Fighting fake news in the time of COVID-19
In our digital age, an overabundance of infodemics carrying inaccurate and even misleading information spread like wildfire, causing fuels skepticism and distrust, which may stir up fear and anxiety amongst residents, as well as adversely affect pandemic prevention and control duties. Therefore, we need to stay awake so as to combat the spread of misinformation when scrolling through social media.
How to safely shop at markets amid COVID-19 wave
The Da Nang Department of Industry has released plans for the resumption of business activities at wet markets across the city after 8:00am on September 5 when the 10-day extension of the ‘stay-at-home’ order applied to the entire population expires. Below are some key measures to block your exposure to the virus during shopping trips amid the complex developments of COVID-19 in the city.
Project of Hue – Da Nang steam trains for tourists to be approved
Recently, the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport has approved a project of using steam-locomotive trains on the Hue – Da Nang Railway, a part of the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh route, for tourism purposes.
The project will be jointly carried out by Vietnam Railways (VNR) and Indochina Rail Tourist Service Co., Ltd.
The developers need to complete the necessary infrastructures such as swing bridges or standard fire hydrants to enable the operation of the steam locomotive.
Investing VND 81billion in total, the Indochina Rail Co., Ltd has to pay for the railway section use and return the infrastructure when required by the Ministry. On the other hand, VNR will manage transportation services and operating charts.
Steam trains were no longer used in Vietnam in the 1990s and replaced by diesel-driven ones.
Operating through Hai Van Pass – one of the most beautiful passes in Vietnam, the new steam trains include VIP wagons, restaurants, kitchen, wagons for sightseeing, promisingly attracting more tourists from Lang Co (Hue) to Danang.
The steam train operation will not affect passenger and freight transportation on the North-South railway route.
Vietnamese tourist hotpots in contention for 2021 World Travel Awards
Da Nang, Hue, Hoi An and Hanoi, famed Vietnamese tourism havens, have been nominated in different categories at the 2021 World Travel Awards for Asia.
Hoi An ancient town, which used to be a busy international commercial port from the 16th to 19th centuries, and Hue, the seat of Vietnam’s last ruling Nguyen Dynasty, are among six nominees for Asia’s leading cultural city destination.
This Vietnamese tourist towns will compete with Beijing, Kyoto, Delhi and Seoul for the title.
The central city of Da Nang, famous for its signature international fireworks festival, got a nomination for Asia’s leading festival and event destination along with Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Seoul, Shanghai and Singapore.
Vietnam also received nominations as Asia’s leading destination in terms of heritage, nature and sustainable tourism.
The winners will be determined by votes from travelers around the world on the World Travel Awards website.
The awards ceremony for Asia will take place on Oct. 6 in Dubai.
World Travel Awards was first launched in 1993 to acknowledge excellence in the travel and tourism industry. The awards are handed out based on votes by the public and travel professionals across the globe.