Winners of tourism awards push sustainability agenda

BANGKOK — World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) – leading authority on global travel and tourism industry – announced the winners of the 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards on Thursday at a global industry summit in Bangkok, Thailand. Designed to honour and celebrate inspirational, world-changing tourism initiatives, the awards are presented in five categories, which reflects WTTC goal to “balancing the interests of people, planet and profits” and to keep in line with United Nation’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. WTTC’s Community Award goes to Ol Peteia Conservancy, Kenya; Destination Award goes to Chobe Makgadikgadi and Okvango delta Ramsar site of Botswana Tourism Organisation; Environment Award goes to Misool eco-resort of Indonesia; Innovation Award goes to Mapping Ocean Wealth, a project by US-based The Nature Conservancy; People Award goes to the J Willard and Alice S Marriot Foundation’s China Hospitality Education Initiative (CHEI). Fiona Jeffry OBE, WTTC Chairwoman and founder, said that the winners continue to push the sustainability agenda and help develop a better, more responsible and accountable sector, better tourism experiences and a protected planet. The summit will conclude Thursday with sessions on the afternoon focusing in latest trends in the global tourism industry.

April 27, 2017 09:45 UTC

Kudos, brickbats greet proposal to double overtime limits

Kudos, brickbats greet proposal to double overtime limitsVietNamNet Bridge – A labour ministry proposal to double the overtime limit for workers to 400 hours per year has evoked a mixed response from workers, and clear disagreement from some officials. A labour ministry proposal to double the overtime limit for workers to 400 hours per year has evoked a mixed response from workers, and clear disagreement from some officials. If the draft was approved, enterprises would have a legal basis to ask workers for more overtime work, she said. If the overtime limit was increased, she could earn more, Hang said. Other experts also advised caution about increasing overtime limits, saying workers needed enough time to rest so that they could reproduce their capacity.

April 27, 2017 09:00 UTC

Korean movie “A Moment to Remember” screens in Hanoi

Korean movie “A Moment to Remember” screens in HanoiVietNamNet Bridge – The movie by Lee Jae-han will be shown at the Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents, 51 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hanoi on April 28. “A Moment to Remember”is based on the 2001 Japanese television drama ‘Pure Soul’. The movie was released on November 5, 2004 in South Korea. It was a major success domestically, topping the box office for two consecutive weeks to become the 5th highest-grossing film of 2004. The film was also a hit in Japan, breaking previous records of Korean films released there; it was the 19th highest-grossing film at the 2005 Japanese box office.

April 27, 2017 09:00 UTC

Vietnam's Human Development Index rising

Vietnam's Human Development Index risingThe Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) and the UNDP co-organized the Global Human Development Report and Conference on “Accelerating Ethnic Minority Development - Leave No One Behind” in Hanoi on April 26. The report also looks to what societies should do to advance human development for everyone. Vietnam’s Human Development Index (HDI) rose 1 per cent to 0.683, placing it 115th out of 188 countries, up two places against last year. The report finds that although average human development improved significantly across all regions from 1990 to 2015, one in three people worldwide continue to live in low levels of human development, as measured by the Human Development Index. Ethnic minority disparities are a longstanding issue, and while there have been some improvements, major gaps still exist.

April 27, 2017 08:15 UTC

Vietnam to apply more trade remedies to protect production

Vietnam to apply more trade remedies to protect productionVietNamNet Bridge - Following many successful cases, there is now a growing tendency in Vietnam to apply trade remedies to protect locally made products. Thanks to the MOIT’s decision on imposing anti-dumping duties in March 2016, the situation has improved. To date, Vietnamese exports have been subjected to trade remedies in over 70 cases with a wide range of products, while Vietnam has taken investigation or applied trade remedies in 10 cases. According to lawyer Tran Huu Huynh from VIAC (Vietnam International Arbitration Center), 10 years ago, when Vietnam’s exports began facing anti-dumping lawsuits in overseas markets, Vietnam was advised to use trade remedies as the last resort to protect domestic production. Huynh said trade remedies will be used more in markets in the world.

April 27, 2017 07:30 UTC



Southern provinces face submersion

Southern provinces face submersionVietNamNet Bridge – HCM City districts and Mekong Delta provinces are facing risks of soil submersion, studies have shown. Mekong Delta provinces face the risk of soil submersion, studies show. However, authorities have focused more efforts on rising sea levels than on soil submersion, which is more urgent. Therefore, the most urgent effort should be focused on ground submersion, he added. Substantial evidence shows that most Mekong provinces would face similar risks of soil submersion because of underground water exploitation, which has been affecting 24 million residents in the region, according to the NGI study.

April 27, 2017 07:30 UTC

Flooding hotpots galore, Hanoi warned

Flooding hotpots galore, Hanoi warnedVietNamNet Bridge – The capital city’s overloaded drainage system will struggle to cope with the rainy season this year, putting as many as 18 locations at risk of flooding, officials warn. “It (the drainage system) works when there is 500mm of rainfall or less per two hours. Eleven of the eighteen locations highly likely to suffer flooding during prolonged downpours are located in the To Lich River Basin, it said. “The previous management unit of the system, the Ha Dong Urban Environment Joint Stock Company, did not hand over the technical documents,” he explained. Some 200 uncovered manholes were counted recently within the Hoa Binh residential area in Ha Dong District, threatening the lives of its residents, said the People’s Committee of Yen Nghia Ward.

April 27, 2017 07:30 UTC

Airline competition redraws Vietnam's aviation map

Meanwhile, Jetstar Pacific, where Vietnam Airlines holds a 70 percent stake, has been trying to expand domestic flights and flights to the region. While Vietnam Airlines had a ‘4-star airline’ message, Jetstar’s slogan is ‘gia re moi ngay’ (low prices every day). Vietnam Airlines, the nation’s flag air carrier, has been expanding air routes to the biggest finance centers in the world. The hybrid model has been applied in other parts of the world in recent years.Is this a wise step taken by Vietjet Air? “More than half of international air routes opened by Vietjet Air have not been exploited by any other airline.

April 27, 2017 07:18 UTC

Oscar-winning ’Silence of the Lambs’ director dies

NEW YORK — Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs whose four-decade career spanned a staggering array of work from romantic comedy and rock music to hard-hitting documentaries, died on Wednesday. Demme passed away in New York surrounded by his family after a battle with cancer, his publicist announced. It swept the 1992 Academy Awards, winning five Oscars including best picture, best actor for Hopkins and best actress for Foster. Born on February 22, 1944 on Long Island, New York, Demme went to high school in Miami and briefly studied chemistry at the University of Florida in the hope of becoming a veterinarian. There were also lackluster reviews for his 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate starring Streep and Denzel Washington, set in the 1990-1991 Gulf War.

April 27, 2017 06:11 UTC

ASEAN has vast potential to grow in global tourism map

BANGKOK — ASEAN countries have the potential to become one of the world’s most attractive destinations for travel and tourism, a panel of speakers consisting of high level officials from Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines said at the World Travel and Tourism Summit 2017 Global Summit today in Bangkok, Thailand. ASEAN member countries’ tourism authorities place great importance on the process to streamline visa application and facilitate ease of travel for visitors to the region. The Thai minister said ASEAN countries are connected in many ways. Despite the vast tourism potential, the region also faces numerous daunting challenges, especially in developing infrastructure and human resources, both key factors for a robust tourism industry. Mishra from the ICAO said ASEAN countries must invest more in training high skilled workers, especially in the field of aviation technology to help with the region’s already-congested air traffic.

April 27, 2017 06:00 UTC

Workplace by Facebook changes how enterprises communicate

Workplace by Facebook changes how enterprises communicateMany companies in Viet Nam, such as FPT Group, BIDV, Bao Viet Life Insurance or Hoc mai online education portal, are using Facebook Workplace. FPT CEO Hoang Viet Ha said most FPT employees were young and did not like to use email for work. Organisations of all sizes can use familiar Facebook features such as newsfeed, groups, messages and events to get work done,” Ramesh Gopalkrishna, head of Workplace, APAC at Facebook, said. The Viet Nam Government Portal recently agreed to trial Facebook Workplace for their 200-strong workforce. Workplace by Facebook is a dedicated and secured communication platform helping companies internally connect, communicate and collaborate at work.

April 27, 2017 04:52 UTC

Vietnam fish exporters aim to crack Europe

Vietnam fish exporters aim to crack EuropeThe Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) is showcasing Vietnamese seafood products at the Seafood Expo Global, which is being held in Brussels, Belgium, from Tuesday to Thursday. A shrimp processing line at Cuu Long Frozen Shrimp Export Company in southern Tra Vinh Province. booth, the association introduced Viet Nam’s seafood specialties, including tra fish (known as pangasius), shrimp, tuna and tilapia fish, as well as cattle fish, octopus and dried seafood products, all of which come from 25 Vietnamese seafood producers and exporters. Alfons van Duijvenbode, a Dutch consultant, said European consumers have a bad impression of Vietnamese pangasius due to false information on social media. In recent years, the consumption of Vietnamese pangasius has fallen in the EU, meanwhile other fish have maintained or even increased sales volum, he said.

April 27, 2017 04:48 UTC

High rate of cancer cases leads to poverty

High rate of cancer cases leads to poverty75,000 people are dying from cancer every year and their families often face huge debts after their deaths. Since he doesn't have health insurance, they were forced to borrow money from friends. According to Tran Thanh Huong, vice head of the National Hospital of Cancer, the patient pays for 48% of the treatment cost. Those who don't have health insurance are not poor households but they are being impoverished due to high treatment costs. Nguyen Ba Duc, vice head of Vietnam Cancer Association, said the risk of getting cancer was higher because of toxic chemicals in various products such as pesticides, preservatives, burnt food and a lack of dietary knowledge.

April 27, 2017 04:30 UTC

An Giang seeks to relocate 20,000 families after landslide

An Giang seeks to relocate 20,000 families after landslideVietNamNet Bridge – An Giang Province wants the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to help frame housing policies that will enable the relocation of 20,000 families living in landslide-prone areas in the next five years. Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha at a meeting with An Giang authorities on April 25. Some 162km of the province’s 400km of riverbanks are vulnerable to landslides, and 20,000 households live on them. Sand miningThere are 265 highly vulnerable spots in the Mekong Delta where landslides have caused the loss of 500 hectares. In the coming time there will be more 11 hydropower dams on the Mekong River and no sand will come to the Mekong Delta.

April 27, 2017 04:30 UTC

VN well poised to face growth challenges

And with the willingness of all the parties to engage together, Việt Nam looks set to have a good few years of growth ahead. There are sparkling new airports and new direct flight routes, which make it very easy to get to Việt Nam now. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HSBC Bank Việt Nam Phạm Hồng HảiWhat do you think about the current investment environment in Việt Nam? However, companies investing in Việt Nam are also facing many difficulties in developing and doing business. Việt Nam has a large population with a large proportion of young people, thus consumption demand is high.

April 27, 2017 04:18 UTC




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