign visitors in August 2017 Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× THAILAND: THE ROYAL CREMATION CEREMONY Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017
    01.10.2017
    International visitors to Vietnam in September 2017 estimated 975,952 arrivals, as published by Vietnam National Administration of tourism. In September 2017, number of international arrivals to Vietnam decreased 20.6% over last month and up 18.6% over the same period last year 2016. TOP10 international arrivals by nationality to Vietnam in September 2017 refreshed again and looks as follows: 1/ China: 283,223 visitors 2/ Korea: 213,538 visitors 3/ Japan: 80,304 visitors 4/ Taiwan: 46,524 visitors 5/ Malaysia: 39,301 visitors 6/ USA: 38,847 visitors 7/ Russia: 36,196 visitors 8/ Australia: 29,261 visitors 9/ Singapore: 22,241 visitors 10/ Thailand: 19,522 visitors Total international arrivals in 9 months reached 9,448,331 arrivals, increase 28.4% over the same period last year. Photo: Pascal ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: new flight Bangkok – Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur – Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 1.036.880 foreign visitors in July 2017 Vietnam: 1,229,163 foreign visitors in August 2017 Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× THAILAND: THE ROYAL CREMATION CEREMONY Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot ××××× VIETNAM: BUSINESS, APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017
  • Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan
    28.09.2017
    Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan, or the Golden Palanquin with Three Poles, is used to transfer the royal urn from Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace to Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot (the Great Victory Royal Chariot). The royal urn is placed upon the Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot on the eastern side of Wat Phra Chetupon (Wat Pho). This palanquin was built in the reign of King Rama II for use to carry the royal urn of King Rama I. Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan is made of carved wood, lacquered, and gilded. It is 7.73 meters long and 1.78 meters high and weighs 700 kilograms. It is borne with three poles by two shifts of 60 persons. Source: http://www.kingrama9.net The Committee on Public Relations for the Royal Cremation for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Date: 13 June 2017 THAILAND: THE ROYAL CREMATION CEREMONY Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: new flight Bangkok - Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur - Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Nguyen Thu Huong: Women Leaders international network ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot
    28.09.2017
    Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot, or the Great Victory Royal Chariot, is made of carved wood, lacquered and gilded, and decorated with glass. It was built in the reign of King Rama I for the royal cremation of Somdet Phra Pathom Borommahachanok, the father of King Rama I, in 1795. Later, it has been used to carry the royal urns of kings, queens, and members of the royal family. There is a Busabok (small pavilion) on the Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot. Length: 18 meters Width: 4.85 meters Weight: 13.7 tons Pulled by 216 persons. Front: 172 persons Back: 44 persons Source: http://www.kingrama9.net The Committee on Public Relations for the Royal Cremation for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Date: 21 June 2017 THAILAND: THE ROYAL CREMATION CEREMONY Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: new flight Bangkok - Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur - Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Nguyen Thu Huong: Women Leaders international network ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan
    28.09.2017
    Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan, or the Golden Palanquin with Three Poles, is used to transfer the royal urn from Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace to Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot (the Great Victory Royal Chariot). The royal urn is placed upon the Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot on the eastern side of Wat Phra Chetupon (Wat Pho). This palanquin was built in the reign of King Rama II for use to carry the royal urn of King Rama I. Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan is made of carved wood, lacquered, and gilded. It is 7.73 meters long and 1.78 meters high and weighs 700 kilograms. It is borne with three poles by two shifts of 60 persons. Source: http://www.kingrama9.net The Committee on Public Relations for the Royal Cremation for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Date: 13 June 2017 THAILAND: THE ROYAL CREMATION CEREMONY Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: new flight Bangkok - Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur - Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Nguyen Thu Huong: Women Leaders international network ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
    28.09.2017
    The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is scheduled for 25-29 October 2017. Thursday, 26 October, will be the royal cremation day, and it has been declared a public holiday by the Cabinet to allow the people to take part in paying a final tribute to His Majesty the late King. The process of the Royal Cremation will last five days. On the first day, 25 October, a royal merit-making ceremony will be held at 17.30 hr, in preparation for moving the royal urn to the Royal Crematorium at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground. It will take place at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace. On the second day, 26 October, the royal urn will be moved from Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall to the Royal Crematorium at 07.00 hr. The Royal Cremation Ceremony will take place between 17.30 hr and 22.00 hr at the Royal Crematorium. The actual cremation is scheduled for 22.00 hr. Festivities to pay a final tribute and farewell to the His Majesty King Bhumibol and to mark the ending of an official mourning period include public performances, such as the khon masked drama, puppet shows, and orchestras. They will start at 6:00 p.m. on the Royal Cremation Day, 26 October 2017, and run through 6:00 a.m. on the following day. The collection of royal relics will take place on the third day, 27 October at 08.00 hr, at the Royal Crematorium. On the fourth day, 28 October at 17.30 hr, a merit-making ceremony will be held for the royal relics at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall. On the fifth day, 29 October at 10.30 hr, the royal relics will be moved from Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall to be enshrined in the Heavenly Abode in Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall. Later, on the same day, at 17.30 hr, the royal ashes will be enshrined at two temples, namely Wat Ratchabophit and Wat Bovoranives. After the Royal Cremation Ceremony, an exhibition will be held at Sanam Luang for 30 days, from 1 to 30 November, where people will be able to learn more about the ceremony. The exhibition will feature arts and culture regarding the Royal Crematorium and related structures. Source: http://www.kingrama9.net The Committee on Public Relations for the Royal Cremation for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Date: 13 June 2017 THAILAND: THE ROYAL CREMATION CEREMONY Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: new flight Bangkok - Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur - Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Nguyen Thu Huong: Women Leaders international network ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony
    28.09.2017
    Sandalwood flowers have been used in cremation ceremonies in Thailand since olden days, as it is believed that the fragrance of sandalwood will lead the souls of the deceased to heaven. In the Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the traditional sandalwood flowers, to be used by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun and members of the Royal Family, have been made from fragrant sandalwood trees taken from the Kui Buri National Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan. His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun has ordered the organizing of a project for members of the public who wish to learn how to make cremation sandalwood flowers, which will then be offered during the Royal Cremation Ceremony for His Majesty King Bhumibol. There are seven types of sandalwood flowers for this ceremony, each type with a special meaning: 1. The daffodil, known in Thai as dararat, was His Majesty King Bhumibol’s favorite flower. The late King often presented this flower to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit when they stayed in Switzerland. Dararat is popularly offered to a loved one, as it signifies honor, bravery, and hope. Dara means star and rat is a precious gem; 2. The rose represents true love, as well as the loyalty of the people toward His Majesty King Bhumibol; 3. The cotton rose, known in Thai as dok phuttan, represents stability and fertility. The Chinese regard it as an auspicious flower. The cotton rose may turn three colors on the same day, which is analogous to the cycle of life; 4. The white lily represents honesty and the loyalty of the people toward King Bhumibol; 5. The orchid is a symbol of stability, love, and grace, representing the benevolence of His Majesty the late King in performing his numerous royal activities; 6. Chabathip is a newly created flower representing demise and divinity. It is meant to pay a final tribute to His Majesty King Bhumibol, who has won a permanent place in the Thai people’s hearts; 7. Chabanu represents the heartfelt condolences of the people from all walks of life. It is a symbol of all Thai hearts in paying their final tributes to the late King in the Royal Cremation Ceremony. Source: http://www.kingrama9.net The Committee on Public Relations for the Royal Cremation for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Date: 26 September 2017 THAILAND: THE ROYAL CREMATION CEREMONY Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: new flight Bangkok - Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur - Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Nguyen Thu Huong: Women Leaders international network ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Thailand: new flight Bangkok - Phu Quoc (Vietnam)
    22.09.2017
    New route from Bangkok (Thailand) to Phu Quoc (Vietnam) was introduced by boutique airlines Bangkok Airways. New flight is scheduled from 29 October 2017. Mostly created for international tourists convinience, this flight also gives a chance for Vietnamese and foreign residents of Phu Quoc island to travel to Thailand directly, without stop-over and transit via over-crowded Tan Son Nhat airport of Ho Chi Minh city. Flight Bangkok - Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Operated by Bangkok Airways From 29 October 2017 Flight PG 991: Bangkok - Phu Quoc Flight PG 992: Phu Quoc - Bangkok Duration : 01h 40m Rate: from THB 2,295 ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur - Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Nguyen Thu Huong: Women Leaders international network ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Nguyen Thu Huong: Women Leaders international network
    20.09.2017
    Vietnamese business community highly appreciates Mrs Nguyen Thu Huong. Miss Sport Vietnam in 1998, owner of several business and women magazines in Vietnam, honored with the title Mrs Vietnam 2012 and 1st runner Mrs World 2012, founder of Women Leaders International network. Business&Leisure: Women Leaders International network , what was the path of from the beginning till now? Nguyen Thu Huong: We started in 2013, until now almost 4 years. We started with me and 10 friends, who supported the idea of Women Leaders International network (WLIN). Now in Vietnam we have around 500 members. And we network with international partners. We supported Women Leaders Malaysia to develop very well. In Vietnam we have 7 clubs. They support each other in business development and networking. Till the end of this year we plan to have 10 clubs, with number of memebers up to 1000 business women. The most important is quality. So we can really support together in business. Business&Leisure: Purpose and principles of WLIN? What is the difference between WLIN and other business associations in Vietnam? Nguyen Thu Huong: With the vision of WLIN supports the women to become more beautiful and more confident and successful. WLIN supports for women to develop themselves, to perform more effectively in business, society and bring better world for the next generation. What is the difference between WLIN and other business clubs in Vietnam? It is special, it is for women only: to meet, to share, to exchange. WLIN is the number one business club in Vietnam for the women, it has big network. We can not only support with networking for our members in Vietnam, but in other countries as well. We plan to reach the target: 10.000 members worldwide in 2020. Business&Leisure: Business women from how many countries are linked within WLIN? Nguyen Thu Huong: WLIN is linked with many countries, where we have Vietnamese people living and doing business, they help us to deliver the ideas and values of WLIN to the local business community. In ASEAN, WLIN has connections with Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, USA, Australia. Also we just finished set-up for WLIN in South Africa. Business&Leisure: WLIN in Vietnam, is it mostly for local business community or integrated with international businesses in Vietnam? Nguyen Thu Huong: Basically, WLIN with the word international in the name, is networking globally? Not onlu in Vietnam and trying to connect business women from different countries. Open the door for Vietnamese business women to meet the global partners and help international businesses in Vietnam to get an access to Vietnamese market. We network with Korean, Taiwan, Japanese, Europeans doing business in Vietnam, we help them to connect to real Vietnamese market. If they only know EuroCham, AusCham, AmCham etc, it is difficult to understand the real local businesses. Now in Vietnam we have something about 60.000 companies, 40% of them are owned by women. Moreover, women have leading positions in many companies as well. If the foreign businesses in Vietnam can connect to these women, it means they can connect to the real market. If the connect to WLIN, they can understand Vietnamese market better. I plan to organize a special club for international business women currently doing their business in Vietnam to gather within English speaking club in the framework of WLIN. Business&Leisure: What of the projects within the framework of WLIN that you personally feel the most proud of? Nguyen Thu Huong: WLIN has a lot of activities. CEO-kids is a program to support for the next generation to develop leadership from the childhood. Also we praise value of mother with program Mother Beauty Award. Women should be successful both in business and personal life. Live a beautiful balanced life, beautiful both inside and outside. Every year, we organize a big event for women leaders, we call it Beauty Queen. I am so proud because of the Women Leaders Beauty Queen. After training, our members change very positive way, they look more beautiful, more professional in public speaking, media appearance, personal branding. Every year in March we have Women Leaders International Forum. When all international clubs within global WLIN network meet together to join the activities and business networking. Membership fee: 10.000.000 vnd/year (around 500 usd) All members are granted with a privilege of access to 3 big WLIN events in the year. Every club has weekly member’s meeting, usually organized as business-lunch or networking dinner, depending on the destination: Hanoi, Hochiminh-city, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Nha Trang. ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur - Nha Trang (Vietnam)
    15.09.2017
    New direct flight from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) to Nha Trang (Vietnam) was started by Air Asia from 14 September 2017. Tourists from Malaysia are listed in TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam. Moreover, this flight gives a chance for Vietnamese and foreign residents of Nha Trang to travel to Malaysia directly, without stop-over and transit via crouded Tan Son Nhat airport of Ho Chi Minh city. Flight Nha Trang - Kuala Lumpur Operated by Air Asia From 14.9.2017 Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes Rate: from 29usd ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Nguyen Thu Huong: Women Leaders international network ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Russia-Japan: Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe made statements for the press
    08.09.2017
    Press statements following talks with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Prime Minister, ladies and gentlemen, We are happy to welcome such a representative delegation from Japan here at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok for the second time. The impressive presence of our Japanese partners at the forum is becoming a good tradition. This is a great opportunity to discuss the joint projects we are already implementing and map out new plans. I invited the Prime Minister of Japan to take part in another major international economic forum – the St Petersburg International Economic Forum in late May 2018. Prime Minister Abe accepted our invitation. We also agreed to attend the opening of the reciprocal years of Russia and Japan together on May 26 in Moscow. As for these talks, they were substantive and straightforward. Both sides demonstrated their desire to develop constructive cooperation in various areas. I would like to note that recently we have managed to restore a number of mechanisms for Russian-Japanese political dialogue. In March our foreign and defence ministers resumed their consultations in the two-plus-two format. The heads of our national security councils held talks before our meeting today. Mr Abe and I have agreed that the Chief of the Russian General Staff [Valery Gerasimov] and the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Land Forces [Oleg Salyukov] will visit Japan soon. Positive trends have been reported in our trade and economic cooperation. Mutual trade increased by almost 15 percent in the first six months of this year and reached $8.4 billion. The structure of our bilateral trade is improving. The share of fuel and energy is decreasing in Russia’s exports to Japan, while the volume of foods and agricultural products, as well as non-ferrous metals and chemical goods, is increasing. During our meeting, we highly assessed the eight-point cooperation plan that was proposed by Prime Minister Abe and the joint list of priority projects. The Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation, the High-Level Group and the Advisory Council on Energy have been working effectively. Russian and Japanese business activity will be boosted by the Convention on Avoiding Double Taxation, which we signed a short while ago. Japan’s participation in the INNOPROM 2017 exhibition in Yekaterinburg as a Partner Country has produced practical results. We are looking forward to welcoming our Japanese partners at the INNOPROM exhibition next year. I would like to say that Japanese companies make extensive use of the advantages of doing business in priority development areas. In April 2016, a greenhouse farm was launched in the Khabarovsk Territory jointly with JGC Evergreen and the Hokkaido Bank. Plans provide for buildings three more such complexes. We are implementing the Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2 oil and gas projects. We have built Russia’s first gas liquefaction plant, which exports the bulk of its products to Japan. Work is underway at Sakhalin LNG to build the third production line. We are building up our cooperation in nuclear energy. We hope that the joint projects to clear up the consequences of the Fukushima accident will be coordinated by the end of the year. Our talks with Mr Prime Minister also included discussions of a promising idea of direct railway communication between our countries. However, this calls for additional in-depth analysis. We are promoting cooperation in education. We appreciate the activities of the Association of Russian and Japanese Universities, which has sponsored a Russian-Japanese student symposium, which is currently underway in Vladivostok. Our cultural and humanitarian ties have grown stronger and are promoting the development of a positive atmosphere and mutual trust in bilateral relations. In June, Prime Minister Abe attended the opening of Russian Seasons in Tokyo. The 12th Festival of Russian Culture opened there in July. In November, Japan will attend the St Petersburg International Cultural Forum as a guest. We are promoting sports cooperation. After the planned events end at Far Eastern Federal University, Mr Abe and I will attend the International Jigoro Kano Junior Judo Tournament and the ground-breaking ceremony for the Martial Arts Centre on Russky Island. We also discussed the question of the peace treaty, including the possibility of joint economic operation on the South Kurils. Following the August 17 talks between our foreign ministries in Moscow, we have selected several promising projects that will be implemented as a priority. They concern above all cooperation in aquaculture, wind power, greenhouse farms, household waste recycling and package tours. As agreed with Mr Prime Minister, this year the process for Japanese citizens to visit the burial sites of their relatives in the South Kurils was simplified as much as possible. Many of you know that, regrettably, the first direct flight for this purpose had to be cancelled due to bad weather. Now a similar trip is planned this month, and I hope the weather will not let us down this time. Naturally, much attention at the talks was paid to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula. We discussed this issue during our September 3 telephone conversation and today continued this substantive discussion. We strongly denounced the launch of the North Korean medium-range missile that flew over Japan on August 28 and the next nuclear test on September 3. We understand and share the concern of the Japanese side. Needless to say, by its actions Pyongyang is creating a serious threat to peace and security in the entire region. I reaffirmed to the Prime Minister our position that the situation on the Korean Peninsula and, particularly, the nuclear issue can only be settled by political and diplomatic means. To begin with, it is necessary to reduce the general tensions and then develop a dialogue between the interested parties as has been proposed, for example, in the Russian-Chinese roadmap for a step-by-step settlement. On the whole, the talks with Mr Abe were meaningful and very useful, in particular for the further development of bilateral cooperation in many areas. I would like to express my gratitude for this to Mr Prime Minister and all the members of the Japanese delegation. Thank you for your attention. Date: September 7, 2017 Source: http://kremlin.ru ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 -September 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× VIETNAM – APEC 2017 Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016
  • EEF2017: Russian-Japanese talks
    08.09.2017
    Vladimir Putin held talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Vladivostok to discuss prospects for the development of bilateral relations and current regional issues. President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Prime Minister, colleagues, I am very happy to see you here in Vladivostok. We constantly stay in contact, and this facilitates the work of our businesses and governments. As I mentioned, 270 Japanese companies operate in Russia. Our trade turnover is beginning to grow steadily after a slump; it has increased by over 16 percent in the first six months of 2017. I would like to thank you once again for accepting our invitation and for attending the Eastern Economic Forum. We will also be happy to see you at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum next spring, keeping in mind that cooperation between Japan and Russia, of course, exceeds the boundaries of such a huge region as the Russian Far East. Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe (retranslated): Mr President, As I promised last year, I am happy to meet with you here in Vladivostok. I am happy to note that the agreements reached at our meeting last year are steadily being implemented. I believe that all areas of Russian-Japanese relations continue to develop. Today I am counting on a frank exchange of opinions for unlocking the tremendous potential of Japanese-Russian relations. I am also ready to discuss the issue of North Korea and other regional tasks to make our significant contribution to ensuring regional peace and stability. I am also counting on a productive discussion to take a step forward, including on the issue of concluding the peace treaty. I would like to cooperate with you in joint economic activities on the islands and also in providing the maximum possible freedom of movement to the former residents of these islands for the purpose of accomplishing our historical task, specifically, the conclusion of the peace treaty. Date: September 7, 2017 Source: http://kremlin.ru ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 -September 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× VIETNAM – APEC 2017 Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016
  • EEF2017: Meeting with Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang
    06.09.2017
    Vladimir Putin had a meeting with Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China State Council Wang Yang in Vladivostok. President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Comrade Wang Yang, friends and colleagues, It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Vladivostok. You know that I have held extensive talks with the President of China, Comrade Xi Jinping, who is a big friend of Russia. I would like to again congratulate our Chinese friends on the success of this BRICS summit. I would like to say that you personally are doing a great deal to promote Russian-Chinese ties. In this context, I will sign an executive order to award you the Order of Friendship. You will receive the order during your meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. I know that you have a packed agenda. You have been to one city today, and tomorrow you will travel to another city, Khabarovsk. You have come here from a trip to Volgograd, and in Khabarovsk you will chair a meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on the development of relations between the Russian Far East and Northeast China. I would like to say that nearly 200 Chinese companies were presented at the Eastern Economic Forum last year. Contracts worth nearly 2 trillion rubles, or more precisely 1.9 trillion rubles, were signed then. Total Chinese investments made in the Russian Far East in the past two years exceed $3 billion. This is evidence of our efforts to implement the agreements we reached with the President of China. I am confident that we will be able to do a great deal at this year’s forum as well. We know that many of our Chinese friends, business people, have come to the forum. We hope that the volume of contracts we sign this year will be even larger than last year. Your work has produced a solid practical result. Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China State Council Wang Yang (retranslated): Mr President, First of all, I would like to thank you for your high opinion of the BRICS summit in Xiamen. I also want to thank you for awarding me the Order of Friendship. It is a great honour for me, and I am ready to make even greater, maximum efforts to promote Chinese-Russian relations. I also want to say that this is the second time you are receiving the Chinese delegation and me personally in the beautiful city of Vladivostok. I think that this is not just a protocol issue; it speaks to your great attention, the strengthening of the traditional friendship between our countries, as well as the efforts to intensify bilateral contacts. Vladimir Putin: I remember that you attended the first forum in 2015. We met there. Wang Yang: Yes. This is my third visit to Vladivostok. Over the past three years, the implementation of the Far East development strategy has changed Vladivostok. I think that the changes in Vladivostok are a microcosm of all the changes in Russia. I want to note that in recent years, under your leadership, Russia has dealt with the sluggish growth of the world economy, and, despite the sanctions of the West, has maintained stability and solidarity in society. The Russian economy began to gradually, steadily recover. Key economic indicators improved. As a good neighbour, a reliable partner and a good friend, the Chinese side is sincerely glad for your success. The Ambassador told me that during the BRICS summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping offered a new assessment of bilateral relations. He said that Chinese-Russian relations are not just relations, but comprehensive strategic partnership and cooperation, as well as friendship. For me, too, this is very positive, good news. I think that as your friend, I can resolve other issues for you, leaving more time for you to relax. (Laughter.) You know well the programme of my stay in Russia. Indeed, I held a meeting with Mr Rogozin yesterday, and tomorrow I am ready to take part in the work of the China-Russia business dialogue together with Mr Trutnev. The day after tomorrow, all of us will go to Khabarovsk to hold the first meeting of the intergovernmental commission. Such a high intensity and frequency of contacts is indicative of more active interaction between our countries. The main objective of my visit to Russia is to implement the agreements reached at the level of the heads of state. I would like to tell you that Mr Rogozin, Mr Trutnev and I have established not only close working contacts; we are old, good friends. Now let me say a few more words about the progress we made after our meeting in 2015. At that time, an initiative to strengthen cooperation in maritime affairs was put forward. I would like to let you know that last year, the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration and the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences undertook two joint expeditions to the Bering Sea, that is, in the Arctic area. On September 20 of this year, the aforementioned organisations will hold a joint seminar on maritime research in Vladivostok. During the upcoming seminar, the First Institute of the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration will sign an agreement with the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences on establishing the Centre for the Study of Maritime and Climatic Conditions. These are the results of work in the area of maritime research. I can assure you that it was not for nothing that you awarded me the Order of Friendship. (Laughter.) I did my bit to promote cooperation. Thank you very much for the time accorded to me. Vladimir Putin: President Xi Jinping’s assessments of the level and nature of our relations are absolutely objective and correspond to realities. But it is you and your Russian and Chinese colleagues who are creating the real substance behind all this in the course of your work. I would like to thank you for this again and wish you success. Date: September 6, 2017 Source: http://kremlin.ru ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 -September 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× VIETNAM – APEC 2017 Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016
  • Vietnam: TOP10 international arrivals in august 2017
    06.09.2017
    In August 2017 international arrivals to Vietnam increased 18.5% over last month and up 35.1% over the same period last year 2016. TOP10 international arrivals by nationality to Vietnam in August 2017 refreshed again and looks as follows: 1/ China: 436,164 visitors 2/ Korea: 240,985 visitors 3/ Japan: 80,570 visitors 4/ Taiwan: 54,150 visitors 5/ USA: 47,522 visitors 6/ Russia: 36,282 visitors 7/ Malaysia: 32,850 visitors 8/ Australia: 28,487 visitors 9/ England: 27,652 visitors 10/ France: 25,641 visitors Photo: archive ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 -September 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× Vietnam: Forbes Talks Event on Branding - August 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Vietnam: President Tran Dai Quang has not been seen in public for a month  
  • Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017
    30.08.2017
    Recent political earthquakes around the world are reshaping the way we do business among countries, most recently the turnaround of TPPs and trade relationships between the US, the world’s largest economy, and other markets including Vietnam. Industrial Revolution 4.0 and the rise of new technologies, from data mining to Internet of Things, is disrupting business worldwide. Against this backdrop, the business sector in Vietnam is at the best position to thrive and reach its full potential in decades. After two decades of capitalization and building its capacity, companies can tap on opportunities not just at home market but also regional and international markets. They also can leap if they can make the most of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 – the current trend of automation and data exchanges. The challenges lie at having the best strategy to embrace opportunities in this fast changing world. To address the challenges, discuss opportunities and exchange ideas that could help businesses to make the most of the changes, Forbes Vietnam’s Business Vietnam 2017, under the theme EMBRACING A CHANGING WORLD, will focus on discussions about: Defining the new reality, Prepare leadership for the next generation, Strategies for a changing world. Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 will take place at Ho Chi Minh City, 14 September 2017. Delegate attendance is limited to the qualified titles: usually Chairman, Vice Chairman, CEO, President, C suite and Director level from Vietnam and global company. Event: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 Date: 14 September 2017 Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - For more details about the event, please click http://event.forbesvietnam.com/2017businessforum/ - For any inquiries or questions, please contact us at 0933 244 600 or send email to businessforum@forbesvietnam.com - The Event participation fee is VND 11.000.000 / person includes dinner, event documents and 10% VAT ××××× Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Vietnam: Forbes Talks Event on Branding ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 1,229,163 foreign visitors in August 2017 Vietnam: 1.036.880 foreign visitors in July 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Vietnam: 1,229,163 foreign visitors in August 2017
    29.08.2017
    International visitors to Vietnam in August 2017 estimated 1,229,163 arrivals, as published by Vietnam National Administration of tourism. In August 2017 international arrivals to Vietnam increased 18.5% over last month and up 35.1% over the same period last year 2016. TOP10 international arrivals by nationality to Vietnam in August 2017 refreshed again and looks as follows: 1/ China: 436,164 visitors 2/ Korea: 240,985 visitors 3/ Japan: 80,570 visitors 4/ Taiwan: 54,150 visitors 5/ USA: 47,522 visitors 6/ Russia: 36,282 visitors 7/ Malaysia: 32,850 visitors 8/ Australia: 28,487 visitors 9/ England: 27,652 visitors 10/ France: 25,641 visitors Total international arrivals in 8 months 2017 reached 8,472,379 arrivals, increase 29.7% over the same period last year. ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 1.036.880 foreign visitors in July 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017
    25.08.2017
    The world-famous Temple of Dawn pagoda, also internationally known as Wat Arun, will officially be reopened the end of this year after being closed to visitors for three years to undergo repairs and renovation along with other structures in the temple compound. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “This was the biggest repair and renovation work to take place on the temple in recent memory. The importance of this work, and that of Wat Arun to Thailand’s history, culture and tourism industry cannot be understated. “It used to be the home of the Emerald Buddha, and over the years has now become one of the most visited tourism sites in all of Thailand. The completion of the renovation and official reopening celebration in December this year is the source of great pride to all Thai people.” The 66.8-metre-high pagoda is the main feature of Wat Arun, which is decorated with seashells and bits of Chinese porcelain that glimmer in the sunshine. Under direction from Thailand’s Fine Arts Department, Wat Arun started undergoing renovation over three years ago, specifically to secure the base of its majestic pagoda. It was initially envisioned by Somdet Phra Chao Krung Thon Buri (King Taksin the Great) in 1768 after fighting his way out of Ayutthaya, when he arrived at this Buddhist temple just as dawn was breaking. He ordered the temple’s first renovation and renamed it Wat Chaeng, the Temple of Dawn. A 10-day long celebration of the completion of Wat Arun’s renovations will take place at the end of this year from 27 December through to 5 January, 2018. The festivities will include a tribute to Somdet Phra Chao Krung Thon Buri (King Taksin the Great), who ordered the previously mentioned restoration of the temple during his reign, along with ancient cultural and Thai dance performances. There will also be an exhibition on the temple’s history, showcasing the importance of its role in Thai society, highlighted by a display of award-winning photos of the temple taken over the years with the first images of Wat Arun dating back to 1865. Bangkok, 25 August, 2017 Source: Tourusm Authority of Thailand http://www.tatnews.org ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in July 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in June 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in May 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Forbes Talks Event on Branding - August 2017 Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite
  • Thailand: treasures of Thai textiles
    20.08.2017
    Thailand remains a country of weavers and wooden looms, artisans making traditional Thai Textiles – Treasures of a Kingdom by hand in a time honoured way despite the rise of mass produced, industrially manufactured materials and fashion. Northern Hill Tribe Textiles Chiang Mai offers an amazing insight into Thai textiles via the ethnic dress of the Northern Thai hill tribes. Each tribe, who migrated from the Himalayan foothills to Thailand, has a unique traditional textile tradition that is in contrast with one another as much as they complement. Silver and gold thread embroidery, seed embroidery, applique and chain stitching of animal and insect motifs are popular adornments. Women of the six most prevalent tribes; Karen, Lisu, Meo, Lahu, Yao and Akha, all go to Chiang Mai markets to sell their hand-woven textiles. Similarly, the art of Mo Hom has advanced in recent years to meet the desires of creative consumers looking for authentic artisan products. Mo Hom is cotton fabric manipulated into various patterns using the strength of the dye and time soaked in the solution, producing stunning shades of indigo across a spectrum from dark navy to sunlight blue. Southern Region Textiles The textiles of Southern Thailand exhibit characteristics and influences of those from Malaysia and or Indonesia’s island of Sumatra. Pha Yok is a rare cloth woven only in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Trang provinces. It is another type of fabric that was favoured in the past by royals and people of noble birth. It is like Songket (a Malaysian cloth) and requires high-skilled weavers and complicated techniques. Gold and silver thread woven into this kind of cloth creates its lustrous texture. Hang Karok is a technique unique to the Southern Region that uses two-coloured twisted thread before woven. Centres of production include villages around Trang and in the Songkhla Lake area. Northeast Mudmee Magic The diversity of the ethnic people who settled in villages on the Khorat Plateau led to an abundance of different weaving styles, producing a vast array of silk and cotton textiles. Each is unique and beautiful on its own right as every Northeastern or Isan village will have its own signature style. Mudmee silk is a staple of the Northeast region weaving industry and H.M. Queen Sirikit is very fond of this kind of silk. Though it can be woven from cotton yarn, Mudmee is regarded as the ‘Queen of Thai Silk’ because of the Thai Queen and the textile’s intricate patterns. It is woven in almost all provinces in the Northeast region; such as, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Roi Et, Surin, Buri Ram and Si Sa Ket. Source: Tourusm Authority of Thailand http://www.tatnews.org ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in July 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in June 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in May 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Forbes Talks Event on Branding - August 2017 Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite
  • Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017
    17.08.2017
    Thailand will introduce a new immigration form, starting from 1 October this year. The redesigned form will have only one side for international travellers to record both arrival and departure information, with an automatic channel barcode for more convenience. It will replace the current two-page departure and arrival cards. The new form is currently being finalised in order to ensure that it takes up the least amount of time for the travellers to fill out but gains the most useful information. Information obtained from the immigration form is used by relevant government agencies to track data on international arrivals. Bangkok, 17 August, 2017 Source: Tourusm Authority of Thailand http://www.tatnews.org ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in July 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in June 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in May 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Forbes Talks Event on Branding - August 2017 Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite
  • Vietnam: TOP10 international arrivals in July 2017
    08.08.2017
    In July 2017 international arrivals to Vietnam increases 9.2% over last month. TOP10 international arrivals by nationality to Vietnam in July 2017 refreshed again and looks as follows: 1/ China: 329.319 visitors 2/ Korea: 193.569 visitors 3/ Taiwan: 59,800 visitors 4/ Japan: 58,614 visitors 5/ USA: 56,832 visitors 6/ Australia: 36,451 visitors 7/ Russia: 34,655 visitors 8/ Malaysia: 32,850 visitors 9/ England: 21,672 visitors 10/ Singapore: 19,183 visitors International visitors to Vietnam in July 2017 estimated 1.036.880 arrivals, as published by Vietnam National Administration of tourism. Total international arrivals in 7 months 2017 reached 7,243,216 arrivals, increase 28.8% over the same period last year Photo: Pascal ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Vietnam: 1.036.880 foreign visitors in July 2017
    30.07.2017
    International visitors to Vietnam in July 2017 estimated 1.036.880 arrivals, as published by Vietnam National Administration of tourism. Means thus month Vietnam reached the target: over 1 million international arrivals per month. After two consecutive months, when internatinal arrivals to Vietnam were marked under one million. In July 2017 international arrivals to Vietnam increases 9.2% over last month and up 21.1% over the same period last year 2016. TOP10 international arrivals by nationality to Vietnam in July 2017 refreshed again and looks as follows: 1/ China: 329.319 visitors 2/ Korea: 193.569 visitors 3/ Taiwan: 59,800 visitors 4/ Japan: 58,614 visitors 5/ USA: 56,832 visitors 6/ Australia: 36,451 visitors 7/ Russia: 34,655 visitors 8/ Malaysia: 32,850 visitors 9/ England: 21,672 visitors 10/ Singapore: 19,183 visitors Total international arrivals in 7 months 2017 reached 7,243,216 arrivals, increase 28.8% over the same period last year ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Vietnam: 949,362 foreign visitors in June 2017
    01.07.2017
    International visitors to Vietnam in June 2017 estimated 949,362 arrivals, as published by Vietnam National Administration of tourism. One more time in 2017 monthly arrivals are marked below 1 million international arrivals per month. Decrease 2.4% over May 2017. Nevertheless, in June 2017 still up 33.6% over the same period last year. TOP10 international arrivals by nationality to Vietnam in May 2017 are as follows: 1/ China: 315,312 visitors 2/ Korea: 177,061 visitors 3/ Japan: 55,830 visitors 4/ USA: 51,943 visitors 5/ Taiwan: 50,176 visitors 6/ Russia: 38,087 visitors 7/ Malaysia: 35,536 visitors 8/ Australia: 27,003 visitors 9/ Singapore: 25,414 visitors 10/ Cambodia: 19,999 visitors Total international arrivals to Vietnam in 6 months reached 6,206,336 arrivals, increase 30.2% over the same period last year. Photo: Pascal ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in June 2017
    29.06.2017
    International visitors to Vietnam in June 2017 estimated 949,362 arrivals. TOP10 international arrivals by nationality to Vietnam in June 2017 are as follows: 1/ China: 315,312 visitors 2/ Korea: 177,061 visitors 3/ Japan: 55,830 visitors 4/ USA: 51,943 visitors 5/ Taiwan: 50,176 visitors 6/ Russia: 38,087 visitors 7/ Malaysia: 35,536 visitors 8/ Australia: 27,003 visitors 9/ Singapore: 25,414 visitors 10/ Cambodia: 19,999 visitors Total international arrivals to Vietnam in 6 months reached 6,206,336 arrivals, increase 30.2% over the same period last year. As published by Vietnam National Administration of tourism. One more time in 2017 monthly arrivals are marked below 1 million international arrivals per month. Decrease 2.4% over May 2017. Nevertheless, in June 2017 still up 33.6% over the same period last year. ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in June 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in May 2017
    05.06.2017
    List of TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam by nationality in May 2017 changed structure again. For the first time in 2017 Singapore entered the list. International visitors to Vietnam in May 2017 estimated 972,844 arrivals, as published by Vietnam National Administration of tourism. First time in 2017 below 1 million international arrivals per month. Decrease 9.2% over April 2017. Nevertheless, in May 2017 still up 26.8% over the same period last year. TOP10 international arrivals by nationality to Vietnam in May 2017 are as follows: 1/ China: 300,531 visitors 2/ Korea: 187,359 visitors 3/ Japan: 61,443 visitors 4/ Taiwan: 48,644 visitors 5/ Russia: 44,469 visitors 6/ Malaysia: 43,296 visitors 7/ USA: 39,740 visitors 8/ Thailand: 24,763 visitors 9/ Australia: 24,191 visitors 10/ Singapore: 22,116 visitors Total international arrivals in 5 months 2017 reached 5,256,974 arrivals, increase 29.6% over the same period last year. Photo: Pascal ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Vietnam: less foreign visitors in May 2017
    29.05.2017
    International visitors to Vietnam in May 2017 estimated 972,844 arrivals, as published by Vietnam National Administration of tourism. First time in 2017 below 1 million international arrivals per month. Decrease 9.2% over April 2017. Nevertheless, in May 2017 still up 26.8% over the same period last year. TOP10 international arrivals by nationality to Vietnam in May 2017 are as follows: 1/ China: 300,531 visitors 2/ Korea: 187,359 visitors 3/ Japan: 61,443 visitors 4/ Taiwan: 48,644 visitors 5/ Russia: 44,469 visitors 6/ Malaysia: 43,296 visitors 7/ USA: 39,740 visitors 8/ Thailand: 24,763 visitors 9/ Australia: 24,191 visitors 10/ Singapore: 22,116 visitors Total international arrivals in 5 months 2017 reached 5,256,974 arrivals, increase 29.6% over the same period last year. Photo: Pascal ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Putin-Trump telephone conversation - 29.01.2017 Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 - Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017
    12.05.2017
    List of TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam by nationality in April 2017 changed structure again. China traditionally on the top in number of arrivals. Australia and England back to the list. France out. Some changed the line, up or down. TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam in April 2017 1/ China: 322,453 visitors 2/ Korea: 174,373 visitors 3/ Japan: 59,981 visitors 4/ Russia: 55,490 visitors 5/ Taiwan: 48,890 visitors 6/ USA: 48,860 visitors 7/ Malaysia: 39,654 visitors 8/ Australia: 35,176 visitors 9/ England: 31,447 visitors 10/ Thailand: 30,643 visitors Total international arrivals to Vietnam in 4 months reached 4,284,130 arrivals, increase 30.3% over the same period year 2016. Photo: Pascal Full Moon Village resort, Muine, Vietnam ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Vietnam: 48,860 visitors from USA in April 2017
    02.05.2017
    Visitors from USA to Vietnam in April 2017 estimated 48,860 arrivals. Both business and leisure visitors from America are lined 6th among TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam by nationality. As published in late April by Vietnam National Administration of tourism, number of international arrivals to Vietnam in April increased 6.5% over last month March 2017 and up 34.0% over the same period last year 2016. Total international arrivals to Vietnam in 4 months reached 4,284,130 arrivals, increase 30.3% over the same period year 2016. Photo: Pascal ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 1.071.650 foreign visitors in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Putin-Trump telephone conversation - 29.01.2017 Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 - Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam: 1.071.650 foreign visitors in April 2017
    27.04.2017
    International visitors to Vietnam in April 2017 estimated 1,071,650 arrivals, as published by Vietnam National Administration of tourism. Means, number of international arrivals to Vietnam in April increase 6.5% over last month March 2017 and up 34.0% over the same period last year 2016. TOP10 international arrivals by nationality to Vietnam in April 2017 are as follows: 1/ China: 322,453 visitors 2/ Korea: 174,373 visitors 3/ Japan: 59,981 visitors 4/ Russia: 55,490 visitors 5/ Taiwan: 48,890 visitors 6/ USA: 48,860 visitors 7/ Malaysia: 39,654 visitors 8/ Australia: 35,176 visitors 9/ England: 31,447 visitors 10/ Thailand: 30,643 visitors Total international arrivals to Vietnam in 4 months reached 4,284,130 arrivals, increase 30.3% over the same period year 2016. ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Putin-Trump telephone conversation - 29.01.2017 Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 - Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Thailand: Wax Candle Procession Songkran
    13.04.2017
    Kanchanaburi has its own distinctive Songkran traditions, the highlight of which is the spectacular beeswax candle procession and other activities that accord with the Buddhists’ belief of the locals. The celebrations take place around Wat Nongprue in Kanchanaburi. Visitors will be able to take part in merit-making activities at the temple, the gentle pouring of water on local elders to show respect and to enjoy an exhibition that tells the story of the candle procession in Kanchanaburi. There will also be booths selling local products and tasty treats. For more information, contact TAT Kanchanaburi Office Songkran Festival 2017 Dates: 13-14 April, 2017 Venue: Kanchanaburi Source & photo: TAT website *** DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 *** ALSO INTERESTING: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Thailand: Songkran festival 2017 Thailand: Amazing Songkran Joyful Procession -  8-13 April 2017 Thailand: Wax Candle Procession Songkran - 13-14 April 2017 Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Thailand: Amazing Songkran Joyful Procession
    09.04.2017
    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) organised an Amazing Songkran Joyful Procession on 8 April, 2017, to officially get the Thai New Year celebrations off to a colourful start. The event marked the opening of the Amazing Songkran Experience Festival 2017, which is taking place in Bangkok’s Benjasiri Park from 8-13 April, and will give everyone a taste of the Thai New Year in the different regions of Thailand. Source & photo: TAT website *** DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 *** ALSO INTERESTING: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Thailand: Amazing Songkran Joyful Procession -  8-13 April 2017 Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Thailand: Songkran festival 2017
    08.04.2017
    Songkran Festival, which takes place nationwide in Thailand, is an event where boisterous fun and ancient traditions go hand-in-hand. For tourists, the event offers a chance to enjoy a huge celebration where water parties break out in the streets of Thailand’s towns and villages. For locals it is a time when they can spend precious time with families and visit the temples to observe ancient rites and make merit. There’s no doubting that it is a fascinating time to be in Thailand wherever you travel. Songkran Festival 2017 Dates: 1 -23 April, 2017 Venue: Nationwide Source & photo: TAT website *** DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 *** ALSO INTERESTING: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Thailand: Songkran festival 2017 Thailand: Amazing Songkran Joyful Procession -  8-13 April 2017 Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017
    05.04.2017
    South Korea is one of the leading economies of Asia region. Doing business in Korea: is it easy or difficult? World Bank Group every year ranks economies of the world on their ease of doing business. In 2017 Doing Business year’s report covers 11 indicator sets and 190 economies around the globe. The ranking for economy of Thailand as to 2017 in several selected indicators are as following: Ease of doing business: 5 Starting Business: 11 Construction permits: 31 Paying taxes: 23 Trading across borders: 32 It means that only in 4 countries of the world it is easier to do business, than in Kirea. But in 184 other countries of the world, business formalities are considered as less favorable, comparing to Republuc of Korea. For more details and updates, please check World Bank Group – Doing Business website: www.doingbusiness.org ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 *** ALSO INTERESTING: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino    
  • Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017
    03.04.2017
    List of TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam by nationality in March 2017 changed structure again. New countries entered the list. Some changed the line, up or down. TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam in March 2017 1/ China: 297,915 visitors 2/ Korea: 162,960 visitors 3/ Japan: 71,917 visitors 4/ Russia: 57,407 visitors 5/ USA: 48,880 visitors 6/ Taiwan: 46,333 visitors 7/ Malaysia: 42,150 visitors 8/ France: 26,739 visitors 9/ Thailand: 24,371 visitors 10/ England: 24,061 visitors International visitors to Viet Nam in March 2017 reached 1.005.821 arrivals, decrease 16.1% over Feb.2017, but grow up 21.1% over the same period last year. Check TOP10 foreign visitors to Vietnam by nationality for January and February 2017. Vietnam: 1,119,421 foreign visitors in February 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 *** ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: 1.005.821 foreign visitors in March 2017 Vietnam: 1,119,421 foreign visitors in February 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino *** DOING BUSINESS: Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017    
  • Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017
    02.04.2017
    Doing business in Thailand: is it easy or difficult? World Bank Group every year ranks economies of the world on their ease of doing business. In 2017 Doing Business year’s report covers 11 indicator sets and 190 economies around the globe. The ranking for economy of Thailand as to 2017 in several selected indicators are as following: Ease of doing business: 46 Starting Business: 78 Construction permits: 42 Paying taxes: 109 Trading across borders: 56 It means that in 45 countries of the world it is easier to do business, than in Thailand. But in 144 other countries of the world, business formalities are considered as less favorable, comparing to Thailand. For more details and updates, please check World Bank Group – Doing Business website: www.doingbusiness.org *** DOING BUSINESS: Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 *** ALSO INTERESTING: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Vietnam: 1.005.821 foreign visitors in March 2017
    29.03.2017
    International visitors to Viet Nam in March 2017 reached 1.005.821 arrivals. Trend One million international visitors per month started from January, with 1.007.238 foreign visitors, continued in February 2017 with 1,119,421 foreign visitors. In March 2017 number of intl. visitors decrease 16.1% over Feb.2017, but grow up 21.1% over the same period last year. TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam in March 2017 1/ China: 297,915 visitors 2/ Korea: 162,960 visitors 3/ Japan: 71,917 visitors 4/ Russia: 57,407 visitors 5/ USA: 48,880 visitors 6/ Taiwan: 46,333 visitors 7/ Malaysia: 42,150 visitors 8/ France: 26,739 visitors 9/ Thailand: 24,371 visitors 10/ England: 24,061 visitors TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam in March 2017 changed structure. Check TOP10 foreign visitors to Vietnam by nationality for January and February 2017. Vietnam: 1,119,421 foreign visitors in February 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 *** ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: 1.005.821 foreign visitors in March 2017 Vietnam: 1,119,421 foreign visitors in February 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino *** DOING BUSINESS: Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017    
  • Vietnam: Savills - Alternaty will create the best service
    28.03.2017
    Savills Vietnam is the largest and most experienced real estate practice with offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The company provides comprehensive property services such as: Residential Sales, Commercial Leasing, Residential Leasing, Research & Consultancy, Valuation & Feasibility Study, Banking & Corporate Services, Investment Brokerage & Advisory, Retail Consultancy & Leasing, Property & Asset Management, Tenant Advisory & Representation, Industrial Consultancy & Leasing, Marketing & Creative services. Savills Vietnam has won the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2016 - 2017 for “Best Real Estate Agency in Vietnam”, and “Best Property Consultancy in Vietnam”. With over 20 years of operations and growth in Vietnam, Savills is proud to be the most established real estate consultancy firm, providing the most comprehensive data and insights of the local property market development. Savills is pleased to announce a merger with Alternaty, a leading Hotel Advisory in Indochina. The merger highlights Savills' commitment to accelerate growth in the Asia Pacific and particularly South East Asia. The Alternaty team will join the well-established hotel business at Savills to focus on providing best in class hotel Advisory services for owners and developers. Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Savills Hotel Asia Pacific, which is led by Raymond Clement, Managing Director, based in Singapore, consists of individuals who have strong track record and experience across the tourism and hospitality sector: Mauro Gasparotti and Rudolf Hever, Founding Partners of Alternaty, will both take the role of Director, Hotels, Savills Asia Pacific, reporting in to Raymond Clement, driving business in Vietnam and South East Asia. This dedicated Hotel Advisory team will be based in Savills Ho Chi Minh City office, delivering the strongest Hospitality and Advisory team in the Region. The merger will give Savills a platform to tap into Indochina's rapidly growing hospitality markets, with Vietnam itself seeing a 26% increase in foreign arrivals in 2016.  With a growing number of investors actively seeking hotel and resort assets, this will complement Savills' already substantial investment brokerage platform. “Vietnamese hotel industry is becoming more dynamic as more players enter this growing market with the number of five-star hotel rooms in 2015 soaring by 37% year-on-year to reach 24,000.  This growing trend in hotel development can be seen across all hotel segments with an estimated 15%-20% growth in total hotel supply in the short term. Besides the key cities of HCMC and Hanoi, markets such as Phu Quoc, Danang and Nha Trang are catching investor attention too. Total hotel transaction volume reached almost $500 million in the last 24 months”. Rudolf Hever, Director of Hotels, Savills Asia Pacific said. Neil MacGregor, Managing Director, Savills Vietnam, shared “The Alternaty team, led by Mauro and Rudolf, are well known as market leaders in Hospitality in the IndoChina. Their capabilities will add depth to establish a robust platform, offering a complete suite of services for the hotel development lifecycle. Our ability to offer best in class hotel consultancy will expand our capability and boost other Savills Vietnam business lines, including project management, investment advisory, research & valuation and agency businesses.” Founded in 2012, Alternaty is known as the first and only local based hotel consultancy in Vietnam, with strong local knowledge, contacts, and extensive track record in commercial property, hotel and resort advisory throughout the IndoChina region. With a high profile, this award winning boutique real estate consultancy has played key advisory roles to major hospitality companies around the region. The Savills Hotels team, well placed in the Asia Pacific, is capable of putting forward unique asset realisation strategies and disposition services, as well as specific management and consultancy services. In the past 24 months, Savills Hotels sold US$2.1b worth of hotel assets in Asia Pacific. Most recently, it has led the sale of the Anantara Ubud Bali, the Duxton Hotel Saigon and the Hyatt Regency Osaka. ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 1,119,421 foreign visitors in February 2017 Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino *** DOING BUSINESS: Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017    
  • Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017
    25.03.2017
    Japan is one of the leading economies of the region.Doing business in Japan: is it easy or difficult? World Bank Group every year ranks economies of the world on their ease of doing business. In 2017 Doing Business year’s report covers 11 indicator sets and 190 economies around the globe. The ranking for economy of Japan as to 2017 in several selected indicators are as following: Ease of doing business: 34 Starting Business: 89 Construction permits: 60 Paying taxes: 70 Trading across borders: 49 It means that in 33 countries of the world it is easier to do business, than in Japan. While in all 155 other countries of the world business formalities are considered as less favorable, comparing to Japan. For more details and updates, please check World Bank Group – Doing Business website: www.doingbusiness.org Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 *** ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino
  • Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance
    21.03.2017
    Russia is ranked in TOP5 international arrivals to Vietnam in January 2017. Within last 5 years share of Russian market in the map of Vietnam tourism statistics grew immensely: from about 5.000 tourists per year before 2011 to 433,987 Russian tourists visited Vietnam in 2016. Exclusive interview with Mr. Abdullah Cankaya, Vice President Asia-Pacific Countries of Pegas Touristik, leading travel operator of Russia about past, present and future of tourism industry of Vietnam within  5 years retrospective and perspective. By Daria Mishukova ***** Business & Leisure: When you came to Vietnam to open a new destination for Russian market, for Pegas Touristik, what did you see in Vietnam? What was in the very beginning? Abdullah Cankaya: Actually I was interested to Vietnam as we were settled our company in Thailand (2004). I wanted to see around what else we could. That’s why I made trips to Vietnam at 2006 and 2008 two times to discover all and understand the country at almost all resort cities of Vietnam. Those times Vietnam as travel destination was very limited by room supply and infrastructure for Russian clients. At 2008 I had meet some individual Russian clients in Nha Trang and asked them: how did you come here? What made them to visit Nha Trang, in which way they were there? Learnt that they heard and wanted to visit. Feedbacks were good. But it was hard to reach: connecting flights, transportations, hotel bookings etc. And at my next visit at 2010 I did understand that we must start charter operation to Nha Trang. Business & Leisure: What was the most challenging in starting charter operation to Vietnam in 2011 and how did you overcome it? Abdullah Cankaya: That time in 2011 Pegas Touristik was the only one company who brought charter flights from different cities of Russia to Nha Trang. We wanted to fly with big body aircrafts, but at that time Cam Ranh international airport was not ready to welcome big body aircrafts by their equipments. And they could not give us a permission for landing of big body aircrafts in Cam Ranh airport. But the aircrafts (Boeing 757) we were using needed to stopover due to long distance and those aircrafts range was only 7-7.5 hrs maximum. We made some more attempts to explain our need and made meeting with Vietnamese authorities, with People's Committee of Nha Trang. They helped us to bring necessary equipments form Hanoi and HCM city and Nha Trang airport was ready to welcome big aircrafts. Today many big body aircrafts are flying to Nha Trang, thanks to this step. We appreciate and never forget this help for the current potential of tourism. But in 2011-2012 even Passport control booths were not enough. And there were no shops inside international waiting hall of Cam Ranh Airport. Now there are many, many changes and capacity increased a lot. Business & Leisure: What is the number of Russian tourists visited Vietnam with Pegas Touristik throughout these years and plan for 2017? Abdullah Cankaya: We started at 2011-2012 season with 80.000 tourists. And we came till crisis to 200.000 pax per year (including Danang). Years 2015 and 2016 were hard for Russian market.  In 2017 Pegas Touristik is planning to bring to Vietnam about 180-200.000 Russian tourists. Business & Leisure: Before 2011 for hotels in Nha Trang and Muine it was a typical situation: fully booked for Tet, booked well for weekend, almost no guests for 5 days/week. Was it challenging to deal with Vietnamese hoteliers at the beginning? Abdullah Cankaya: It took a really hard process for Pegas Touristik to explain our way of work. Vietnamese hotels never worked with global tourism charter business before. Even couple of times we collected all reservation and sales people in Nha Trang and Muine to explain the systems. But Vietnamese people are smart, they adapted quickly. I did not want to compare with other markets, but I can easily say that Vietnamese people are very smart to work with. Business & Leisure: Do the Russian tourists give positive feedback about Vietnam? What can be helpful to improve the situation with returning guests to Vietnam? Abdullah Cankaya: I may say that almost all clients are happy with Vietnam and services they receive as value of money. We don’t have major complaints. Improving the infrastructure is key point for return clients. But I must say, lately traffic jams, and squezzed downtown area started to be concern for future of Nha Trang. Nha Trang need to extend to new or larger downtown areas than Tran Phu street or this streeet need to avoid high traffic jams . Business & Leisure: Russian tourists are in TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam. What is the rating of Vietnam as travel destination for Pegas Touristik? Your forecast for tourism perspectives of Vietnam for the next 5 years? Abdullah Cankaya: In Asia region, for Pegas Touristik Vietnam is a second bigger after Thailand. Market became like this, as Thailand was in market last 15 years, while Vietnam for us in operation just for 5-6 years. Generally among our other travel destinations, I may say Vietnam is in top 10. TOP10 travel destination for our clients: Turkey, Egypt (temporary suspended), Thailand, Spain, Greece, Tunisia, Cyprus, India, Dubai and Vietnam. Vietnam increased the number of rooms very quickly in recent years. But all other tourism attractions must come together besides building rooms. New beaches and new invests are coming to region.  My idea is tourist capacity (not only from Russian market) will double in 5 years with many right supplies. Namely: different excursions, better restaurants, cafes, shops, touristic shows, attractions. Even modern hospitals will help to maintain the increase.  I am very optimist for the future of this beautiful country Vietnam. ××××× Exclusively for Business&Leisure All materials herein are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced or broadcasted without the prior written permission of Business&Leisure. In case of minor citing: indicate and add an active link to the original publication when reproduce. ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: 1,119,421 foreign visitors in February 2017 Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino *** DOING BUSINESS: Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017    
  • Vietnam: TOP10 intl arrivals in Feb. 2017
    18.03.2017
    List of TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam in February 2017 got some new names. February 2017 TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam by nationality 1/ China: 403,663 visitors 2/ Korea: 192,572 visitors 3/ Taiwan: 64,314 visitors 4/ USA: 63,519 visitors 5/ Japan: 63,279 visitors 6/ Russia: 59,463 visitors 7/ Malaysia: 38,478 visitors 8/ Australia: 27,867 visitors 9/ England: 26,861 visitors 10/ France: 26,536 visitors Total number of international visitors to Vietnam in February 2017 reached 1,119,421 arrivals. *** ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino *** DOING BUSINESS: Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017    
  • Pascal Lefebvre: windsurfing saga de Muine
    15.03.2017
    1) Muine in Vietnam has a reputation of one the best places in the world for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Is it true? Why? Certainly among on the top five in the world and it’s well known throughout the ocean and wind sports world. Why? The seasonal winds in Muine tend to be not only stronger but more consistent than in many other destinations. In Muine there is wind but when the dunes get very hot it creates a thermal effect that accelerate the wind. Then the wind arrives from the sea and hit land behind Mui Ne this is called a venturi effect, the wind accelerates when going over land and then to the water again. In winter the wind is stronger as we are in high pressure area, in the summer the wind shift to south East as we are then in low pressure. Also, Mui Ne has a large amount of schools and centers to choose from, as well the location with many center of interest around and a great weather year round. 2) How the windsurfing in Muine was developing within last decades? Windsurfing started with Jibe’s Beach Club and a small amount of windsurf boards and sails nearly two decades ago. Over the years a steady influx of yearly equipment purchases has enabled Jibes to have the most extensive gear collection in Mui Ne. In the meantime, other centers have also opened, each with its own clientele focus. Yearly competitions, some pro circuit events (PWA 20111) and high-level windsurfing competitors based here for the season all serve to improve the sport’s visibility and the performance levels of rider. In addition, Jibe’s windsurf school is famous for its extremely user-friendly and technical instruction in the school. This helps make the sport available to those who wish to get the experience of windsurfing independently and safely in only a few hours. 3) Leisure tourists frequently complain about sport activities on the beach and on the sea waves. The peaceful co-exhistence of active and passive vacation guests in Muine is possible? Peaceful co-existence is definitely possible between beach users. It’s the responsibility of the ocean sporters to yield right of way to other beach users and to follow specific procedures to avoid putting them at risk. Unfortunately- the awareness and consideration level among a segment of the sports community in Mui Ne is not at this point yet but we believe that continuing education can greatly reduce the cause of these complaints. 4) Who are the Top5 nationalities coming to Muine for windsurfing? Russia, UK, France, Germany, America as well as many other nationalites… Vietnam starting to show interest 5) How about Vietnamese enthusiasts? Over the year some locals that work at center have become very skilled in windsurf and other sport. With A new sponsor we are trying to set up a Team Vietnam and train them to race in high level event such as Sea Games, Beach Games and why not Olympics games. The team will consist of Vietnamese athletes already practicing the sport and with the support of the sport department younger candidate that will study and learn the sport with some professional coaching. *** ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: 1,119,421 foreign visitors in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino *** DOING BUSINESS: Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017    
  • Vietnam: 1,119,421 foreign visitors in February 2017
    02.03.2017
    International visitors to Viet Nam in February 2017 reached 1,119,421 arrivals. Trend One million plus international visitors per month started from January, with 1.007.238 foreign visitors. TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam in February 2017 1/ China: 403,663 visitors 2/ Korea: 192,572 visitors 3/ Taiwan: 64,314 visitors 4/ USA: 63,519 visitors 5/ Japan: 63,279 visitors 6/ Russia: 59,463 visitors 7/ Malaysia: 38,478 visitors 8/ Australia: 27,867 visitors 9/ England: 26,861 visitors 10/ France: 26,536 visitors *** ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino *** DOING BUSINESS: Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017    
  • Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
    27.02.2017
    Vietnam for decades is considered to be a fast growing economy of the region. Doing business in Vietnam: is it easy or difficult? World Bank Group every year ranks economies of the world on their ease of doing business. In 2017 Doing Business year’s report covers 11 indicator sets and 190 economies around the globe. The ranking for economy of Vietnam as to 2017 in several selected indicators are as following: Ease of doing business: 82 Starting Business: 121 Construction permits: 24 Paying taxes: 167 Trading across borders: 93 It means that in 81 countries of the world it is easier to do business, than in Vietnam. But in 108 other countries of the world business formalities are considered as less favorable, comparing to Vietnam. For more details and updates, please check World Bank Group – Doing Business website: www.doingbusiness.org *** DOING BUSINESS: Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 *** ALSO INTERESTING: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016   Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017
    26.02.2017
    Singapore is one of the leading economies of the world. World Bank Group every year ranks economies of the world on their ease of doing business. In 2017 Doing Business year’s report covers 11 indicator sets and 190 economies around the globe. The ranking for economy of Singapore as to 2017 in several selected indicators are as following: Ease of doing business: 2 Starting Business: 6 Construction permits: 10 Paying taxes: 8 Trading across borders: 41 It means that only in 1 country of the world it is easier to do business, than in Singapore. But in all 188 other countries of the world business formalities are considered as less favorable, comparing to Singapore. And so much more to be done. For more details and updates, please check World Bank Group – Doing Business website: www.doingbusiness.org Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 *** ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017
    26.02.2017
    Business in Malaysia, is it easy or difficult? World Bank Group every year ranks economies of the world on their ease of doing business. In 2017 Doing Business year’s report covers 11 indicator sets and 190 economies around the globe. The ranking for economy of Malaysia as to 2017 in several selected indicators are as following: Ease of doing business: 23 Starting Business: 112 Construction permits: 13 Paying taxes: 60 Trading across borders: 60 It means that in 22 countries of the world it is easier to do business, than in Malaysia. But in 167 other countries of the world business formalities are considered as less favorable, comparing to Malaysia. For more details and updates, please check World Bank Group – Doing Business website: www.doingbusiness.org Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 *** ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino
  • Vietnam: The 18th Jibes Vietnam Windsurf Fun Cup
    25.02.2017
    05.30 am pitch black, most are still sleeping, tired eyes arriving early at Jibes Beach Club to reserve what they feel will be the best board and sail choice for the day, “The 18th Jibes Vietnam Windsurf Fun Cup” is about to begin. This year we saw entries from 11 different countries (Vietnam, Russia, USA, Thailand, Netherlands, Canada, France, Israel, Germany, Catalonia and Estonia), great to see so many different nationalities brought together by their passion for windsurfing. Conditions this year did not disappoint, clean steady wind with a much smaller swell than previous years, competitors could focus more on fine tuning their rigs to produce maximum speeds with the added benefit of flatter riding conditions. The usual downwind slalom course was used with a total of 4 Jibes. Red, Yellow then Green and the racing began. This year Jibes focused on 2 days of full powered racing. The first day saw some close action with Albert Pijoan (CAT), Ageer Shamil (RUS), Ilya Chaika (RUS), Maksin Koskin (RUS), and Ilya Panagushin (RUS) all battling for first place. The end of the first day saw Albert Pijoan sitting in first, Ageer Shamil a close second with Ilya Chaika chasing in third. For the women’s event this year we saw some really high level riders, Vietnam was represented by Tran Thi Kim Chi (VN), Maria Shapkina (RUS) and Irina Gurko (RUS). Maria Shapkina dominated the first days racing only losing one heat to Tran Thi Kim Chi, leaving Irina Gurko in 3rd place for the day. The evening was spent at Tropical Mini Golf, where contestants and guests were treated to some of the finest foods of Mui Ne in what can only be described as a tropical paradise oasis. Day 2 saw very similar conditions only difference being this was the last day for competitors chasing 1st 2nd or 3rd to really give it all they had to secure a position on the podium. All heats were run consecutively really testing the rider’s stamina and skill. After all results were calculated for both days events excited faces gathered eager to know their positions. The prize giving this year consisted of brand new 2017 Starboard Isonic boards for the winners. Severne sails for second place (Freek and Unit) and Aeron booms for third. Special prizes were given to Tol Meltrer (Israel) our youngest competitor at the age of 13, showing high level riding and confidence never witnessed before, also we must mention and give huge respect to Daniel Callahan (USA) windsurfing veteran, showing the youngsters that it is a sport for all with no age limit. To make sure others had a chance of taking home something special a lucky draw was held for all who entered the competition, some great gifts were won from luxury hotel accommodation, windsurfing equipment to romantic evening meals. Winners Mens: 1st Albert Pijoan (CAT) 2nd Maksim Koshkin (RUS) 3rd Ilya Chaika (RUS) Womens: 1st Maria Shapkina (RUS) 2nd Tran Thi Kim Chi (VN) 3rd Irina Gurko (RUS) Vietnam-Muine: SUP competition 2017 - February 2017 Muine: Starboard testing in Muine Muine: Muine windsurf seasons Muine: Muine windsurf competitions Vietnam: the 6th Jibes Sunrise Surf competition - 12.2016 The closing ceremony was something not to be missed, an amazing musical performance from the local orphanage for blind children stole the show and left the crowds wanting more, all proceeds from the Fun Cup go directly to this charity making the whole event really worthwhile. Traditional dancing as well as live singing all went to make an unforgettable evening that danced into the early hours. Final thanks must go out to all our amazing sponsors which make this event possible: Starboard, Severne, Shamal, DHL, Aeron, Tropical Mini Golf, Whale Village, Chen Sea Resort, Warehouse, Marou Chocolate, Fanny Ice Cream, Sea Links City, Victoria Resort, Le Fruit, Cocobeach Resort, Blue Ocean Resort, Full Moon Village, Jibes Beach Club, Coca Cola, 69 Slam, Takalau Resort, Chasseur Blanc, and Dragon Beach. Mui Ne Windsurf Race Series This year also saw the introduction of “The Mui Ne Windsurf Race Series” created and managed by Pascal Lefebvre of Jibes Beach Club. This race series is a combination of three windsurf events held each year in Mui Ne. The points are taken from each event Surf4You Cup, Vetratoria Russian Cup and Jibes Vietnam Fun Cup, tabulated to get the top three winners all receiving very substantial cash prizes. Text: Adie Casket Photo: Pascal Also interesting: Vietnam: Overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness
    23.02.2017
    Vietnam is at a crucial stage of economic development, progressing from a being a low income to middle-income country. To continue this very positive trend, the country must be ever more internationally competitive. This can be achievedby observing what is happening within Vietnam and by learning from neighbouring countries. The World Bank and the Vietnam Business Forum (VBF) are assisting the government with ideas on how this can be accomplished. At the VBF recently, I made a suggestion to the Prime Minister about how flexible overtime, strategically controlled wage increases, better administration on foreign work permits and reviewing the labour code could all support Vietnam in becoming a more competitive internationally. The government has indicated that they are progressing on each of these issues, which is excellent news for everyone. Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon The Prime Minister himself has indicated that these HR matters are one of his top priorities. He has given a timetable regarding how the government will be working towards reaching these goals. The VBF sees this as an extremely positive development and they will contribute with their technical expertise and their knowledge on these topics in order to help in any way possible. Currently, Vietnam has one of the lowest overtime caps in the world. This makes it challenging for manufacturers to meet flexible export demands. I proposed to increase the overtime cap so it is closer to international standards, bringing Vietnam closer to the practices of regional peers such as China, Thailand, and Cambodia among others. This will make Vietnam more attractive to foreign export manufacturing investors and speed up industrialization. Another factor for foreign manufacturers to consider when entering the Vietnamese market is long-term employment cost. In China, there has been rapid wage inflation and the country already seems unattractive to international investors, because the country is no longer as cost-competitive. The government in Vietnam is planning to give clear controls and forward guidance on wage inflation, making the Vietnamese market more attractive to overseas manufactures, creating jobs to everyone’s benefit. For Vietnam to reach international standards, they need to transfer knowledge from other countries. The easiest way to do this is to have global experts come here to help businesses. The efficient administration of foreign work permits is an easy way to improve this vital knowledge flow. The Prime Minister correctly identified that reforming the Labour Code will benefit Vietnamese workers, the business community and the country. I organized recommendations from many chambers of commerce and we all look forward to developments in this regard. There are already some outstandingly good companies and human resources in Vietnam, with some of these already better than almost any other country in the world. Vietnam I believe has the potential to be one of the most successful countries in the world. The VBF and World Bank will do everything they can to share their knowledge to benefit Vietnam.The resulting strong domestic private business sector reduces the country’s dependency on foreigners, which is more economically sustainable in the long term. Vietnam has had the highest and fairest growth rate in the world over the last 20 years, so the business community and the World Bank are the first to praise the government for this achievement. A communist system is actually far more responsive and accountable than most foreigners would guess. The VBF put forward the business community’s case and the government has worked with us to get a really positive result. I am from England and cannot imagine being able to achieve such a good result with my own government – Vietnam is better in that regard. It is wonderful to see the World Bank, the VBF and the government all agreeing and working in the same direction. The Prime Minister has started a process which I have every confidence will bring Vietnam successfully to its next level of development. We thank the government for their leadership and achievements. Text & photo: Colin Blackwell, Chairman of HR Committee of the Vietnam Business Forum ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation - 29.01.2017 Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 - Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting
    21.02.2017
    First Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 1) and Related Meetings from February 18 to March 3 will gather in Nha Trang city, Viet Nam 1.500 plus delegates of 21 member economies of APEC. According to press release of APEC 2017 National Committee, SOM 1 to take place under the chairmanship of APEC 2017 SOM Chair Bui Thanh Son, and related meetings offer an essential platform for APEC member economies to kick off substantive discussions to advance APEC cooperation, leading up to APEC 2017’s Leaders’ Week at Da Nang city this November. Around 1,900 delegates from member economies, representatives from the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and other regional and international organizations as well as the business community will participate in SOM 1 and the 56 working group and committee-level meetings. Under the overarching theme “Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future”, SOM 1 and related meetings will discuss on the priorities for APEC cooperation in 2017. APEC delegates will also exchange ways to advance those priorities with concrete initiatives, which set the ground for deliverables to be submitted to APEC Ministers and Economic Leaders later. SOM 1, preceded by the meetings of the four Committees on Trade and Investment, Economic, Economic and Technical Cooperation, and Budget and Management, will identify key areas of work and set agenda for cooperation on a wide range of issues, including trade and investment liberalization, business facilitation, emergency preparedness, quality growth, technical and economic cooperation, anti-corruption and transparency, human resource development, custom procedures, food security and agriculture, life science and innovation,… At a time the world and the region are undergoing profound changes and continued slow economic and trade growth, APEC member economies will particularly focus on ways to strengthen cooperation and to contribute to fostering growth and economic integration in the Asia – Pacific region. The APEC Deputy Finance and Central Bank Deputies’ Meeting will also take place in Nha Trang city from 23 to 24 February. Source: APEC 2017 National Committee   ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation - 29.01.2017 Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 - Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam: Overtime laws could change soon
    16.02.2017
    Vietnam has one of the strictest overtime caps in the world, making the country less attractive for investors. Normal working time in Vietnam is limited to 8 hours per day and 48 hours per week. Overtime cannot exceed 200 hours per year. "We would like to remind you that Vietnam's overtime cap is much stricter than anywhere else in the region," said Mr. Colin Blackwell, Vietnam Business Forum (VBF)'s Head of labor sub-committee who is also a judge of the Vietnam HR Awards 2016. The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) propose that Vietnamese employees ought to be permitted to work a maximum of 600 extra hours per year. Two plans have been considered. The first is that the working time of an employee will be no more than 12 hours per day and less than five continuous days. The other is the same but limited to a maximum of 600 hours per year.It is expected to improve the competitiveness of Vietnamese workers with other countries in the region. Mr. Colin Blackwell believes that once the overtime cap is changed, it would help all foreign and domestic businesses to be more flexible and competitive. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked ministries and agencies to consider adjusting the overtime limit trying to meet the market demand and international rules. Text, photo: Mr. Colin Blackwell   Also interesting: Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Putin-Trump telephone conversation - 29.01.2017 Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 - Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years
    16.02.2017
    Vietnam-Russia Joint Venture Bank (VRB) was established in 2006 by two leading banks of Vietnam and the Russian Federation: Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) and VTB Bank (former Vneshtorgbank Russian Foreign Trade Bank). VRB's charter capital grew from 10 million USD at inception to 168.5 million USD (equivalent to 3,000 billion VND) this time. Especially, after nearly 10 years of steady and effective operation, VRB has achieved remarkable results, such as the work of governance is a top priority of consolidating the officer at all levels. Furthermore, VRB has created customer-oriented platform market and target customer groups to develop appropriate policies, such as: Russian enterprises operating in Vietnam, Vietnam – Russia Joint Venture Enterprises, small and medium-sized enterprises, effective Imex business enterprises, have good financial situation, have the potential to use the products and services at the Bank. Besides, VRB focuses growth capital fund mobilization that forms the long-term stability, and balance to ensure capital adequacy prescribed. Building the product of full and competed services, in the right direction with the target customer is the Russian customers such as: Bilateral channels payment KFT, credit package for the import and export business with Russia, paid services to Russian clients in foreign currency,… Deploy Core Banking System upgrade, ensure adequate management of the activities, meeting the rapidly expanding demand for products and services under development requirements; at the same time promoting the development of modern distribution channels (Internet Banking, Mobile Banking...). Gradually reducing NPL ratio, improving credit portfolio quality, improving incomes, overcoming losses through increasing net interest income. Constantly exert all VRB’s strengths to enhance service quality as well as the image and reputation to customers, VRB was recently awarded the certificate of “Top 10 most trusted enterprises of Vietnam in the same economic sector 2015” by Center of appraisal enterprise trust. Besides, VRB also affirms its position as in the Top 500 enterprises with the best prospect in 2016. It can be seen that the last 10 years, VRB has always co-operated to bring capital and financial solutions to best serve individual customers and businesses, entrepreneurs in Vietnam and abroad with products and services which are high quality, effective and meet the requirements in the process of international economic integration. With the mission of financial bridge, VRB is attempting to become the leading bank in serving small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and individual customers, especially customers in EAEU, the Russian Federation market and projects of EAEU in Vietnam and Vietnam's projects to invest in the Russian Federation. Besides, becoming the pioneer bank in digital technology is also one of the most important targets of VRB in the development process. Also interesting: Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Putin-Trump telephone conversation - 29.01.2017 Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 - Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam-Muine: SUP competition 2017
    09.02.2017
    Early morning, flat water and very light wind it can only mean “The 2017 King Of The Bay“ SUP competition. Equipment checked and boards lined up, the time counted down before the air horn sounded for a beach start (Surf4you). All competitors grabbed their gear and sprinted into the water to try and get ahead of the pack for a clean start. The best boards for a long distance SUP race are designed specifically for this discipline, focus is on making the most aquadynamic shape to cut through the waters but at the same time making sure the most light weight materials are used. Over the past few years more intense research has been going into inflatable boards, obviously this is all about keeping them light weight, top manufactures of this equipment currently used in this competition were Starboard, JP and Jimmy Lewis. Muine: Starboard testing in Muine Muine: Muine windsurf seasons Muine: Muine windsurf competitions Vietnam: the 6th Jibes Sunrise Surf competition - 12.2016 As the competitors disappeared in to the distance accompanied by the safety boat it could still be anyone’s race. Spectators hurry to get on their motor bikes eager to reach the finish line (Jibe’s Beach Club) before the leaders arrive. Excited eyes scan the horizon to see the first silhouettes come into view. To warm rounds of applause, cheering and even accompanied by the sounds of a trumpeter Mr Sergei Tovkan powered himself the last few meters through the water and crossed the line in a sprint finish to claim first place for the third time in a row. Sergei’s time was clocked at 39 minutes and 31 seconds just over his personal best of 38 minutes and 21 seconds. 2nd, and 3rd was a close finish seeing Alexander Melniehenko crossing the line next with Michael Krarchenko taking 3rd. Text: Adie Casket Photo: Pascal Also interesting: Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017
    05.02.2017
    For the first time in recent years the structure of TOP3 international arrivals to Vietnam changed. Traditionally there were China, Korea, Japan. In January 2017 Japan out from TOP3, replaced by visitors from USA. Number of visitors from USA to Vietnam in January 2017 reached 67.262 arrivals. It is a third line in arrival records after visitors from China (247,621 arrivals) and Korea (171,932 arrivals). For many years, the 3rd line in the list was "reserved" for Japanese visitors, but in January 2017, increasing arrivals from USA broke this trio. International visitors to Viet Nam in January 2017 reached 1,007,238 arrivals. For the first time in the history of national tourism industry statistic records, Vietnam got more than 1 million international arrivals. Also interesting: Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Putin-Trump telephone conversation - 29.01.2017 Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 - Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017
    02.02.2017
    Chiang Mai Flower Festival is organized to showcase its beautiful flowers and decorative plants which are in full bloom towards the end of the winter season in early February. Date: 3-5 February 2017. Flower and agricultural exhibitions, floral displays and contests are in the program of festival. Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand Also interesting: Putin-Trump telephone conversation - 29.01.2017 Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors TOURISM: 2016 OVERVIEW Vietnam:1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Thailand: foreign visitors in 2016 Singapore: foreign visitors in 2016
  • Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016
    02.02.2017
    Japan welcomed over 24 million visitors in 2016. Total international visitors in 12 months 2016 to Japan reached 24.039.000 arrivals. Increase 21.8% over the 12 months of 2015. According to Japan National Tourism Organization, the above figures are total number of foreign visitors to Japan, including both business visitors and tourists. Top10 nationalities, visited Japan in 2016, are as follows: China: 6 373 000 visitors South Korea: 5 090 300 visitors Taiwan: 4 167 400 visitors Hong Kong: 1 839 200 visitors USA: 1 242 700 visitors Thailand: 901 400 visitors Australia: 445 200 visitors Malaysia: 394 200 visitors Singapore: 361 800 visitors Philippines: 347 800 visitors Change in % 2016/2015 among international visitors to Japan listed in TOP10 China: plus 27.6% South Korea: plus 27.2% Taiwan: plus 13.3% Hong Kong: plus 20.7% USA: plus 20.3% Thailand: plus 13.1% Australia: plus 18.4% Malaysia: plus 29.1% Singapore: plus 17.2% Philippines: plus 29.6% The highest growth international arrivals to Japan in 2016 comparing to 2015 listed in Top10 fixed from Malaysian market and marked 29.1%. Growth of visitors from China to Japan increased 27.6%, reached 6 373 000 visitors. Also interesting: Vietnam:1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Putin-Trump telephone conversation - 29.01.2017 Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 VIETNAM: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017
    01.02.2017
    International visitors to Viet Nam in January reached 1,007,238 arrivals. For the first time in the history of national tourism industry statistic records, Vietnam got more than 1 million international arrivals. Increase 12.3% over last month and up 23.6 % over the same period last year (1.2016). TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam in January 2017 China: 247,621 visitors Korea: 171,932 visitors USA: 67,262 visitors Japan: 66,394 visitors Russia: 58,586 visitors Australia: 44,143 visitors Taiwan: 39,495 visitors Malaysia: 32,471 visitors Thailand: 29,015 visitors England: 24,094 visitors For the first time in recent years the structure of TOP3 international arrivals to Vietnam changed. Traditionally there were China, Korea, Japan. In January 2017 Japan out from TOP3, replaced by visitors from USA. Total international arrivals in 12 months 2016 to Vietnam reached 10,012,735 arrivals. Increase 26.0% over the 12 months of 2015. As officially announced by Tourism Authority of Vietnam. International visitors to Viet Nam in December estimated 897,279 arrivals, increase 17.9% over the same period last year. Also interesting: Vietnam:1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Putin-Trump telephone conversation - 29.01.2017 Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Vietnam: year APEC 2017 VIETNAM: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Putin-Trump telephone conversation
    29.01.2017
    Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump on January 28, 2017. Vladimir Putin congratulated Donald Trump on taking office and wished him every success in his work. During the conversation, both sides expressed their readiness to make active joint efforts to stabilise and develop Russia-US cooperation on a constructive, equitable and mutually beneficial basis. Mr Putin and Mr Trump had a detailed discussion of pressing international issues, including the fight against terrorism, the situation in the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli conflict, strategic stability and non-proliferation, the situation with Iran’s nuclear programme, and the Korean Peninsula issue. The discussion also touched upon the main aspects of the Ukrainian crisis. The sides agreed to build up partner cooperation in these and other areas. The two leaders emphasised that joining efforts in fighting the main threat – international terrorism – is a top priority. The presidents spoke out for establishing real coordination of actions between Russia and the USA aimed at defeating ISIS and other terrorists groups in Syria. The sides stressed the importance of rebuilding mutually beneficial trade and economic ties between the two counties’ business communities, which could give an additional impetus to progressive and sustainable development of bilateral relations. Mr Putin and Mr Trump agreed to issue instructions to work out the possible date and venue for their meeting. Donald Trump asked to convey his wishes of happiness and prosperity to the Russian people, saying that the American people have warm feelings towards Russia and its citizens. Vladimir Putin, in turn, emphasised that the feeling is mutual, adding that for over two centuries Russia has supported the United States, was its ally during the two world wars, and now sees the United States as a major partner in fighting international terrorism. The two leaders agreed to maintain regular personal contacts. The conversation took place in a positive and constructive atmosphere. Text & photo: www.kremlin.ru ALSO INTERESTING: Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam got 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Trump's cap - made in Vietnam
    21.01.2017
    President Donald Trump in his inaugural address on Friday made a call to "buy American and hire American." One of the symbols of this campaign was a popular Trump's trademark red baseball caps with slogan "Make America Great Again". Many Americans who proudly bought these caps to support the campaign with great surprise had read on the label inside the cap, that their red caps "Make America Great Again" were made in Vietnam. As well as China and Bangladesh. This information spread worldwide from top famous news agencies to social media. Reuters said: "The Trump hats available for purchase on Trump's official campaign website are made in the United States and cost between $25 and $30, according to the label inside those caps. But they are also more expensive than the $20 versions sold by street vendors in Washington on Friday." Globalization as it is :) Also interesting: Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam got 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam: year APEC 2017
    03.01.2017
    Year 2017 is one of the most important for Vietnam. In 2017 Vietnam will be hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings. Around 200 activities, including eight ministerial-level conferences, will be held across Vietnamese cities and provinces in the framework APEC-2017. The 25th APEC Summit will take place in Danang city in the central part if Vietnam, scheduled on 5-10 November 2017. More than 10.000 delegates are expected to visit Danang during 25th APEC Summit. Also interesting: Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam got 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016
    29.12.2016
    Total international arrivals in 12 months 2016 to Vietnam reached 10,012,735 arrivals. Increase 26.0% over the 12 months of 2015. As offucially announced by Tourism Authority of Vietnam. International visitors to Viet Nam in December estimated 897,279 arrivals, increase 17.9% over the same period last year. TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam, who they are? Leading TOP3 are visitors from China, Korea, Japan. Top1: China - 2.696.848 Top2: Korea - 1,543,883 Top3: Japan - 740,592 All from Asia region. They are following by mix of both long-distance travellers and regional neighbour visitors. Top4: USA - 552,644 Top5: Taiwan - 507,301 Top6: Russia - 433,987 Top7: Malaysia - 407,574 Top8: Australia - 320,678 Top9: Thailand - 266,984 Top10: Singapore - 257,041 What were the increase in % among TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam in 2016? China: plus 51.4% Korea: plus 38.7% Japan: plus 10.3% USA: plus 12,5% Taiwan: plus 15.6% Russia: plus 28.1% Malaysia: plus 17.6% Australia: plus 5.6% Thailand: plus 24.4% Singapore: plus 8.7% 1st July 2015 Vietnam has officially decided to grant visa-free access for nationals of 5 countries including UK, France, Germany, France and Spain. Arrivals from these 5 countries to Vietnam in 2016 are as following: UK: 254,841 (plus 19.8%) France: 240,808 (plus 13.8%) Germany: 176,015 (plus 18.1%) Italy: 51,265 (plus 27.2%) Spain: 57,957 (plus 29%) Also interesting: Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Japan: tale about Princess Kaguya Hime
    15.12.2016
    This tale is considered among the oldest Japanese narrative in existence. One of the favoutite tales for every Japanese child. Nowadays it is very popular as well, also due to anime version of 2013. The story about Princess Kaguya in original Japanese is known as Taketori Monogatari or The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. The tale goes as follows. *** One day, an old bamboo cutter was walking through a bamboo forest and came across a shining stalk of bamboo. He cut it open and found inside it a lovely baby-girl the size of his thumb. Since he and his wife were childless, he rejoiced and brought her back home. Old couple raised her as their own child and named her Kaguya-hime. From then on, the bamboo cutter found that whenever he cut down a stalk of bamboo, inside would be a small nugget of gold and soon, he grew very rich. Meanwhile, Kaguya-Hime grew into an extraordinarily beautiful young lady. News of her beauty spread far and wide. Eventually, many man came to ask for her hand in marriage. Among them, five personcs, including 2 princes, ministers and commander were very insisting. In response, Kaguya-Hime created impossible tasks for these 5 men, telling them that she would marry the one who managed to fulfill his specific and difficult task. Kaguya-Hime asked to bring to her as a gift of love rare and sacred pieces. Namely there were: bowl of the Lord Buddha from India, branch from the gold tree with pearls as flowers from the mystic island of Horai, the legendary robe of the fire-rat from China, a magic gem from a dragon's neck and special cowrie from the swallows, which helped for easy childbirth to a mother. The first prince was smart and pragmatic. He realized, that it was an impossible task with many dangers could happened on the long journey. Prince decided not to go far and returned with an expensive bowl. However, Kaguya-hime saw his trick and wrote about hus trick in her goodbye poem to him. The second and third candidates also tried to trick her with fakes. But failed as the first. The fourth gave up and the final prince lost his life while trying. After hearing of these incidents, Mikado, the Emperor of Japan, decided to visit Kaguya-hime and see with his own eyes, her unearthly beauty. Mikado fell in love with her at first sight and asked her to marry him. Though he was not forced to perform the impossible tasks the other princes had to undergo, Kaguya-hime rejected his proposal, telling him that she was not of his country and thus could not go to the palace with him. At the same time, during that summer, whenever Kaguya-hime saw the full moon, her eyes would well with tears. Her increasingly strange behavior worried her eldery parents greatly. It got to the point that Kagyua-hime revealed to them that she was not of their world. She came from the Moon and her sad mood was because of the fact that she would have to return to her people on a designated date. As that day drew nearer, the Mikado sent guards around her house to protect Kaguya-Hime. A group of "Heavenly Beings" arrived at her house and blinded the guards with a strange light. With this, Kaguya-hime announced to everyone that though she loved many people on Earth, she had to return to her true home. She wrote a letter to the Mikado, attached a small portion of the elixir of life. Kaguya-Hime said good-bye to her loving old parents. After that, a feather robe was placed on her shoulders and with that, all of her compassion and sadness she had for the people of Earth left her.
  • Vietnam: Starboard testing in Muine
    13.12.2016
    Nothing stays the same in the sport of windsurfing. Companies are always pushing every year to discover the latest shapes and designs to keep their products at the top of the game. Test locations are chosen based on their wind and water conditions, so it’s no surprise that one of the leading windsurf board developers “Starboard” chooses Jibe’s Beach Club Mui Ne to bring their new ideas and concepts in to reality. This year’s secret testing was headed as usual by Remi Villa and his team of Pro Windsurfers Tristan Algret GPE 44, Gonzalo Costa Hovel ARG3:As head of the racing department at Starboard, Remi Vila is constantly looking for an edge that will make his hugely successful I-Sonic (Slalom Board) just that little bit quicker than the rest. Once out on the water the test team is not difficult to spot, just look for the largest camber sails cutting through the wind at the most astonishing speeds; camber sails are usually the weapon of choice as the test team tries to achieve as much power from the wind as they can. Vietnam: the 6th Jibes Sunrise Surf competition Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions Mui Ne winds did not disappoint, giving some great conditions for the team to work their magic. Board after board was taken out to be put through its paces, results collected and then the fine tuning starts. Each board is passed over to the man with the fine tuning skills X; known locally as “The Ninja”, I presume due to all his protective clothing. As he busily sets to work mixing the latest resins and compounds, making the finest of changes to the board design which can result in major aquadynamic effects. The skills needed to achieve this are unobtainable to most. These test sessions attract the attention of local high level riders eager to catch a glimpse of what will soon be available to buy, but a strict no camera policy is adopted so as to keep and latest designs and ideas far from the competitor’s eyes. To see the whole testing and shaping process is certainly something to watch and gives the average windsurfer an idea of the amount of hard work and dedication that goes into each board. Testing is now completed for 2018 I-sonic but if you want to catch a glimpse of what Starboard has planned for their next releases then come to visit around November/December but please remember no cameras allowed. Text and photo: Pascal Also interesting: Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Thailand: Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall
    12.12.2016
    When it comes to capital cities, Bangkok is relatively young, being founded back in 1782. But over the course of two centuries, the Chakri Kings and populist politicians have striven to give the city all the stately aura and sophistication that a political and cultural capital should possess. Explore, and you’ll find statues, parks, palaces and galleries. But most impressive is its rather respectable thoroughfare Ratchadamnoen Avenue, which compares favourably with Paris’s Champs-Élysées, or the Mall in London. Ratchadamnoen is the artery through which Thailand’s modern history flows, with the architectural glories of Rattankosin at one end and the breath-taking Italianate Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall at the other. The domed, neo-classical Throne Hall seems an anomaly in tropical Bangkok. Crafted from dazzling Carrara marble, the building would surely be more at home in Paris or Pisa, but it was actually the brainchild of the Thai King Rama V the Great who required a reception hall for guests of the court. So he commissioned Italian architects, Annibale Rigotti and Mario Tamagno (who also designed Bangkok’s Hua Lampong Station and the original Oriental Hotel), to bring his vision to life. It’s a wonderful wedding cake of a building, and gleams under the bright Asian sun, and up close you find many elegant details, faces and carvings all created by sculptor Vittorio Novi. The exterior elegance continues inside. When you enter and scale the curved staircase, you find yourself in a small but sumptuous octagonal hall, the wall panels decorated with a shimmering collage of beetle wings that must have taken hundreds of hours of work. This attention to detail continues in the main reception hall, so prepare to be regally impressed. The deep carpets, royal insignia and soaring Corinthian pillars can rival the majesty of any European palace. But when you raise your eyes skyward, it’s the Thai elements of the glorious murals that make you gasp. These paintings tell the story of the Chakri Dynasty from the reign of Rama I the Great to Rama VI – you’ll see King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V) freeing the slaves and Rama II supervising the beautification of Bangkok’s temples from the back of an elephant. So not only is the Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall worth seeing in itself, as an iconic and beautiful piece of Thai history, it is also perfectly complemented by the Arts of the Kingdom exhibition. The Throne Hall is the perfect setting for the real and eternal jewels of Thailand – the sumptuous artistry, skills and talents of the Thai people that have thrived and developed over centuries. Text & photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand Also interesting: Thailand: new King Rama X Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions
  • Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards
    10.12.2016
    The Vietnamese government, the chambers of commerce, the world bank and ambassadors gathered in Hanoi on Monday, December 5, 2016 at "Vietnam Business Forum". The main topic was how the Vietnamese domestic private sector could bring itself up to international standards. The labour productivity achieved in Vietnam by some leading foreign investors was amongst the best in the world. If these same standards could be applied to the larger domestic sector, then Vietnam could genuinely be one of the most successful countries in the world. The way the top foreign companies achieve these results is consistent and not a secret. They channel the naturally intelligent and hardworking Vietnamese labour using clear and fair international standard human resource practices. On top of this there are some unique Vietnamese cultural strengths that allow a higher performance than even Chinese, Japanese, European or American workers. The Vietnamese family spirit can be turned into unrivaled teamwork. The Vietnamese fighting spirit can be turned into unbeatable motivation and winning spirit. I showed that the government, foreign investors and the domestic sector could mutually support and benefit from each other. I suggested the way forward as the establishment of a Vietnamese Human Resources Institute, similar to that which most peer countries in he region have had for decades already. It is the role of the human resources profession to introduce these top standards to the domestic sector. This would largely be in the form of standardized government accredited vocational training standards. Vietnam has already made remarkable economic progress. The World Bank stated that the growth rate is second only to China and that the wealth distribution is very equitable. But the best is yet to come - when the full potential of the Vietnamese workforce is realized, Vietnam will achieve one if the highest GDPs per capita in the world. This will happen faster than many people inside or outside of the country expect. Text & photo: Colin Blackwell Also interesting: Vietnam: the 6th Jibes Sunrise Surf competition Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Citizenship-by-investment for Asia's elite Thailand: new king Rama X Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam: the 6th Jibes Sunrise Surf competition
    09.12.2016
    This year the competition was held towards the end of November on the beautiful beach of Full Moon Village Suoi Nuoc. We held out as long as we could for the best conditions and the waves did not disappoint, neither did the competitors. We saw a definite increase in local Vietnamese riders, great to see local enthusiasm from some of the best Vietnamese riders in the country. Other nationalities included Russia, America, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Italy and Spain, making for a great mix of nationalities sharing their passion together. With over 32 competitors we knew this was going to be one of the most exciting Surf competitions seen so far. As is the surfing way, it was an early start, the first competitors arriving at 05.00 to get some practise sessions. Glassy conditions with some clean frequent sets made for a perfect start to the heats. Due to the large number of competitors heats were arranged for ten minutes each with three-four competitors per heat. We saw some outstanding SUP action, the Vung Tao riders really gave the competition some edge and drama as they paddled it out to make it in to the next round. The Female surf event also saw some vast improvements from last year with an increase in both competitor numbers as well as riding style. As the heats continued and the unlucky competitors were knocked out of the running, we gradually arrived at the finals. The Men’s Surf division saw the four top riders (Sky Rama, Tai, Win and August) giving it all they had to take top position. The SUP finalists (Dimitry, Lam, Joao and Pavel) gave a great nail biting final performance, showing off their skills and all looking for the best wave to take them to the top of the podium. The female finals came down to the top competitors (Anna and Anya) head to head they fought against each other, neither one wanting to give up before the sound of the final horn. After the last heat was completed in each division the results were collected and anxious faces waited to hear the final results. The closing ceremony and award giving was held straight after the event, prizes this year included such gifts as Starboard SUP paddle, 6’ Jibes Fish Surf Board, Shamal eye wear, hotel vouchers, Bee surfing surf wax, golf vouchers, mini golf vouchers, restaurant and food vouchers, water sport rental vouchers and many many bottles of Freixenet Champagne. Big thanks goes out to all our sponsors who made this event possible, Coca Cola, La Vie, Tropical Mini Golf, Lang Ca Voi, Bee Surfing Wax, Sea Links, Blue Ocean Resort, AHI, Dragon Beach, Pizza Belle, The Warehouse, Le Fruit, Real Adventures and Full Moon Village. Warm thanks to all those involved, hope to see you all again next year with more new faces, nationalities and the creation of some new surfing memories. Text and photo: Pascal Also interesting: Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions
  • Thailand: new King Rama X
    02.12.2016
    Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn became new king of Thailand on Thursday, December 1, 2016. An official announcement was done after Crown Prince accepted an invitation from parliament to succeed his father, H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX The Great, who passed away in October. On official ceremony at Dusit Palace in Bangkok, Crown Prince was crowned as the King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, Rama X, the 10th king of Chakri Dynasty of Thailand. H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej was widely loved by all Thai nation and regarded as a pillar of stability during decades of political turbulence in the country. New King of Thailand told Reuteurs: "Because of the popularity and veneration of the previous king it would be hard for any person to step into the role because of expected comparisons". Photo: Thailand Royal Household Bureau Also interesting: Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions
  • Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite
    23.11.2016
    The majority of the world’s wealthy elite have traditionally hailed from those parts of the world with advanced Western economies; most notably from Europe and North America. This trend is, however, shifting east as Asia now mints more new high net worth- and ultra-high net worth individuals than any other part of the world. At the end of 2015, there were 5.1 million high net worth individuals (HNWIs) in Asia Pacific with a combined wealth of US$17.4 trillion. A growing trend amongst these wealthy individuals is the desire to obtain an alternative or second citizenship. As demand drives supply, the number of Citizenship-by-Investment Programs (CIPs) available to HNWIs and their families has steadily increased over the last few years and is expected to continue to do so. In exchange for a significant financial contribution or investment to the domestic economy, CIPs offer the world’s wealthy elite with the opportunity to obtain citizenship and in so doing provide them with something that is less tangible and more desirable than any material object – the ability to transcend into a Global Citizen with access to all the benefits which that affords. There are a multitude of reasons why wealthy people apply to these CIPs including personal security, tax planning and mobility. In Asia, the primary motive behind obtaining a second passport has been driven by the limited ‘travel-ability’ of the majority of Asia-domiciled passports. The biggest market being motivated by the ability to achieve greater mobility is China, whose nationals hold a passport that allows visa free access to just 50 countries around the world. Other key markets whose Nationals have limited visa free access include Thailand (71), the Philippines (61), Indonesia (58), Vietnam (47) and Bangladesh (39)2. HNWIs in these countries therefore look to the CIPs in the Caribbean countries of Antigua and Barbuda3, Dominica, Grenada4 and St. Kitts and Nevis, amongst others, which provide wealthy foreign nationals who invest into these countries with visa free access to up to 134 countries including those in the European Union (EU). The CIPs in the Caribbean offer applicants the opportunity to become citizens either by making a contribution to a National Development Fund or by investing into an approved real estate project. The contribution amount can range from USD 100,000 to USD 250,000 while the minimum real estate investment required ranges from USD 200,000 to USD 400,000 depending on the country of application. There is also government due diligence- and processing fees in addition to this. Processing times vary per country but typically range from 3 to 6 months with limited to no physical presence required in the country either during the application process or once citizenship is obtained5 Text: Dominic Volek, Managing Partner Henley & Partners Singapore, Head South East Asia Photo: Dmitriy & Liudmila Kharitonova Also interesting: Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions
  • Some history linking Vietnam and Trump
    14.11.2016
    During the Cold War era, American president's actions were largely driven by the practicalities the international situation rather than ideology. Vietnam had a very large impact on American political thinking due to the cost and unpopularity of the war. Partly in response to this, Richard Nixon came up with the "Nixon Doctrine" which said that whilst America would support allies, it would not take disproportionate responsibility for another nation's problems. In other words they would look after America first and other countries had to do their fair share. One of Nixon's relatively junior administration officials was called Roger Stone, who went on to have a long political career. Stone remained a loyal follower of Nixon long after the Nixon presidency, reportedly even getting a Nixon tattoo recently. The same Roger Stone seems to be a close political adviser to Donald Trump. Now Trump's foreign policy seems to be acting in America's own interests first, openly calling for allies to do more of their fair share in tackling their local problems. So Trump's foreign policy appears to be very close to the Nixon Doctrine as shaped by the war with Vietnam. Text: Colin Blackwell Photo: Internet Also interesting: Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions
  • Vietnam: fly Hong Kong - Nha Trang from 40 usd
    10.11.2016
    First direct flight Nha Trang – Hong Kong officially launched on November 9, 2016. Flight operated by HK Express, the Hong Kong-based airline. HK Express has a reputation of the best low-cost airlines in Northeast Asia with about 6 million passengers each year. Khanh Hoa newspaper said: "The first flight from Hong Kong arrived at Cam Ranh International Airport at 4:10pm on November 9 after the flying time of 140 minutes. On this flight, HK Express carried 190 tourists and 7 tourist companies from Hong Kong to Nha Trang to survey tourist spots and tourist products. The flight on the opposite direction, departing at 5:50 pm, carried 30 passengers to Hong Kong". HK Express offers twice weekly flights Hong Kong - Nha Trang - Hong Kong. Flights are operating on Wednesdays and Sundays. Flight duration: 2h20. According to Khanh Hoa newspaper: "On the launching occasion, the fare starts from USD40 for flying time from November 9, 2016 and March 25, 2017". Also interesting: Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions
  • Singapore: ITF-2017 theme
    08.11.2016
    The ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) is a cooperative regional effort to promote the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region as one tourist destination. This annual event involves all the tourism industry sectors of the 10 member nations of ASEAN: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Each year, the hosting of ATF is rotated among the member countries. In 2017, the ATF will be held and hosted in Singapore. This will be the 36th edition of ATF since it’s inauguration in Malaysia in 1981 and the third time in Singapore. ATF 2017 has slogan ‘Shaping Our Tourism Journey Together’ This theme reflects the continual, collective efforts by ASEAN member states to influence and address various challenges and opportunities, as we jointly develop the tourism industry in Southeast Asian region. As 2017 is also the 50th Anniversary of the formation of ASEAN, this theme also aptly complements the ‘Visit ASEAN@50: Golden Celebrations’ campaign, as it highlights ASEAN’s efforts in shaping the tourism journey, its development and achievements." DATE: 18 - 20 January 2017 VENUE: Marina Bay Sands Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Halls A, B &C, Level 1 10 Bayfront Avenue Singapore 018956 Operating Hours: 9am – 6.00pm REGISTER AS BUYER, SELLER, MEDIA www.atf2017.com ATF 2017 comprises the following components: TRAVEX ASEAN Tourism Conference ASEAN National Tourism Organisations (NTOs) Meetings ASEAN Tourism Ministers Meetings Meetings of the three ASEAN Travel Trade Associations ATF 2017 aims to project ASEAN as an attractive, multi-faceted single destination Create and increase awareness of ASEAN as a highly competitive regional tourist destination in the Asia Pacific. Attract more tourists to ASEAN member countries and promote intra-ASEAN travel. Strengthen cooperation among the various sectors of the ASEAN tourism industry. As the annual convention of the ASEAN tourism industry, ATF also provides the platform for the exchange of ideas, review of industry developments and joint formulation of recommendations to further accelerate the growth of ASEAN tourism. Also interesting: Vietnam: new flight connected Hong Kong - Nha Trang Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors Russia: Eastern economic forum Singapore: MICE Asia Pacific expo 2016 Thailand: Chinese tourists arrivals reached record numbers  
  • Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino
    06.11.2016
    New Decree of the Ministry of Finance will allow local Vietnamese to enter designated casinos located at The Van Don and Phu Quoc integrated resorts on a trial basis. Following the ruling party’s decision on the new gaming industry, the Ministry of Finance has come up with a new draft decree which is much more realistic than previous draft versions in 2013 and June and September-October 2016. The new version was drafted based on the Party’s decision and covered all the issues of major interest to investors and operators. Prof. Augustine Ha Ton Vinh, Senior Advisor to the Van Don Special Economic Zone and Integrated Resorts, emphasized some key points including: 1. MOF divides the gaming industry into two levels, large casinos with US$2 billion in investment, and small casinos with any investment below the $2 billion investment level. 2. The draft decree made it clear local Vietnamese, 21 years and above making around US$500 per month in salary, without criminal records, and no objection from family members, i.e. spouses, parents, children, will be allowed to enter casinos. 3. The Van Don and Phu Quoc integrated resorts are designated locations for local Vietnamese. There will be a trial period of 3 years from the date they receive the gaming license. 4. The gaming license will be for a period of 20 years with a one-time non-renewable extension of 10 years. 5. Investors or operators have to commit a minimum of US$2 billion for each integrated resort and a 50 percent disbursement, or $1 billion has to be made before a gaming license is granted. 6. For each US$10 million in disbursed investment, investors can operate one gaming table and 10 electronic gaming or slot machines. Now that the Party leaders have decided on the future of the Vietnam gaming industry and the next steps, I believe MOF will soon release the final gaming decree, possibly in the next few months. Text: Augustine Ha Ton Vinh Photo: Internet Also interesting: Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions
  • Thailand: Grand Palace is reopening its doors to tourists
    01.11.2016
    Bangkok’s Grand Palace is reopening its doors to tourists and visitors from 1 November, 2016. However, as Thailand is still in an official mourning period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, visitors to the Palace should wear appropriate and respectable attire. Thailand: Beloved King passed away The Bureau of the Royal Household as well as related authorities including the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Ministry of Transport’s Marine Department, and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration have announced the following advice for tourists who would like to visit the Grand Palace. Entrance and exit For tourists, the Grand Palace is open every day from 08.30 – 15.30 Hrs. Tourists and visitors are advised to enter and exit at the Wiset Chaisri Gate only. Drop-off and pick-up locations for tourists: For group tours: there are three drop-off and pick-up locations for tour companies taking foreign group visitors to visit the Grand Palace. 1. Travel by car only: drop-off and pick-up at the Royal Rattanakosin Hotel. 2. Travel by car and boat: arrival by car, drop-off at the Royal Rattanakosin Hotel; return by boarding the boat at the Tha Chang Pier. 3. Travel by boat only: boarding the boat (maximum capacity: 400 passengers) both ways at Asiatique The Riverfront, and access via the Tha Maharaj Pier. However, there is an extra cost of 130 Baht per person. Tour buses can park at the Rama VIII Bridge, the Old Southern Bus Terminal (about 1 km past Central Pinklao), Wat Dusidaram (at the foot of Phra Pinklao Bridge on the Thon Buri side). For smaller tour vehicles or private cars, the drop-off and pick-up is at the Chang Rongsi Bridge. For Individual 1. Travel by BTS Sky Train: get off at the Saphan Taksin Station and take a boat to the Tha Chang Pier or the Tha Maharaj Pier. 2. Travel by MRT Bangkok Metro: get off at the Hua Lamphong Station (Bangkok Railway Station) and take a bus to the Grand Palace. Tourist facilitation and assistance: The Department of Tourism in collaboration with the Tourist Police has deployed special-task officers and volunteers as well as Tourist Police officers with the ability to communicate in foreign languages to facilitate tourists and provide assistance. The six officers and volunteers are stationed at the Tourist Assistance tent opposite the Wiset Chaisri Gate from 08.30-16.30 Hrs., or call +66 (0) 2642 2767 (Chinese language) and +66 (0) 84 651 5549. The Department of Tourism in collaboration with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has arranged to set up signage for the drop-off and pick-up locations in English and Chinese. The Marine Department will deploy Tourist Assistance officers at three piers: Tha Chang, Tha Maharaj and Asiatique The Riverfront. Tourists must show their passport at the checkpoints before entering the Grand Palace. And it is advised not to bring many belongings. Text & photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand website Also interesting: Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions
  • Vietnam: new page of the gaming industry
    26.10.2016
    The ruling Communist Party of Vietnam has recently made it clear that it supports the creation of a new gaming industry and will allow local Vietnamese to enter designated casinos on a trial basis. Prof. Augustine Ha Ton Vinh, Senior Advisor to the Van Don Special Economic Zone and Integrated Resorts, commented about the new legislation with brief overview of the situation. In June 2013, the Party’s Politburo announced it supported a new Special Economic Zone and integrated resort on Van Don Island, situated in the UNESCO World Heritage Ha Long Bay. Along with its support, the Politburo commissioned research to assess the socio-economic impacts of allowing local Vietnamese to enter casinos. After three years of soul searching and policy debates, the ruling party’s leaders believe now is the time to move ahead, creating a new gaming industry. Vietnamese Government authorities made clear a number of issues of great interest to investors, operators and local Vietnamese, namely: 1. Local Vietnamese will be allowed to visit designated casinos. 2. Van Don and Phu Quoc integrated resorts are the two locations authorized to accept local Vietnamese on a 3-year trial basis. 3. In addition to the four already approved locations for Integrated Resorts: Van Don, South Hoi An, Ho Tram, and Phu Quoc. Two more integrated resorts are under consideration: in Hue and Cam Ranh Bay. 4. Total investment for an integrated resort is US$2 billion. A minimum $1 billion has to be disbursed before a gaming license is granted. 5. Smaller casinos can be expanded, upgraded to a higher IR level if they meet financial and other requirements, e.g. significant contributions to local economic and tourism development. 6. The new and revised draft gaming casino has to be finalized as soon as possible. Since Van Don is near the China border in the North and Phu Quoc is close to Thailand and Cambodian borders in the South, having local Vietnamese in these two locations will definitely help attract much needed foreign investment to these areas which bear some resemblance to rural Macau in the past, and will help expedite the creation of the two special economic zones. I believe, under this new decision, local Vietnamese will not be allowed to enter Ho Tram, at least for the next few years. Text & photo: Augustine Ha Ton Vinh Also interesting: Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions  
  • Thailand: Beloved King passed away
    15.10.2016
    King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, Rama IX, the world's longest-reigning monarch, has died after 70 years as head of state. A statement from the Royal household bureau said: His Majesty “passed away peacefully” at 3.52pm (8.52am BST) on Thursday 13.10.2016 at Siriraj hospital in Bangkok. Thailand is now in an official period of mourning following the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) gave the following recommendations to the visitors to Thailand: 1) Many Thai people will be wearing black or white clothing as a sign of mourning. This is not required of visitors but if possible, they should wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public. Visitors should refrain from conducting any inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour. 2) Tourist attractions will be open as usual with the exception of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace, as they will be the venue of the Royal Funeral Rites. 3) The Government has asked for the cooperation from the entertainment venues; such as, bars and nightclubs to consider the opening of their business operations during this time. The decision will be made by the individual owners. 4) Most of the traditional and cultural events will be taking place as usual, although the celebrations may be changed for appropriateness as a mark of respect, or the events may be dedicated to the memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. 5) All transport, banks, hospitals and other public services will be operating as usual. The related authorities have stepped up safety and security measures for all Thais and visitors to facilitate their travelling around the country. Also interesting: Thailand through Royal projects Thailand Royal projects: Chang Hua Man
  • Vietnam: Muine windsurf seasons
    12.10.2016
    Welcome to Mui Ne Vietnam, one of the best windsurfing locations in Asia, offering amazing conditions for complete beginners and pro level riders. Mui Ne can be split up into two wind seasons. 1) November-May brings regular strong cross on shore winds (10-28+ knots). 2) May-November sees more gentle winds and a little less frequent but it still blows and there are still lots of great sailing days to be had. So if it’s warm water, great wind and friendly people then look no further than Mui Ne Vietnam, the perfect windsurf destination for all levels. This is where windsurf dreams are made. Also interesting: Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions Vietnam: where windsurf dreams are made International windsurfing race 2016 Text: Adie Photo: Pascal For Full Water Sport information please contact: Jibes Beach Club 90 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, zip: 801 097 Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan, 062 3847405 info@windsurf-vietnam.com Adie@jibesbeachclub.com
  • Vietnam: the story behind street names
    09.10.2016
    From North to South many cities, towns and villages of Vietnam have streets with same names. Street names in Vietnam usually are taken from important events and people in Vietnamese history. Lets learn some more details about it. Lac Long Quan street and Au Co street are usually located nearly. Names are taken from legendary history: Lac Long Quan and Au Co, the Dragon and Fairy, are the sacred ancestors of Vietnamese nation. Hai Ba Trung street, Ba Trieu Street, Hung Vuong street. Names are taken from the very early times of Viet nation. Hung Vuong is a dinasty of 18 kings of Hung, who ruled the country in ancient times. Hung is a name. Vuong means "The king, or the ruler". Hai Ba Trung are Two honorable sisters Trung, ladies-warriors. Ba Trieu also a ruler and lady-warrior. Nguyen Du - famous poet, who wrote a poem "Kieu", as long as 3254 poetry lines. Nguyen Binh Khiem, also a poet of Vietnam. Old quarters in Hanoi, and the most famous is the 36 old streets quarter, are located near the lake. In old quaters street names take after the specific trades that dominated on this street: Silk street, Silversmith street, Ritual goods street.
  • Vietnam: traditional sweets
    05.10.2016
    Many traditional sweets and candies of Vietnam are made from beans, rice, preserved or candied fruits and vegetables. The last in Vietnamese language are named shortly "Mứt". "Mứt" is literally translated Jam, but it is really not exactly that sort of jam that is served on breakfast. Vietnamese "Mứt" is a kind of fruit candy. Homemade or factory made. Some varieties of "Mứt" posess very special taste, which can be enjoyed only by native Vietnamese, but hardly could be appreciated by foreigners. Before "Mứt" were cooked and sold mostly on occasion of Tet - Lunar New Year holidays. Packed in a lovely red color box, this sweet candies is "must-have" in every house to please elderies and bring joy to children on Tet celebrations. Nowadays Mứt are avaliable all year round. Also interesting: Vietnam: flowers of Tet lunar new year Vietnam: traditions of Tet holiday Vietnam: gifts for Tet holiday  
  • Thailand: culinary journey
    05.10.2016
    Thai people have always known that their nation’s dishes are tasty, distinctive and special; it has just taken the rest of the world a little longer to catch up. But the past two decades have seen Thai flavours explode onto the world’s culinary consciousness, and Thai food is loved for its blend of sweet, sour and salty dishes, fiery flavours and coconut creamy curries, and zesty sauces. Explore the cuisine and culture more deeply and you’ll discover that the different regions of Thailand boast their own distinctive flavours and flare. Also interesting: Thailand: Bangkok Thailand: Chiang Mai Thailand: Loi Krathong festival Thailand: Songkran festival Thailand: glorious Ayutthaya The Central Plains, Thailand’s rice bowl, are characterised by freshwater-fish recipes, sour soups and curries, while the tropical South with its Muslim traditions offers bountiful seafood and dishes enriched with coconut, cardamom and cumin. I-san of course, is influenced by Lao PDR., so here you’ll find hot papaya salads, cured and raw meat and simple, tasty soups, perfect for filling the bellies of the region’s hardworking farmers. But it’s the food of Thailand’s North that attracts the most culinary converts. This region has long been influenced by Myanmar, China and Lao PDR., not to mention the kingdoms of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya. And, as kingdoms have risen and fallen, they’ve all left their mark on Chiang Mai’s cuisine. The countryside and climate too have shaped the region’s food. Cooler Northern climes mean hot chili is seldom used to disguise spoiled food – a more warming heat comes from galangal and peppers. Fewer palm trees in the region mean coconut dishes are traditionally rare while many Chiang Mai dishes have a distinctive bitter element, thanks to shoots and leaves collected in the local forests. For more details, see www.tatnews.org Photo credit: TAT website
  • Vietnam: where windsurf dreams are made
    04.10.2016
    Muine in Vietnam is one of the best windsurfing locations in Asia, offering amazing conditions for complete beginners and pro level riders. Muine for beginners: Flat water and light wind is what every beginner needs and that is what you’ll get, morning time is beginner time. Complete beginners should expect to learn a minimum of 2-3 hours with a professional and qualified instructor to get to a safe and independent riding level. Also interesting: Vietnam: Muine windsurf seasons Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions Vietnam: where windsurf dreams are made International windsurfing race 2016 Muine for intermediate and Pro’s: Afternoons are when the serious action starts, average wind speeds of 18 knots+ cross onshore direction with some wave action for those looking to get more radical. Text: Adie Photo: Pascal For Full Water Sport information please contact: Jibes Beach Club 90 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, zip: 801 097 Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan, 062 3847405 info@windsurf-vietnam.com Adie@jibesbeachclub.com
  • Thailand: glorious Ayutthaya
    03.10.2016
    Capital of the Ayutthaya Empire, the city was founded in 1350, and was the second major capital of Siam (after Sukhothai). During its most glorious period, from the 14th to the 18th centuries, it was considered one of the largest and most beautiful cities in the world with glinting gilded temples and bustling waterways. The city was a centre of diplomacy and commerce and attracted traders from both Asia and Europe seeking luxury goods and Thai rice, which is valued worldwide for its fragrant quality even today. Ayutthaya flourished thanks to its strategic position on an island surrounded by three rivers that connected it to the Gulf of Thailand. This made it accessible to peoples; such as, the Portuguese, who first travelled to the city in the 1500s as members of the first official embassy from state-builder Afonso de Albuquerque, to King Ramathibodi II. Within five years, the two nations had a trade treaty in place. Later, other nations; such, as the Dutch were given permission to trade with Ayutthaya and Siamese ambassadors were sent as far afield as France, Japan, China and the Mughal city of Delhi. Also interesting: Thailand: Bangkok listed in TOP10 best cities Bangkok remains the 2nd top global city destination Thailand: Loi Krathong festival Thailand: Songkran festival To this day, Ayutthaya remains one of the first places beyond Bangkok visited by tourists seeking a taste of Thai culture. As it’s just a short distance from Bangkok, it’s the perfect venue for a day of sightseeing and people often spend a few hours looking around the many temples and monuments before enjoying some of the famous local food and heading back to Bangkok. But Ayutthaya isn’t just important to Thailand and her people; it is regarded as a vital piece of world culture, too. This is why, in 1991, it was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For more details, see www.tatnews.org Photo credit: TAT website
  • Vietnam: when rain in HCMC
    03.10.2016
    Rainy season. Somedays it is very refreshing. The other day it is a disaster. Rainy evening in HCMC Waiting when rain stops River Nguyen Huu Canh
  • Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions
    27.09.2016
    The windsurf scene in Mui Ne is well established with a number of schools offering equipment rental. There are a number armature windsurf competitions being held throughout the high season in Mui Ne, we even hosted the 2011 PWA World Tour. 2017 seasons Mui Ne windsurf events. 18th Vietnam Fun Cup:17th & 18th February Surf4you Cup: TBA Vetratoria Cup: 9th to 17th February For all those interested in renting some of the latest boards and sails then be sure to visit Jibes Beach Club, full equipment rental including amazing ranges by Severne and Starboard.   Also interesting: Vietnam: Muine windsurf seasons Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions Vietnam: where windsurf dreams are made International windsurfing race 2016 Text: Adie Photo: Pascal For Full Water Sport information please contact: Jibes Beach Club 90 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, zip: 801 097 Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan, 062 3847405 info@windsurf-vietnam.com Adie@jibesbeachclub.com
  • Vietnam: secret behind the names
    26.09.2016
    Vietnamese name usually is a combination of three elements: family name, middle name and given name. The most famous name example is: Ho Chi Minh. All are written separately, as above. Quantity of family names in Vietnamese language is impressively ... modest in number. An individual can count by memory something more or less 20 typical Vietnamese family names. Most common surnames in Vietnam are Nguyen, Tran, Ho, Pham, etc. One polular joke stated that up to 50% of Vietnamese are Nguyens, 40% are Trans, the rest 10% are represented by all other family names. Although it is not very accurate counting data, but more or less you feel it can be true, when you are reading namelist of Vietnamese participants. All this bearer's of one family name are not relatives at all. Also interesting: Vietnam: male names Vietnam: female names Vietnam: unisex names Vietnam: children names Vietnam: business names Vietnam: star names
  • Thailand: Rap Bua festival
    25.09.2016
    Time to make a wish and find a true soul mate. The annual Rap Bua Festival, or literally translated as the ritual of receiving lotus flowers, is a one-of-a-kind ancient Buddhist tradition of the local people of Bang Phli District in Samut Prakan province. The tradition, which has passed through generations, is a way of showing local’s munificence and generosity to the village’s newcomers as well as demonstrating their local way of life along the river. It takes place annually on the day before the waxing moon on the 11th month of the lunar calendar, which this year falls on 15 October. Also interesting: Thailand: Loi Krathong festival Thailand: Bung Ban Fai festival Thailand: Songkran festival Vietnam: Tet lunar new year Highlight is the magnificent barge procession of a replica of Luang Phor Toh Buddhist image, highly-revered by the people of Samut Prakan, along the Samrong canal. Local people along the banks of the canal will have the chance to respectfully throw lotus flowers into the vessel. Locals believe that if their lotus flowers would land at where the revered Buddha image sits, their wishes may come true. In the old days, young men and women will use this opportunity to make a wish for their soul mate. Date: 15 October, 2016 Venue: Khlong Samrong, Bang Phli District, Samut Prakan For more details, see www.tatnews.org Photo credit: TAT website
  • Thailand: Buffalo racing festival
    23.09.2016
    One of the most exciting events of Chon Buri province - annual Buffalo Racing Festival - will this year 2016 take place on 15 October at the end of Buddhist lent. In a tradition that now stretches back over 140 years, the buffalos are raced to ensure they get exercise during the period when rice is growing and there’ less work to be done in the fields. The festival also celebrates the importance of buffalos to Thai farming and the rural way of life and gives local people the chance to come together and enjoy fun and good food. As usual, the event is expected to attract large crowds of tourists looking to see something uniquely Thai. Also interesting: Thailand: Loi Krathong festival Thailand: Bung Ban Fai festival Thailand: Songkran festival Vietnam: Tet lunar new year The races themselves are in three categories based on the size of the racing buffalos. It’s all taken very seriously by the animals’ owners who often make their beasts follow a strict training regime and diet in the weeks leading up to the races. As a result, the buffalo are raring to go and there are big prizes on offer. If you think of Thai buffalos as slow lumbering beasts, you may be surprised how fast they can run – it takes all the agility of the riders simply to hang on and guide their steed down the 100 metre track. For more details, see www.tatnews.org Photo: TAT website
  • Thailand: squid fishing
    17.09.2016
    Squid fishing is big business in Thailand. The bright colorful lights from the vast fleets of squid fishing boats can actually be seen even from as far as the International Space Station. On squid fishing boats, the lights, which are swung into position from the sides of the boat, do most of the work by luring the squid to the surface. All that remains for a fisherman or tourist to do is gently bob the rod up and down and hook any hapless creatures that come too close. Most people tend to catch at least one squid, and these are often prepared as instant sashimi to be enjoyed on the trip back to shore. Squid fishing can be arranged from nearly any of fishing ports of Thailand. Nevertheless, the best months to go for squid fishing are between October and April. For more details, see www.tatnews.org Photo: TAT website
  • Thailand: Loi Krathong festival 2016
    23.08.2016
    There are many people who debate its origins, meanings and myths, but few would deny that Loi Krathong, with its simple beauty, symbolism and anarchic sense of fun, is the festival that most imbues Thainess. Every year, on the full moon of the 12th lunar month, people nationwide, head out to local rivers and lakes to float banana leaf rafts, loaded with cargos of flowers, incense and candles as well as the prayers hopes and dreams of their owners. The Loi Krathong Festival 2016 falls on 14 November. Held when the annual rains have retreated, Loi Krathong is most commonly believed to have developed from an ancient ceremony to pay respects to water spirits and thank them for their bounty. However, some speculate that it’s held in homage to an ancient goddess while others see Krathongs as offerings to apologise to rivers and streams for pollution. Source: TAT - www.tatnews.org Photo credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand
  • Thailand: salt festival
    21.08.2016
    Salt has long been used in Thailand, not just for flavouring food but also as a preservative in the days before refrigeration was widespread. Salt minerals are also used in many of Thailand’s spa treatments and the health industry in skin scrubs and massage treatments. Thailand has long had a tradition of salt farming which is concentrated around the areas of Petchaburi, Samut Sakhon, and Samut Songkhram on the Gulf of Thailand near Bangkok as well as in Pattani in the Southern Region. Salt farming is a labour intensive industry that can only be carried out in the hottest months of the year. Fields are shallowly flooded with seawater and left till the water has evaporated. The salt is then collected into piles for workers to carry away in shoulder baskets for bagging. The salt industry is celebrated annually in a three-day Art of Salt Festival in Phetchaburi every March. The festival featured educational displays as well as sculptures made of salt by local artists, including the landmark sculpture of a pair of lovers that was lit up in the evening. The festival also offered visitors the chance to enjoy some local food, learn about a traditional product and support one of Thailand’s most important grassroots industries. Source: TAT - www.tatnews.org Photo credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand
  • Festivals of Thailand: Loi Krathong
    19.08.2016
    Loi Krathong is one of the most charming festivals of the Thai calendar and is enjoyed in different ways all over the kingdom. Held on the evening of the 12th lunar month’s full moon, Loi Krathong originated as a way of paying respects to the water goddess for her bounty over the year. Most locals celebrate by releasing a Kratong float made of banana leaves into a nearby waterway, but fairs and celebrations are also held and the evening is a wonderful introduction to the start of Thailand’s cool season. Sukhothai is the spiritual home of Loi Krathong and some of the biggest celebrations take place here in the famous historical park. But Loi Krathong is celebrated nationwide and on every waterway you can see amazing krathongs being floated. If you’re in the north you may even be lucky enough to see an amazing display of khom loi fire lanterns released into the starry sky in a ceremony called Yi Peng. Source: TAT - www.tatnews.org Photo credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand
  • MICE Asia Pacific Expo 2016 - Singapore
    18.08.2016
    Taking place on 21st - 22nd September at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, MICE Asia Pacific Exhibition 2016 is only one month away! Over 20 high-level speakers are confirmed to be presenting at the conference sessions and workshops at MICE Asia Expo, such as Robert Campbell, the Vice President of Uniplan Taiwan; Christopher Lilley, Managing Director of Sales APAC of etouches; Justin Randles, Publisher&Managing Director of Lighthouse Independent Media; Dr. Jin Hong Seok, Chairman of Korea MICE Convergence Leaders Forum; Ben Veechai, Regional Director International Marketing of UBM Asia and many more. The Asia Pacific MICE Awards 2016 will be held after day one of the exhibition and will feature live entertainment acts, cocktail party and networking. The Awards will be judged upon impartially by 10 leading event professionals from throughout the Asia Pacific region - Loy Joon How, General Manager of IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Centre; Richard Tan, Executive Director of InfoCommAsia Pte Ltd; Kim Waddoup, CEO of Moscow MICE International Forum; Mark Cooper, CEO of IACC, to name but a few. To add on, a new programme – The Meet the Buyers session – is launched this year. It is an invitation-only event and the VIPs will be meeting with the exhibitors at MICE Asia Pacific Exhibition 2016 to discuss business opportunities. The sessions will be attended by leading conference organizers, exhibition organizers, event marketers, meeting planners, incentive house agency, party/networking planners, etc. from across Asia Pacific region. Companies confirmed attending as VIPs: UBM Exhibition Singapore Pte Ltd., Reed Exhibitions Ltd., MP International, amcasia!, Exhibition at Conference & Exhibition Management Services Pte Ltd, ITMA Services Pte Ltd, Informa ME, BCD Meetings and Events Singapore and many more. Visit www.miceasiaexhibition.com for the exhibition information. Contact the MICE Asia Expo team at marketing@miceasiaexhibition.com if you have any questions. MICE Asia Pacific Exhibition 2016 – A Show You Should Not Miss!
  • Дополнительный рейс в Пекин
    05.08.2016
    Авиакомпания «Аврора», входящая в группу компаний «Аэрофлот», вводит дополнительный рейс Владивосток — Пекин — Владивосток SU5468/5469. Начиная с 6 августа, регулярное авиасообщение по этому маршруту будет осуществляться дважды в неделю с вылетом из приморской столицы по вторникам и субботам. Все полеты перевозчик продолжит выполнять на комфортабельных современных лайнерах Airbus A319, вместимостью 128 пассажирских кресел экономического и бизнес-класса. Дополнительная частота и время прибытия в китайскую столицу обеспечит пассажирам «Авроры» возможность удобных стыковок в аэропорту Пекина при планировании путешествия в страны Европы, Ближнего Востока и Северной Америки. Узнать подробнее о расписании полетов и приобрести билеты можно на сайтах «Аэрофлота» www.aeroflot.ru, «Авроры» www.flyaurora.ru, а также в агентствах. Справки можно получить в контакт-центре авиакомпании по многоканальному телефону 8-800-250-49-88. АО «Авиакомпания "Аврора"» создана руководством ПАО «Аэрофлот» в 2013 г. по поручению Правительства Российской Федерации. Входит в группу компаний «Аэрофлот». В настоящее время парк воздушных судов «Авроры» насчитывает 21 воздушное судно: 10 среднемагистральных Airbus А319, девять DHC-8 и два внутрирегиональных самолета DHC-6. «Аврора» обладает подтвержденным сертификатом аудита IOSA. На регулярной основе выполняет полеты по международным маршрутам в Сеул, Пусан, Харбин, Далянь, Пекин, Гонконг, Токио, Саппоро. Внутрироссийские направления авиакомпании представлены маршрутами в города: Южно-Сахалинск, Хабаровск, Владивосток, Магадан, Якутск, Петропавловск-Камчатский, Новосибирск, Иркутск, Красноярск, Благовещенск. Также самолеты авиакомпании «Аврора» выполняют регулярные социально значимые рейсы по местным воздушным линиям в Сахалинской области и в Приморском крае. Текст и фото: Авиакомпания «Аврора» www.flyaurora.ru Также интересно: Япония: Токио Япония: Осака Китай: Шанхай за 4 дня Китай: Пекин в 1817 году Гонконг: русские очерки 1853 года Япония 1904 год: русские очерки
  • Women’s Journey Thailand starts on 1 August
    26.07.2016
    Women’s Journey Thailand campaign is set to launch on 1 August, 2016, meaning that women travellers from around the world will be able to enjoy a huge range of activities, special offers, discounts and privileges as well as products and services geared to meet their needs throughout the month of August. It is a special project initiated by The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT). The Women’s Journey Thailand campaign is aimed at women travelling individually or in groups as well as women visiting Thailand with family who might want to enjoy some activities by themselves. TAT is working with a range of partners in the health and beauty sector as well as hotels, airlines hospitals, gyms and sports clubs to offer discounts and offers to women visiting Thailand from 1 to 31 August, 2016. The campaign is also a way of marking Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 84th birthday on 12 August. To support the Women’s Journey project, the special deals from the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale will be extended to 31 August, 2016. To ensure women travellers get the most out of the campaign, TAT has released a mobile application “Women’s Journey Thailand,” that enables them to navigate the offers and promotions and to plan their schedule accordingly. The products, services and events are listed under five categories: Beautiful Look, Beautiful Shape, Beautiful Mind, Beautiful Retreat, and Beautiful Experience. The Women’s Journey Thailand application can be downloaded from Play Store and iStore. Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand www.tatnews.org Photo: TAT
  • How to train in Muay Thai
    26.07.2016
    For some people, simply watching an exciting Muay Thai bout is not enough. They want to learn some of the amazing moves for themselves get their bodies in the best condition of their lives. Some are even tempted to experience the adrenalin pumping action of a fight in the ring.  This is why there are now so many Muay Thai schools opening up worldwide. But for most Thai boxing devotees, the ultimate place to study the art is in Thailand itself, and they come here in their thousands to undergo vigorous training sessions and learn from Thai masters. While here, they also get to enjoy other aspects of the kingdom’s culture. Such training camps often have Rajadamnern and Lumpinee Stadium champions as trainers, and the schedule can be gruelling, with training and exercise sessions that push you to the limit. But the foreign Muay Thai fighters that undergo this experience often claim their months or weeks training were the most rewarding weeks of their lives, and they leave the kingdom in tip top physical condition and with a greater appreciation of Thailand and its people. Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand www.tatnews.org Photo: TAT
  • Thailand Royal projects: Chang Hua Man
    23.07.2016
    Getting to the Project is a pleasure in itself. The road from Cha-Am winds its way into the green hills past picturesque paddies. If you really want to get into the eco-friendly spirit of the Royal Project, get on your bike and take the newly-constructed cycle path, alongside the road, that goes nearly all the way to Chang Hua Man. Initiated in 2009 on 250 rai (99 acres) of land, the Chang Hua Man Royal Project is an experimental farm where a range of experimental crops are being tested, not only to help the local people of the Phetchaburi area, but farmers around the nation. There are many different crops grown here with fruits including bananas, papaya, limes and pineapples; over 40 species of vegetables as well as rice and rubber. And all these crops are grown organically without chemicals – sustainability and environmental protection are a large part of all the Royal Projects. The Chang Hua Man Royal Project takes full advantage of its position in the hills with a small wind farm to produce clean electric power. The impressive windmills can be seen from miles away and produce enough energy to power the Project with the excess being fed back into the local grid. Also a dairy farm has been added that uses free range techniques, so the Holstein Friesian cows have lots of space to wander. There are nearly 40 cows and the milk they produce can be brought in the Chang Hua Man shop and local markets. Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand www.tatnews.org Photo: TAT
  • Muay Thai boxing history
    20.07.2016
    Perhaps the most famous of the early Muay Thai fighters was Nai Khanomtom, who won his freedom after the fall of Ayutthaya by defeating 10 Burmese boxing champions when he was being held captive in Burma in 1774. To this day his feat is celebrated every 17 March, now called Muay Thai Day in Thailand and a ceremony is held to pay respect at Nai Khanomtom’s statue in Ayutthaya. These days, Muay Thai is more regulated to ensure the safety of fighters, but it’s still known as the art of eight limbs, due to it being a full contact discipline with fighters using their feet, legs, knees, fists, hands and elbows to strike opponents in fights of five rounds that last three minutes each. The mentally and physically taxing sport now has passionate followers in every country, and they train hard to emulate the skills of the Thai masters past and present. King Naresuan the Great (1555-1605) was a king of the Ayutthaya Kingdom and used to promote Muay Thai among the soldiers and citizens as a way of protecting the nation. The King was a skilled fighter himself as many Thai kings have been over the years. The warrior King Prachao Sua, loved Muay Thai so much that he would enter tournaments around Thailand, in disguise, so that no one would be too intimidated to fight him. He is now fondly remembered as the Tiger King. Between the reigns of Rama I the Great and Rama V the Great, both huge Muay Thai fans, the sport became codified and was made part of a military curriculum. Gloves replaced the hard ropes fighters would use to wrap around their fists, weight classes were introduced and arenas were opened up nationwide. Many young rural Thais today join training schools hoping to become legends of the ring. From a young age, they undergo vigorous training and have taken part in hundreds of fights before they are even in their 20s. For many, Muay Thai offers a chance at fame and fortune and allows them to earn money to send back to their families. Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand www.tatnews.org Photo: TAT
  • Thailand through Royal projects
    15.07.2016
    You don’t have to be very long in Thailand to discover the huge reverence in which His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is held by the Thai people. After all, he has dedicated his life to improving the lot of his subjects, to fighting poverty and to helping preserve the kingdom’s national resources for future generations. And nowhere is his dedication more evident than in the various Royal Projects, which His Majesty has initiated in rural areas up and down the country. As the most travelled monarch in Thailand’s history, King Bhumibol knows firsthand the problems that rural people face when working the land to provide for their communities. So he initiated the Royal Projects back in 1969 as a way of seeking solutions to problems; such as, poverty and opium production in the Golden Triangle region of the North. By promoting alternative crops and encouraging reforestation, he was able to give farmers a new source of income and a sense of pride in their products and community. All of the Royal Projects are started only after close cooperation with the local people and experts to ensure the very best results. There are also six Royal Development Study Centres around the country where research takes place and regional strategies are developed. Farmers can visit these centres to improve their knowledge and learn about environmental conservation. Royal Projects have now been initiated all over the kingdom and as well as boosting local economies, helping promote water conservation, swamp drainage, self-sufficiency and the preservation of Thailand’s forests. The Projects are not just aimed at helping people with their immediate needs, but also to help future generations enjoy the nation’s rich natural heritage. These Royal Projects also offer tourists a new way of experiencing Thailand and of making a real grassroots connection with the kingdom’s diverse people. For all the Royal Projects welcome visitors, be it for a few hours or several days, and there is a diverse range of things to do. You could find yourself learning how to make a unique local dish, releasing fish into the Thai seas, feeding cattle or teaching the village children before spending a night under the roof of a local family and joining their meals and laughter. Already the Royal Projects are offering businesses and organisations new ways to offer incentives or to boost teamwork while contributing to grassroots communities.  But to casual tourists, they can make a great way of making memories. Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand www.tatnews.org Photo: TAT
  • Thailand: Bun Bang Fai Festival
    10.05.2016
    This Bun Bang Fai ritual usually falls in the middle of May just before the start of rainy season and crop planting. The annual Bun Bang Fai Festival, the superstition of firing locally-made bamboo rockets towards the heavens in hopes of beckoning the rain-gods before crop season, will be taking place across local communities in northeastern Thailand with its biggest showcase appearing in Yasothon, a northeastern Thai province famous for its watermelon and jasmine rice farms. Villagers fire homemade rockets into the country skies with the belief that their prayers for abundant rain and a bountiful harvest will be answered. What started from simple rockets made from bamboo has evolved into feats of rockets mounted on scaffolding to giant spinning wheels. Teams with the highest flying and most elaborate inventions are awarded in contests by panels of judges. The Festival is a two-day culmination of folk dance, parading and cultural performances to the drums of rain-beating music at Yasothon’s Phaya Thaen Park, ending on the festival’s grand finale for a display of rockets shooting to attain new heights and a successful crop season in the year.   Date: 14-15 May, 2016 Venue: Phaya Thaen Park, Yasothon Source: TAT - Tourism Authority of Thailand See more at: www.tatnews.org  
  • Thailand: Songkran Splendours
    12.04.2016
    April is the hottest time of the year in Thailand, so the water splashing fun of the Songkran festival is always welcomed, by Thais and tourists alike. The kingdom’s most culturally important event, Songkran is a celebration of the traditional Thai New Year. Normally the celebration lasts for three days from 13 to 15 April, but this year there will be an extended break as 16 and 17 April falls on the weekend. According to the Thai Buddhist calendar, Songkran literally means ‘astrological passage’. It can be interpreted as ‘change’ and ‘cleansing’, a time to usher in a new year and to purify one’s soul and also to do some spring-cleaning. It is also a time to enjoy family time and some fun and exciting festivities too. Don’t be surprised to see thousands of Bangkok-based Thais flocking to the bus terminals or joining the traffic for the long drive back to their hometowns to see their families and old friends to enjoy the Songkran celebrations together. Each province and each community has its own unique way of celebrating the festival, so the activities vary from province to province. Top tips to get the most out of Songkran: In the morning, make merit and listen to temple sermons to understand and benefit from the spiritual side of the festival. Remember that during the New Year festival, the temple activities are the most important aspects of the celebration. To purify or bathe the Buddha or other statues, water should not be poured directly onto the head of the relic, rather on other parts of the statue’s torso. This is a unique ritual which for centuries has celebrated the significance of water in Thai culture and society as a symbol of purity, prosperity and happiness. The custom of pouring water onto the hand of elders’ (people above 60 years old), is to show respect and seek their New Year blessings. Source: TAT - Tourism Authority of Thailand See more at: www.tatnews.org  
  • Vietnam: gifts for Tet holiday
    05.02.2016
    One month before Tet Lunar New Year front shelves at the supermarkets and shops are covered with standard basket with sweets. It is considered as almost a compulsory gift of Tet holiday.
  • Vietnam: traditions of Tet holiday
    04.02.2016
    Red envelopes with lucky money - shortly named in Vietnsmese as "lixi" - are everywhere on Tet holidays. "Lixi" is both noun and verb, name of the red envelope with money gift and the act of giving. Distributing red envelopes is a well-observed custom on Lunar New Year days. It is symbol of happiness and good luck. People believe, that this very simple meaningful act of giving red envelopes opens a channel for sending good wishes and luck both for givers and recievers. The significance of red packets is the red paper, not the money inside. In Vietnamese pagodas monks prepare red envelopes with 200 vnd/500 vnd banknotes for early year visitors. You can not buy anything with this money. It is purely a symbol. While some business people in Vietnam like to impress receivers with 100 USD bill inside red envelope "lixi".  
  • Vietnam: flowers of Tet
    02.02.2016
    Tet - Lunar new year - is the most important festival of the year for Vietnamese people. Special flowers for Tet days are lightly pink peach blossom (hoa dao), shining yellow apricot blossom (hoa mai) and tangerine tree with bright round fruits in green leaves.
  • First day in Vietnam
    12.08.2015
    From the very first minute till the very last minute of your staying in Vietnam you will see the smiles of Vietnamese people. Vietnamese are very-very smiling nation. Let's summarize some small practical tips, that you should take into consideration on the first day of your visit to Vietnam. VIETNAMESE DONG 500.000 vnd (equal to about 23 usd), 200.000 vnd, 100.000 vnd, 50.000 vnd, 20.000 vnd, 10.000 vnd, 5.000 vnd, 2.000 vnd, 1.000 vnd. Too small banknotes and usually not taking into account: 500 vnd and 200 vnd. LOCAL SIM CARD, 3G Avaliable at the offices of Viettel, Mobiphone, Vinaphone. Sim card and balance card can also be purchased at some souvenir shop and even street vendors. Balance card: the mostly used is 100.000 vnd, 50.000 vnd and 200.000 vnd also avaliable.
  • Business trip to Vietnam: check list
    06.08.2015
    Planning business trip to Vietnam. Put into your check list the following VISA Depending on your passport and citizenship. Many nations can travel to Vietnam without visa. For others - applying for visa to Vietnam includes certain formalities and official procedures. Please, check with the Vietnamese diplomatic representative for more details. INSURANCE Contact your insurance company/agent for necessary formalities. CLIMATE AND WEATHER Hot and very hot in summer all around the country, except remote mountain areas. In Hanoi can be rather cold (+ 14 C) and unpleasantly misty from December to February. Check carefully for weather forecast before your trip. DRESS CODE Business meeting in Vietnam as well as all meetings with officials have quite simple dress code. Business suit. Less formal meetings can be organized at the golf club or as one day cruise in Halong Bay / Danang / HCM. NAMECARDS It is an essential part of business culture in Vietnam. Vietnamese love to exchange namecards with old and new partners. If in your business trip networking events are scheduled, you should have at least 100 namecards per day.
  • Interesting - China - Coffee
    23.07.2015
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  • Interesting - Japan - Business Style
    23.07.2015
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  • Interesting - Singapore - Business Style
    23.07.2015
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  • Interesting - Cambodia - Caoutchouc - Rowling
    23.07.2015
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  • Interesting - Thailand - Coffee
    23.07.2015
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  • Interesting - Indonesia - Coffee
    23.07.2015
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  • Торжественный приём по случаю Дня России
    Malaysia, Coffee, King
    11.07.2015
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  • Торжественный приём по случаю Дня России
    Malaysia, Сaoutchouc, Rowling
    11.07.2015
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  • Vietnam: coffee market
    11.07.2015
    For the last decades Vietnam became the second largest coffee exporter in the world, following only Brazil. Coffee is one of Vietnam's most important agricultural exports. Vietnam exports 700 to 900 thousand tons annually. It is about 14% of world coffee market share. Vietnam is highly competitive as a coffee producer because of ideal climate and environmental conditions, low production costs, and yields among the highest in the world. The biggest market for coffee beans from Vietnam is Germany. The United States is the second largest buyer of Vietnam's green coffee after Germany. In Europe it last 2 years, Belgium is promising to become very important market for Vietnamese coffee, as only in the first half of 2014, exports to Belgium increased by 2.5 times in volume. Now waiting for data updete for 2015. Two major markets in Asia - Japan and Korea. Among the permanent markets in ASEAN and Southeast Asian nations are the Philippines, Malaysia and  Indonesia.    
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