Tourist arrivals in Asia-Pacific far below pre-pandemic levels

By Hoang Phong  &nbspNovember 24, 2022 | 02:45 pm GMT+7 Foreign tourists walk along a beach in Da Nang City, central Vietnam, November 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Dong The number of international visitors to Asia-Pacific in the January-September period was 83% below pre-pandemic levels as China, a key source market for the region, remains closed. […]

HCMC to open Spanish language training course for tour guides

By Hoang Phong   &nbspNovember 25, 2022 | 04:47 pm GMT+7 Spanish tourists drink beer on Bui Vien Street in HCMC, August 2022. Photo by Tung Tin Tourism authorities in Ho Chi Minh City will organize a Spanish language training course for tour guides and those working in the tourism industry to better serve Spanish […]

Singaporean, Vietnamese tourists found after missing for a day in national park

By Phuoc Tuan  &nbspNovember 23, 2022 | 01:38 pm GMT+7 A Singaporean tourist (L) and his friend are found inside a forest of Bidoup Nui Ba National Park in Lam Dong Province, November 22, 2022. Photo by Thai Ha A Singaporean tourist and his Vietnamese friend who had gone missing inside Bidoup Nui Ba National […]

Downtown Saigon street to set the table for ASEAN food fest

By Hoang Phong  &nbspNovember 23, 2022 | 08:03 am GMT+7 Le Loi Street in downtown HCMC, November 2022. Photo by Quynh Tran A food festival featuring signature ASEAN dishes will be held November 24-27 on downtown Saigon’s Le Loi Street, which has been freed from the shackles of a metro construction site. The food fest […]

Airfares on routes between South Korea, Vietnam grow cheaper

By Tam Anh   &nbspNovember 22, 2022 | 02:24 pm GMT+7 An Air Premia’s aircraft. Photo courtesy of Air Premia South Korea’s low-cost carriers have been reducing air ticket prices by up to 15% on routes connecting with Vietnam’s tourist hubs to boost travel during the year-end season. Jin Air, T’way Air, Air Busan, Air […]

Tan Son Nhat airport records highest single-day international arrivals post pandemic

By Hoang Phong  &nbspNovember 22, 2022 | 03:19 pm GMT+7 Aircraft park at Tan Son Nhat Airport in HCMC, August 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran Tan Son Nhat, Vietnam’s busiest airport in Ho Chi Minh City, welcomed 33,000 international passengers on Nov. 20, the highest single-day number since reopening post Covid-19. The figure reached 70% […]

Phu Quoc historical prison-tourist attraction set for $2-mln facelift

By Hoang Phong  &nbspNovember 21, 2022 | 10:42 am GMT+7 Inside Phu Quoc Prison where political prisoners used to be held during the war. Photo by Shutterstock The southern province of Kien Giang has approved a VND50-billion ($2 million) renovation of a historical prison on Phu Quoc Island as part of efforts to boost tourism. […]

Southeast Asian countries race to attract wealthy foreign tourists for longer stays

Indonesia, the largest economy in Southeast Asia, has introduced a new visa available for a period of five or ten years to those who hold at least two billion rupiahs (US$127,174) in their bank accounts, Bloomberg reported. The policy takes effect this Christmas. “This is a non-fiscal incentive for certain foreigners to make a positive […]