A folklore night, complete with belly dancing, has been organised in Ha Noi to promote Egyptian tourism and culture.
The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism met with Vietnamese travel agents as well as the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism to introduce the Egyptian tourism industry to the domestic market, enhancing co-operation between the two countries.
Miss Viet Nam 2010 Dang Ngoc Han, who was offered a tour to Egypt by its embassy in Viet Nam, attended the event to share her experiences while travelling through the country.
Last year, Egypt received 15 million international visitors, according to Egyptian Tourism Ministry statistics. Egyptian tourism authorities are expected to sign co-operation agreements with Viet Nam to popularise Vietnamese tourism in their country.
TV series on Korean business
A series entitled The Real Dream, featuring 20 South Korean enterprises in Viet Nam, is being aired at 4.45pm every Saturday on Ha Noi Television's Channel 1 through December.
The programme is offering viewers vivid images of the operations of the businesses and their charitable activities across the country.
The first episode, broadcast on September 10, introduced Doosan Heavy Industries, which has invested in the central province of Quang Ngai. The remaining episodes will focus on other enterprises such as steelmaker Posco, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and restaurant operator Lotteria.
South Korean companies have 2,800 projects in Viet Nam worth a total of US$23.4 billion and providing jobs for over 500,000 local people. Over the past three years, the enterprises have collectively donated $8.2 million for scholarships, building homes for the poor, and aiding flood victims.
Russians soak up Khanh Hoa
More than 20,000 Russian visitors have toured Khanh Hoa Province this year, arriving on chartered flights via Cam Ranh Airport.
Nguyen Van Thanh, director of the province's Tourism Promotion Centre, said the increase in the number of charter flights had attracted more tourists from major cities in Russia to the province, where the beach city of Nha Trang is located.
This month, the HCM City-based Anh Duong Tourism Company signed a contract with the Russian travel agency Pegas Touristik to take 180 Russian guests to Khanh Hoa per day on charter flights via Cam Ranh Airport between October 2011 and May 2012.
Beginning last December, the Ha Noi-based Nhat Minh Tourism Company has worked with Russia's Vladivostok Air to launch two charter flights that take 280 visitors to Khanh Hoa per week.
With the province welcoming more than 1,000 Russian tourists each week, the area is in dire need of more tour guides who can speak Russian, said Thanh.
VietNamNet/Viet Nam News