Weekend News Summary: 1 - 2 July


This weekend was a pretty eventful one around the country, with new services being launched and new findings uncovered. Here’s a quick news roundup for you.

In Da Nang, a new bus service and “Park & Ride” system has been launched as part of the city’s urban traffic corridor improvement project. The bus service aims to boost the city’s internal bus services with routes connecting to residential quarters and public destinations as well as free bike parking at the departure bus stations.

Still on the topic of public transport, top Vietnamese taxi firm Vinasun has said that Uber and Grab have damaged its profits, mainly due to factors such as pricing and falling employee numbers with some drivers opting to join the ride-hailing apps.

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A global report by the United Nations World Tourism Association has ranked Vietnam’s tourism growth as seventh in the world, making it the only Southeast Asian destination in the top ten. This news comes after foreign visitors to Vietnam rose 26 percent to a record 10 million last year, earning the tourism industry VND400 trillion.

Speaking of travel, Saigon has inaugurated new exits on Nguyen Van Cu bridge, which reduces the distance for motorists wanting to get to Vo Van Kiet avenue, thereby releasing congestion at the nearby Tran Hung Dao intersection. Work is also coming to an end to sections of the Tan Son Nhat airport overpasses; some parts will be open to traffic as early as today.

Still in Saigon, the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City will review a pilot scheme that allows tracing the origin of pork sold in the city via a mobile app. This allows customers to track the journey of a piece of pork by scanning a QR-coded label on the meat package to ensure it is legitimately sourced.

sourced porkImage source: baomoi.com

Lastly, a survey by financial research group ValuePenguin has revealed that Vietnam has the third-most expensive Starbucks drinks in the World. The survey involved the prices of a “tall” latte in 39 countries, joining three other Southeast Asian countries in the top ten which include Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.

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