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RustyCompass – Travel in the Real World

An independent online resource for travellers that want to take more than a suntan or a token souvenir away from their holiday.

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Weekly Update Jan 24: Membership Directory, TET Lunar New Year, U.S.-Asia/Pacific Business Summit

Highlights

AmCham Membership Directory 2011 – update your listing
We-Mo, Feb 2-7 TET Lunar New Year (Yr of the Cat)
Mo-Mo, Jan 31-Feb 7 TET Lunar New Year (optional 8-day holidays)
Th-Fr, Mar 3-4 U.S.-Asia/Pacific Regional Business Summit, Singapore
Mo-Tu, Mar 28-29 APBO Asia Pacific Business Outlook, Los Angeles

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Weekly Update Jan 10: 2011 Membership Directory, Party Congress, TET

Highlights

AmCham Membership Directory 2011 – update your listing
We-We, Jan 12-19, 11th Party Congress in Hanoi
Fr-Su, Jan 21-23 AmCham Dalat Winter Weekend – POSTPONED
We-Mo, Feb 2-7 TET Lunar New Year (Yr of the Cat)
We-Mo, Feb 2-7 TET Lunar New Year (Yr of the Cat)

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Weekly Update Dec 27: 2011 Membership Directory, Party Congress, Dalat Winter Weekend, TET


Highlights

AmCham Membership Directory 2011
We-We, Jan 12-19, 11th Party Congress in Hanoi
Fr-Su, Jan 21-23 AmCham Dalat Winter Weekend
We-Mo, Feb 2-7 TET Lunar New Year (Yr of the Cat)

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Weekly Update Jan 12: Monthly Lunch, New Year’s Networking Drinks Night, TET

Keep up-to-date about U.S.-Vietnam trade and investment with Weekly Updates.

Upcoming Events and Activities

Plan ahead. Click here to see all upcoming Events and Committee Meetings

Phu My Bridge in Ho Chi Minh City
We, Jan 14 Members Lunch: Vietnam 2020: Solutions for Large-Scale Infrastructure and Real Estate Documentation Help make history. Bridging the past, present, and future of Vietnam using new media technologies to document tangible development indicators in Vietnam such as city foundation essentials (roads, bridges, and waterways) and burgeoning urban centers (residential and office buildings).

We, Jan 14: Joint Chambers New Year’s Networking Drinks Night Complimentary canapes will be served. Beer (Budweiser) 30kvnd, wine 60kvnd, spirits and cocktail 40kvnd. Organized by BBGV, AusCham, AmCham, EuroCham, co-hosted by CanCham, HKBAV, NordCham, SwissCham.

Su-We, Jan 25-28: Caravelle’s Nineteen Delectable TET Buffet. The Caravelle Hotel welcomes the Year of the Ox at Nineteen Jan. 25-28 with a buffet that celebrates the best of the mains and the range. “Nineteen’s buffet is a marvel throughout the year, but we pull out all the stops at Tet,” said John Gardner, general manager of the Caravelle. The 2009 buffet costs USD 47 per person and comes with a passion fruit welcome drink and our regular free flow of Italian and Chilean wines.

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Weekly Update Apr 16: Phan Thiet Weekend Apr 28-May 1, New Holiday Apr 26

Keep up-to-date about U.S.-Vietnam trade and investment relations with Weekly Updates.

Upcoming Events and Committee Meetings

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10th Annual AmCham Family Weekend in Phan Thiet, Apr 28-May 1
Register now to avoid disappointment during this busy Spring Holiday.

Tue, Apr 17 Monthly Lunch: eMarketing and eBusiness in Vietnam
Vietnam will have an estimated 30 million people online by 2010 Currently there is a 15% internet penetration rate. Online ads maturing: now being more accepted by advertisers as a legitimate and useful means of spending advertising dollars. Online payment systems are coming. How will this affect your business?

Wed, Apr 18 : How to achieve ROI from your ERP investments (member event) (Member Event)
ERP investment is supposed to help businesses, but even big companies can find themselves spending money without a return. TRG and Infor will show you how some up-front analysis with an eye to your industry, competitors and business processes will make your investments pay off.

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Holidays in Vietnam 2013

If you’re traveling to Vietnam on business or pleasure, you’ll want to know when the holidays are.

You may be planning meetings, but offices or factories are closed.

Or you may be planning a relaxing trip, but find that the whole country is on holiday and transportation facilities are congested.

So, here’s a list of holidays for your planning.

Holidays in Vietnam, including Vietnamese and U.S.
The U.S. Embassy list of official holidays has been approved consistent with the provisions the Socialist Republic of Vietnam’s Labor Code (Article 73).

U.S. Government Federal Holidays
If you’re planning to meet with U.S. officials at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi or the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, these are the days when, by law, their offices are closed.

Federal law (5 U.S.C. 6103) establishes public holidays for Federal employees as listed on the link above.

Usually, when a federal holiday falls on a non-workday—Saturday or Sunday—the holiday is observed on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday).

AmCham Vietnam in HCM City office is closed on the following U.S. and Vietnamese holidays

Tu, Jan 1New Year’s Day (U.S. and VN)
Mo-Fr, Feb 11 – 15TET Lunar New Year Festival (VN)
Fr, Apr 19Hung Kings’ Festival Day (VN)
Tu Apr 30Reunification Day / Liberation Day (VN)
We, May 1International Labor Day (VN)
Th, Jul 4Independence Day (U.S.)
Mo, Sep 2National Foundation Day (VN)
We, Dec 25Christmas Day

Reference

Labour Code of Vietnam, draft revised Labour Code

SECTION III

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, PERSONAL LEAVES AND UNPAID LEAVES

Article 129. Public holidays (Old Article 73)

1. An employee shall be entitled to have fully paid days off on the following public holidays:

a) Calendar New Year Holiday: one day (the first day of January of each calendar year);

b) Lunar New Year Holidays: four days (the final day of the old Lunar year and the first three days of the new Lunar year);
(the Revised Labour Law, effective May 1, 2013, stipulates five days: the final day of the old Lunar Year and the first four days of the new Lunar Year.)

c) Victory Day: one day (the thirtieth day of April of each calendar year);

d) International Labor Day: one day (the first day of May of each calendar year);

dd) National Day: one day (the second day of September of each calendar year).

e) Commemorative Celebration of Vietnam’s Forefather – King Hung: one day (the 10th Day of the 3rd Month of the Lunar year)

2. A foreigner working in Vietnam shall, in addition to the public holidays stipulated in clause 1 of this Article, be entitled to 1 traditional public holiday and 1 National Day of his/her country, both fully paid.

3. Where a holiday referred to in clause 1 of this Article coincides with a weekly day off, the employee shall be entitled to take the following day off as compensation.

Additional background information: Public Holidays in Vietnam

Upcoming Events

Below are upcoming events. Click on the blue highlighted event name for an event description and Registration Online.

Mo-Tu, Jan 14-15Lower Mekong Initiative: Infrastructure Best Practices
Mo-Tu, Jan 14-15, 08:30 am – 17:00 pm
Hotel Melia, Hanoi
Mo, Jan 21Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2013 (U.S. Holiday)
 
We, Jan 23The Year Ahead: Summary & Outlook 2003 (CanCham Event)
We, Jan 23, 11:00 am – 14:00 pm
New World Hotel Saigon
Th, Jan 24Idea Foundry • Business Creation and Entrepreneur Acceleration for Vietnam
Th, Jan 24, 08:30 am – 10:15 am
Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon
Sa-Su, Feb 09-17TET Lunar New Year (VN Holiday)
Mo, Feb 18Washington’s Birthday (U.S. Holiday)
Su-Fr, Feb 24-Feb 28U.S. Chamber of Commerce Mission to Yangon and Naypyitaw, Myanmar
Su-Fr, Feb 24-Feb 28
Chatrium Hotel, 40 Natmauk Road, Tramwe Township – Yangon
Sa-Tu, Mar 02-05International Home + Housewares Show, Chicago, USA
Sa-Tu, Mar 02-05
McCormick Place, Chicago
Mo-Th, Mar 11-14VIFA 2013 Vietnam International Furniture & Home Accessories Fair
Mo-Th, Mar 11-14
Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center
Th-Fr, Mar 21-222013 APCAC Spring Conference: A 2020 Vision for U.S.-Asia Partnership
Th-Fr, Mar 21-22
Taipei, Taiwan
Th-Fr, Apr 8-9Asia Pacific Business Outlook, Los Angeles
Th-Fr, Apr 8-9
Davidson Conference Center, University of Southern California
Fr, Apr 19Hung Kings’ Festival Day 2013 (VN Holiday)