IATA Director General proposes visa waivers, e-freight for Vietnam

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Tyler identified the implementation of IATA’s Fast Travel program and the easing of visa requirements as key factors to improve passenger experience in Vietnam.

“Every tourist that decides to take a holiday in a neighboring country because of Vietnam’s visa process is a lost economic opportunity. Easing visa requirements can boost tourism,” he said.

He encouraged Vietnam to implement the six Fast Travel initiatives, including self check-in, self-bag tagging, electronic document kiosks, flight rebooking, self-boarding and bag recovery. Read more

Vietnam’s longest festival: pilgrimage to the Perfume Pagoda

VN_Chua_Huong1_tango7174Starting on the sixth day of the 1st lunar month, which falls on February 5, the Perfume Pagoda Festival is celebrated for three months, from the first to third lunar month of each year.

The Perfume Pagoda festival is considered the greatest Buddhist festival in the North of Viet Nam, playing an important role in the spiritual life of Vietnamese people and Vietnamese Buddhists in particular.



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National Geographic’s Best Winter Trips 2014: Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

phu-quoc-vietnam_74143_600x450Some of Vietnam’s best beaches are on heart-shaped Phu Quoc island. Located in the Gulf of Thailand just off the Cambodian coast, what’s bringing international travelers and, so far, restrained development to Phu Quoc today are its warm, turquoise waters; secluded, deep sand beaches; and lush, mountainous interior (protected as a national park). Read more

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Discover Burmese treasures along the Irrawaddy River on the boutique Paukan 2007.

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  • 8-DAY cruise is departing on 22.11.2013 / 23.01.2014 / 09.03.2014 with an entry price of USD 3,336 per person (Superior Twin/Double sharing)

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Vietnam’s Airline Industry Takes Off

VNAirlines Boeing 787Over the next year Vietnam should become the world’s third-fastest growing market for international passengers and freight. It will also be the second-fastest growing market for domestic passengers. Martin Craig, PATA CEO, explains: “This massive increase in intra-Asian tourism and air travel is driven by the fact that many more people are going into the ‘middle-class’ status with discretionary income and one of the first things they want to spend their spare cash is on going overseas.”

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DPEP Dau Giay – Phan Thiet Expressway Project (HCM City – Phan Thiet)


Proposed to be developed on a new alignment as a 4-lane expressway of length 98.7 km, the DPEP is the first PPP project being undertaken in the toll road sector in Vietnam.

The DPEP is proposed to be developed through the DBFOT model. The concession period proposed for the project is 30 years.

The MOT intends to award the concession for the development of the DPEP to a group of entities. The MOT has identified M/s Binh Minh Import-Export Production and Trade Company Ltd. (BITEXCO) as the first investor in the DPEP.

The MOT now intends to select the second investor for the project through an international competitive bidding process. The investors shall incorporate a project enterprise in Vietnam for the implementation of the project.

The estimated capital investment in the DPEP is $757 million. Read more

Letter from Ministry of Foreign Affairs re Visa Waiver, Apr 25, 2013

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… all laws, regulations, judicial decisions would be published to ensure the transparency requirements.






No. 411/CH – LS – PL

Hanoi, April 25th, 2013

To:                   .American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam
New World Hotel Saigon, 76 Le Lai Street
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Re: The response of Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the unilateral visa exemption policy of Vietnam

We received your letter on April 5th, 2013 regarding the unilateral visa exemption policy of Vietnam. On behalf of Consular Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I would like to response as following:

  • The unilateral visa exemption policy of Vietnam has issued by our basis of considering the effectives of this policy as well as political, security, economic.
  • The Vietnamese government did not committ the unilateral visa exemption policy during the accession of WTO or negotiation of any multilateral trade agreements (For instant TPP, free trade agreements ASEAN, Australia, New Zealand, services trade agreements ASEAN – India), and no-country has that commitment. As such, all law, regulation, judicial decision would be published to ensure the transparency requirements.

The Consular Deparment of Ministry of Foreing Affairs would like to send our regards to you.


Mr. Ly Quoc Tuan
Deputy Department Director
Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Ho Tram resort facing delay; MGM Resorts International withdraws

The $4.2 billion Ho Tram Strip integrated resort is facing a delay in its opening due to the pull-out of its first resort’s operator and financing problem.

Its developer – Asian Coast Development (Canada) Limited (ACDL) – last week announced that MGM Resorts International (MGM) would no longer be able to manage the first of the Ho Tram Strip’s five resorts in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province. The two sides did not revealed reasons for the termination of the agreement which MGM entered into five years ago to provide pre-opening services and to manage the first 1,100 room resort under the MGM Grand Ho Tram Beach brand. Read more