The National Committee for Traffic Safety has presented 4,000 motorcycle helmets specially designed for married women of the Thai ethnic group who have the practice of pulling their hair into a bun on top of their heads, which makes it impossible for them to wear conventional helmets.
The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has purchased five bicycles and encouraged its staff who live within a short distance from its office to cycle to work instead of using motorbikes or cars, following a city-wide call for civil servants to walk to work to reduce traffic congestion and environmental pollution.
Hanoi strives to welcome 23.61 million visitors in 2017, an increase of 8% year-on-year, including 4.3 million foreigners. This was set under a People’s Committee–approved plan to develop the city’s tourism sector in 2017, which also aims to earn VND 66.6 trillion from tourism this year.
Two steel-hulled fishing vessels, each worth more than VND15 billion (US$660,000) built by the Vietnam Fishery Mechanical Shipbuilding Company have been transferred to two fishermen in the central province of Ha Tinh, assisting them to catch seafood in fishing grounds far from the coast and facilitating them to remain out at sea for a longer period of time.
An old book festival is scheduled to take place at Van (Literature) Lake, the Temple of Literature, 58 Quoc Tu Giam Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi from February 23-25, offering various genres of books covering almost fields. Visitors to the festival also have a change to buy old books at the same price of VND10,000-20,000 offered by the Hanoi Old Book Association. An exhibition on the Temple of Literature and cultural figures related to the relic site will also be held.
Jujitsu Hanoi team has won one gold and one bronze medals at the ongoing 2017 Thailand Jujitsu Open Champs. Le Trong Hoang brought home gold in men’s 69kg class, while Le Dinh Tien won a bronze in the men’s 62kg category.
Low-cost carrier VietJet Air has announced a new promotion for domestic flights from March 15 to December 31 with ticket fares ranging from VND5,000 only. Accordingly, from 12pm-2pm each day from February 22-24, VietJet will sell 1 million cheap tickets via its website at www.vietjetair.com and https://m.vietjetair.com and its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vietjetvietnam.
Ha Long–Quang Ninh Tourism Week 2017 will officially open in late April to help promote the northern province of Quang Ninh’s Ha Long City and its strengths in tourism, culture and trade. The week will feature nine key cultural and sporting programmes, plus eighteen responding events stretching from mid-March to mid-May in many locales across Quang Ninh.
Margrethe Maersk, a Triple-E container ship which is the world’s biggest, docked at Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT) on February 20. With the arrival of Margrethe Maersk, CMIT, located downstream Cai Mep River of the southern province of Ba Ria–Vung Tau, is the first port in Vietnam and the nineteenth in the world to be able to handle an 18,300-TEU Triple-E vessel. Margrethe Maersk, built by Danish container shipping company Maersk Line, is 399.2m long and 59m wide and has a deadweight tonnage of 194,000.
Tay Ninh Province has approved in principle the development of a fruit and vegetable processing factory in the locale expected to cost about US$22 million. Financed by Lavifood JSC, the factory will cover 150,000m2 in Go Dau District. Construction will commence in March and completion is slated for October.
The total revenue from sales and services of the Vietnam National Petroleum Group – Petrolimex reached over VND123 trillion, including nearly VND118 trillion from sales and over VND4.4 trillion from providing services. Total capital of the corporation was more than VND54.238 trillion at the end of 2016.
The northern province of Thai Binh and the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation have jointly kicked off the AgResults project on sustainable rice production and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Vietnam. The project is only being deployed in Thai Binh until 2021, aiming to create a platform for testing and scaling up technologies and innovative approaches to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from rice production, contributing to increasing productivity and incomes for local farmers.
The southern province of Tien Giang and the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) have signed a cooperation agreement on the deployment to turn Tien Giang’s My Tho City into a smart city by 2020. Under the framework of the cooperation, VNPT will help Tien Giang develop an overall framework for urban architecture that includes architectural smart technology and ICT frameworks for My Tho.
The movie Cha cong con (Father and Son) by director Luong Dinh Dung has been selected to be presented at the 15th Boston International Film Festival in the US from April 13-17. It will compete with many other foreign films from among 3,281 submitted to win prizes in 17 categories.
National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) has officially opened its specialised website (microsite) providing information on its 4-star service at http://4star.vietnamairlines.com, bringing opportunities for customers to enjoy direct flights with outstanding service by VNA.