The 16th annual Routes Asia Development Forum 2022 will take place on June 6-8, 2022 in Danang, co-organized by the Danang People’s Committee, Danang Department of Tourism, IPP Travel Retail, a subsidiary of Imex Pan Pacific Group (IPPG) and Informa Routes. The event is expected to offer a platform for airlines, airports and tourism authorities to boost cooperative relationships, establish new routes and expand aviation networks, then driving international tourism and aviation activities while connecting Danang with regional and global air transport networks.
“Routes Asia 2022 is a great opportunity to promote the dynamic and hospitable nature of the city. Meanwhile, this event shall deliver increased international routes to Danang, facilitating the economic recovery, specifically on tourism industry. As being chosen as the host city of Routes Asia 2021, Danang continues to affirm its position as a Asia’s Leading Festival and Event destination, a dynamic aviation hub for tourism development in Vietnam and the region. “, said Mr. Nguyen Xuan Binh, Deputy Director of Danang Department of Tourism.
“Danang is a city that has experienced tremendous growth and possesses strong community strength. We aim to bring an international event, an opportunity to connect not only Danang but also neighboring provinces and cities to the world. Aviation and Tourism are two industries that have been contributing greatly to Danang’s economic development; therefore, the planning and development of flight routes is one of the most important tasks to restart and restore the city’s economy following the COVID-19 pandemic. This has motivated us to resolve to bring Routes Asia 2022 to Danang.” – Mr. Nguyen Phi Long, CEO of IPP Travel Retail stated.
Being held for the first time in 2003, Routes Asia is the only dedicated annual route development event for the Asia – Pacific region, uniting decision makers of the global air transport industry. Within the last few years, Routes Asia was held in
Kunming, China (2015), Manila, Philippines (2016), Okinawa, Japan (2017) and Brisbane, Australia (2018). The 2019 edition of the route development forum hosted in Cebu, Philippines welcomed more than 1000 delegates, 25 speakers from across 60 countries and 113 international leading airlines.
Source: Danang Department of Tourism
The Vietnamese Prime Minister has recently issued Decision No. 34/2021/QD-TTg on electronic identification and authentication based on the National Database on population, citizen identification and immigration. Of this, the level 2 of electronic identification account values the same legal as a citizen’s identification card.
The contest, co-organized by Danang Department of Tourism and HanaTour from 15 November to 15 December 2021, is open for all Koreans and residents in South Korea.
The First winner will win the 4-day-3-night all-inclusive trip to Danang, sponsored by HanaTour. The total value of all prizes is up to 90 million Vietnam Dong.
“Korea is the leading tourist market for Danang. In the period from 2013 – 2019, the Korean inbound market in Danang has grown 30 times and accounts for 55.4% of international tourists in Danang. “Danang in my heart” photo contest is the social media campaign to increase the destination awareness to Korean market and boost their need of travelling”, Mrs. Nguyen Thi Hoai An, Director of Danang Center for Tourism Promotion said.
Contest rules are simple: The participants share posts about Danang along with key hashtags includes #내마음의다낭 #dananginmyheart on their official Instagram account and gather “heart” (the liking expression) for their post as many as possible to win the prize.
The entry among top 26 most loved and having the best contest selected by the organizers will win Danang Fantastic Heart, including 300,000-won gift voucher and one 4-day-3-night all-inclusive trip to Danang by HanaTour.
Other entries in the top 26 most loved can win 05 Danang Heart Prizes or 20 Thank you Coupons.
Danang Heart includes 100,000-won gift voucher and 01 night stay with breakfast for 2 people in Furama Resort Danang.
Budget airline Vietjet has signed a $400-million agreement with British company Rolls Royce for aircraft engines for its wide-body fleet and engine servicing.
The signing ceremony on Sunday was witnessed by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, who is in the U.K. for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, according to a statement from the airline.
Rolls Royce Civil Aerospace’s chief customer officer, Ewen McDonald, said the company’s Trent 700 engine has the lowest lifetime fuel burn on its aircraft type, and has logged more than 60 million hours in service since its launch in 1995.
It is the only engine specifically designed for Vietjet’s wide-body aircraft, he said without naming the model.
The carrier’s managing director, Dinh Viet Phuong, said the new engines would improve flight range and quality and boost Vietjet aircraft’s technical reliability and operational efficiency.
Vietjet has a fleet of 90 single-aisle aircraft.
Rolls-Royce has more than 400 airlines and leasing customers and 160 armed forces and navies.
Vietjet, which began flying in 2011, also signed a $20-million reinsurance agreement with brokers Gallagher Co. and Willis Towers Watson Co. for its entire fleet, according to a separate statement it put out.
The festival will feature 128 films from 42 units, including 26 feature films, 56 documentaries, 15 scientific films, and 31 animated films. A number of side line events will be organized both in virtual and in-person forms.
This year’s event will present two new awards, one for a feature film with the best cinematography, and the other for outstanding debut by a director.
It has been 22 years that the Vietnam Film Festival returns to Hue city, after the 1999 edition. To date, all preparations have been completed.
Within the framework of the festival, together with programmes offering experience of Thua Thien-Hue’s green and safe tourism products, a gala show themed “Ao dai – Cinematography” will be organized.
Hue, which was the imperial capital of Vietnam for over 100 years, is home to five heritages recognized by UNESCO, which are the Hue ancient citadel relic complex – a World Cultural Heritage site; Nha Nhac (Hue royal court music)- an intangible cultural heritage item; Nguyen Dynasty’s wood blocks – a documentary heritage item; Nguyen Dynasty’s Chau ban (royal administrative documents) – part of the Asia-Pacific Register of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme; and literature on Hue royal architecture – a documentary heritage.
Oxford University’s college to be probably named after Vietnamese businesswoman who committed $211mn donation
Linacre College, a constituent college of the University of Oxford in the UK, is seeking permission to change its name to Thao College, after Vietnamese businesswoman Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao committed a £155 million (US$211 million) donation to the school.
“We are very pleased to be able to announce that we have signed a memorandum of understanding with Sovico Group, represented by their chairwoman Madam Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, to receive a philanthropy donation of a total of £155 million,” Linacre College announced on its website on Monday.
“This gift will have a transformative impact on Linacre College and we are immensely grateful for their generosity.”
On Sunday, Sovico Group’s chairwoman Thao and principal of Linacre College Nick Brown signed the MoU on mutual cooperation and investment in education research and development in Edinburgh, Scotland, the group said in a statement.
The MoU also mentioned the development of a college under the University of Oxford system and the establishment of a scholarship fund worth £7.5 million ($10.2 million) for students from Vietnam and other countries, the Vietnamese company added.
Linacre College’s website additionally stated that they are asking the Privy Council for permission to change the school name from Linacre College to Thao College in recognition of this landmark gift after receiving the first donation of £50 million.
Thao is known as the founder and chairwoman of Sovico Group, a shareholder of the first private airline in Vietnam, Vietjet Air, and vice-chairwoman of HDBank, a large commercial lender.
The businesswoman has an estimated net worth of $2.7 billion, according Forbes magazine.
She ranked 1,111th on the Forbes 2021 World’s Richest List.
Swimming is only allowed from 4:30 am to 6:30 pm at designated areas and residents are asked to keep a safe distance of at least one meter from each other.
Hotels and other accommodation facilities can only rent out no more than 30 percent of their rooms or up to 50 percent if all the guests are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 within six months.
The central city also allows outdoor physical and sport activities but a gathering of over 20 persons are prohibited, as well as meetings and training courses with no more than 20 participants in a room.
Other services such as amusement complexes, karaoke parlors, bars, night clubs, movie theaters, casinos, cultural festivals, sports tournaments, night markets, and pedestrian streets have yet to reopen.
All public agencies, organizations and businesses are requested to design operation plans that are pandemic adaptive and to install equipment to get visitors to scan
The Da Nang People’s Committee has recently issued Official Letter No. 6603/HD-UBND guiding citizens from other localities to enter Da Nang on the basis of compliance with a number of COVID-19 prevention and control measures from September 30.
Da Nang’s Son Tra Nature Reserve is now home to 515 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects. Meanwhile, a combined total of 442 the aforementioned species have been found at the Ba Na-Nui Chua Nature Reserve, and 205 species at the Nam Hai Van landscape protection area.
Most notably, 2 new species of animals, listed in Viet Nam’s red list of threatened species, have been recently found in the nature reserves of Son Tra and Ba Na – Nui Chua in the city.
Since 2015, forest protection staff in the city have made 93 records of administrative violations related to wildlife law enforcement and management.
The information was released by the Da Nang Forest Protection Department at a Thursday webinar on combating wildlife trafficking and the illegal consumption of wild animals and wildlife products.
The one-day event was hosted by the municipal Department of Natural Sources and the Environment, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Viet Nam, and the Vietnam Green Water Biodiversity Conservation Center (Green Viet).
Also at the event, the organizers launched an online photo exhibition entitled “Voices for Diversity” at https://baovedongvathoangda.org/. The event, running from September 30 – October 8, features close to 100 impressive wildlife photos and videos.
After the ‘stay-at-home’ order applied to Da Nang’s population has been lifted, many museums citywide have resumed their operations. Aside from tackling a huge backlog of work, museum staff have been busy cleaning artifacts and rearranging display spaces inside the museums in preparation for their further reopening as the COVID-19 pandemic has been brought under control in the city.
Artist Truong Nguyen Nguyen Kha, Head of the Professions Office at the Da Nang-based Fine Arts Museum, remarked that 4 security guards were assigned to stay at the museum for working under ‘3-on- the-spot’ (on-site production, on-site dining, on-site resting) approach during the social distancing period.
Meanwhile, work-at-home staff were responsible for using popular social networks to organize online exhibitions and virtual tours in an effort to help their audience access remotely these events during their closings.
“So far, all museum staff have returned to work. They have been focusing on checking the status of artifacts at storage warehouses and rearranging display spaces inside the museum in preparation for their further reopening” said Mr Kha.
From now until late 2021, the museum plans to host an exhibition entitled “Images of women in arts works by the late artist Le Cong Thanh” in the build up to the 91st founding anniversary of the Vietnam Women’s Union (October 20, 1930-2021), along with a gallery dedicated to a collection of comic paintings created by painter Vinh Khoa on the occasion of the Viet Nam Cultural Heritage Day (November 23).