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Get festive for Tet at Cham cultural center
Cham-CuturalThe Cham Cultural Exhibition Center in Binh Thuan Province will host a week of cultural events for Tet (Lunar New Year) from January 30 to February 8. The highlight othe program is the exhibition of royal costumes of the Cham imperial family.

See what the Cham kings, queen, princes and princess were wearing – including crowns, seals and swords and betel nut making sets.

Also see costumes, musical instruments, objects and products that Cham people used in festivals.

Apart from exhibits of traditional craft villages like brocade weaving and ceramics, the center will also display farming tools such as buffalo carts, fish traps and stone jewelries plus a collection of stone statues of Aspara dancers, Genesa, Avalo Kitecvara Gods, a lion, Linga-Yoni and many documents written in Cham language.

Brocade weavers and pottery makers will demonstrate for visitors, so guests can join contests. Learn how to cook at Cham cake making displays or just enjoy a free cake.

Rija Nugar ( New Year Festival) and folk artistic performances will be on every night during the festival week.

The Cham artist troupe from Bac Binh District will perform Saranai pan-pipe, Yin-Yang couple dance, Po Jija dance, Vai Chai singing and many kinds of ethnic Cham dance and singing.

The center is in Phan Hiep Commune, Bac Binh District, Phan Thiet City.

Vietnam aims to welcome 5.3 million foreign visitors in 2011

Start-of-year-augurs-well-for-tourist-tradeThe tourism industry targets to welcome 5.3 million foreign and 30 million local visitors this year, with a turnover of more than VND110 trillion ($5.5 billion), accounting for 4.6 percent of Vietnam’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Nguyen Manh Cuong, Vice Chief of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, said that the tourism industry will develop plans to attract one million Thai, one million Japanese, one million Korean, one million European visitors and others.

Cuong said the goal of 5.3 million foreign tourists in 2011 is feasible because in 2010 Vietnam welcomed 5 million foreign and 28 million domestic visitors. This is one of the ten outstanding events of the tourism industry in 2010.

Other events of the tourism sector in 2010 include: the 50th anniversary of the tourism sector, Vietnam – Your Destination tourism promotion program, National Tourism Year 2010 in Hanoi, Vietnam tourism development strategy to 2020 submitted to the government, the program to promote Vietnam tourism in China, the Pacific, Western Europe and Southeast Asia, launching the tourism television channel, national workshop on tourism, the international mountaineering competition to the Fansipan peak, International Tourism Exhibition-Fair in HCM City.

(Source PV)

Longest Tet break creates the perfect holiday season

Tet-nguyen-dan-vietnamViet Nam's first eight day Tet ( Lunar New Year) holiday has created favourable conditions for local and overseas Vietnamese to enjoy the longest Tet, starting on February 3.

An increasing number of well-off Vietnamese have chosen to celebrate Tet abroad. That trend is expected to continue this Lunar New Year.

Popular destinations abroad at this time of year when the weather is cool or cold in much of the country are Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Hong Kong – where the weather is more inviting. Meanwhile, those with relations abroad often take the opportunity afforded by the long annual holiday to visit family and friends in the US, Australia and Europe.

To meet increasing Tet demand, Tourist Firms have put on extra tours from the 28th and 29th of the 12th lunar month until the 4th of Lunar New Year. It is expecting millions of visitors, an increase of 15 per cent compared with last year.

Last year, the country's tourism sector welcomed 5 million foreign travelers and 28 million local guests.

Vietnam Named as One of Japan’s Top Ten Tourist Destinations

vietnam-as-top-ten-destinationAccording to a representative from Vietnam’s tourism industry, Vietnam has won recognition as one of the top ten destinations by the Japanese government and Japanese tourism companies.

Japanese touristsThe representative affirmed that this is a big step forward for Vietnam’s tourism industry. With this recognition, from now to April 2009, Vietnam is expected to receive even larger numbers of Japanese tourists.

In the first nine months this year, the total number of foreign tourists to Vietnam reached 3.3 million, an increase of 6 percent year on year.

(Source: CPV)

Traditional Vietnamese, Japanese foods spotlighted
vietnamese-and-japanese-foodsTraditional dishes of Vietnamese and Japanese food will be on display at a gastronomy night, which is to be held in Hoi An Town, Quang Nam Province on July 7. The programme, co-organised by the Quang Nam Tourism Association, Hoi An Hotel and the Japan’s Institute for Human Resource Development, will spotlight dishes made by professor Iijima Yukichika, Vice Director of the Association of Global Hotel Management.

Vietnamese traditional foodsIt is aimed at helping Vietnamese people better understand culinary the gastronomy of Japan, which is well-known for traditional dishes like sushi, sashimi, tempura and different types of noodle as well as promoting the country’s tourism-related products to Japanese friends.

Earlier, the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) organised a similar culinary programme in the Lotte Mart supermarket in Ho Chi Minh City from February 26 to March 14.

Yoshida Sakae, JETRO’s managing director, expressed his wish that through the event, JETRO would set up more diverse food distribution systems.

Vietnam is seen as a promising market for Japanese processed food and a favourite destination for Japanese arrivals.

In the first six months of this year, Japanese arrivals to Vietnam increased by 18.5% to more than 210,000.

(Source: VNA)

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