Foreign Tourists to Vietnam Hit Record High - News on 28 November 2016


Foreign tourists to Vietnam hit record high

Arrivals in the first 11 months of 2016, beat the full-year target, with the total number for 2016 set to rise 22 percent from last year. The number of foreign visitors to Vietnam is well on track to top nine million in the first 11 months, up 25.4 percent from a year ago and already surpassing the full-year 8.5 million target for 2016.

According to the General Statistics Office, foreign arrivals to Vietnam in November are estimated to reach more than 926,000, up 14 percent from last month and 25 percent from last year.

China remained the biggest source of visitors with nearly 2.5 million traveling to Vietnam so far this year, up 54 percent. The second biggest market, South Korea, saw a 39.2 percent increase to nearly 1.4 million. It was followed by Japan, up 10.5 percent to nearly 680,000 and the U.S., up 13.4 percent to more than 500,000. Japanese and South Korean visitors can stay in Vietnam for up to 15 days without a visa. Other markets that benefit from the same policy -- Denmark, …

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PM urges mass vaccine production

Việt Nam must be able to produce large amounts of multivalent vaccines in the coming years, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has said. He made the statement due to the fact that by 2019, the country will no longer receive aid from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) for 5-in-1 combination vaccines as part of the national Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI).

Việt Nam is one of few countries in the region able to produce vaccines for humans, the Ministry of Health said, with 11 out of 12 vaccines for the EPI produced in the country. However, the vaccines were all monovalent. This calls for autonomous mass production of multivalent vaccines in the country, especially the acellular 5-in-1 combination vaccines, which will replace the 5-in-1 Quinvaxem vaccines that have been provided by GAVI.

To produce large amounts of multivalent vaccines, industrial factories for large-scale vaccine production are needed, according to representatives …

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National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan to attend Fidel Castro’s funeral

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan left for Cuba to attend the State funeral for the Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who passed away on Friday in Havana.

Ms. Ngan is accompanied by Head of the National Assembly Office Nguyen Hanh Phuc, Vietnamese Ambassador to Cuba Duong Minh, Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee’s Office Le Quang Vinh and other senior officials.

The funeral of Mr. Castro will run for 9 days until December 4th. The Cuban leader was born on August 13th, 1916. He was the former First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Cuba Central Committee, and former Chairman of the State Council and Council of Ministers.

Mr. Fidel Castro, a great friend of Vietnam, led international movements on supporting Vietnamese people’s just struggle for national independence and unification in the past and socialism construction at present. …

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If the TPP is dead, the US, not Vietnam, will suffer: analysts

If the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement fails, Vietnam will miss an opportunity which can help boost its growth, but this would not have a negative impact on the national economy, analysts say.

US President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed his strong opposition to TPP, stating that he will ditch the TPP trade deal on day one of his presidency, describing TPP as a ‘potential disaster’ for the US. Dr Phan Minh Ngoc, a renowned analyst, commented that the TPP was a ‘plus’ for Vietnam’s economy because it would boost exports and growth. If the TPP is ratified, Vietnam may see GDP growth rate rising from 6.2 percent to 7 percent. And if the TPP fails, the growth rate will still be at 6.2 percent and will not decrease.

“It won’t be a disaster or a negative factor if the TPP is rejected. It won’t cause Vietnam to lag behind in its development path,” he said. Le Quoc Phuong, deputy director of the Industry & Trade …

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City honors 138 individuals and groups for their noble contributions

HCM City People's Committee and Việt Nam Fatherland Front last Saturday honoured 113 individuals and 25 groups, clubs as well as associations in the city for their noble contributions to life in the city.

''Their contributions also help build one city with civilisation, modernism, love and a good quality of life,'' Nguyễn Thành Phong, chairman of the city People's Committee said at the honouring ceremony. They include seniors, workers, teachers, young people, nuns, monks and retired doctors.

"Their silent and noble contributions need to be honoured because they are done from the heart. These people are the seeds that cultivate goodness in life." Phong said. The 138 individuals and groups, typically, volunteer to raise orphans, help poor people as well as people with disabilities. They also provide free health examinations and treatment, teach children with cancer as well as poor kids, and collect rubbish in canals. Charity food groups in Districts 1, 2, 11, 12 …

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Binh Dinh’s coastal waters seriously polluted

The environment in the coastal areas of Binh Dinh province is facing risks – fishing activities, oil spills, waste from shrimp hatcheries on sand, and waste water from fisheries logistics services.

Tran Van Phuc, deputy director of the Binh Dinh Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the environment and biodiversity in the coastal areas have been seriously deteriorating. Coral ecosystems, seagrass beds and fisheries resources have been diminishing due to exploitation activities with explosives, poison or trawling. “Fishery boats of fishermen and cruise ships of travel firms have damaged coral reefs, destroying the habitat for aquatic creatures to gather and grow,” he said. The problem is especially serious in Nhon Hai commune of Quy Nhon City. There are seven hectares of surface water with beautiful coral reefs. But the coral reef is now in danger as Tan Phat Company has received a license from the provincial People’s Committee …

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