Vietnam’s ancient Hoi An city launches tourism promotions

Published on : Tuesday, May 26, 2015

images (2)Vietnam’s ancient city of Hoi An has launched a variety of tourism promotions between May and August, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported officials at the city’s Culture and Sport Centre as saying.


Promotions include a free ticket when a group of 15 tourists book a visit to the old quarter in Hoi An, while a five-member group staying at a home-stay or hotel in Hoi An will be awarded one ticket to visit the old quarter.
According to the centre, restaurants and tailors will also offer promotions of 10 to 20 per cent discounts, while hotels and resorts offer 10 to 40 per cent discounts for tourists during the three-month promotion.


Additionally, groups of 10 to 13 tourists booking a tour and staying on Cham Island on Saturday, 18km off the coast of Hoi An beach, will receive three free tickets to explore the World Biosphere reserve on the island.


Also, a series of cultural programmes will be organised in July in celebration of summer holidays, including the Friday Street Food Festival at Dong Hiep night market, the Hoi An Carpentry Crafts Day, the beach tourism Day on Cham Island, lantern releasing in the Hoai River and Wedding Photos at Hoi An exhibition.

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) said it will work in partnership with the Nepal government and other agencies to revive Nepalese tourism industry, which has been badly shattered by recent earthquakes.

PATA in a statement in Kathmandu today said the international travel-tourism association would take the initiative to help and support the Nepalese tourism industry’s attempts to bounce back after the earthquake.

PATA in partnership with Nepalese government and other agencies would prepare a recovery plan with clear guidelines and action plan by mid-June, for which some PATA experts would be directly involved, it said.

PATA vice president Andrew Jones and crisis management expert Bert Van Walbeek, who have a long experience on crisis management and have helped countries like the Philippines, Thailand, Bali, Sri Lanka to cope with natural calamities and after war effects, are currently in Nepal to help revive tourism industry especially after the April 25 earthquake.

An interaction between PATA authorities and Nepalese tourism entrepreneurs was held in Kathmandu Monday seeking to discuss a joint action plan for the revival of the Nepalese tourism industry that nosedived after the earthquake.

In the interaction, Jones assured PATA would mobilise its network to help Nepal while Walbeek presented various innovative ideas for the recovery tourism industry in Nepal.

In response, Nepalese tourism secretary Suresh Man Shrestha said Nepal in collaboration with PATA would prepare short-term, mid-term and long-term action plan for the recovery of Nepalese tourism sector.

Tourism business has slackened as almost all tourists have cancelled the hotel and air ticket bookings and those who were already here have also left Nepal cutting short their trip immediately after the earthquake.

However, almost 40 per cent hotel rooms are occupied mostly by those who have come to Nepal for relief works, according to Hotel Association of Nepal.

Hotels, airlines and other tourism related organisations have announced special offers to bring the tourism business back to normal.

An earthquake measuring 7.9 hit Nepal April 25 which killed more than 8,600 people and damaged property worth billions of dollars.

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