Colosseum opens top levels

October 5, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

ROME,  5 October 2017: The highest level of Rome’s ancient Colosseum will be opened to the public for the first time in 40 years, 1 November, Italy’s culture minister said, Tuesday.

Seats on the fifth level of the amphitheatre were once reserved for ancient Roman society’s lowest commoner: the plebeian.

But the seats boasted a breathtaking view — not only of the gladiator battles far below, but of the heart of the empire. Read more

Visit Year to revive Lao tourism

June 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

VIENTIANE, 28 June 2017: Laos is preparing to launch its “Visit Laos Year 2018” to promote the tourism industry and revive interest in the country at a time when visits are declining.

Lao News Agency quoted Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism’s Tourism Marketing Department general director, Sounh Manivong, said the Visit Laos Year 2018 launch would take place this November to coincide with the That Luang festival.

Well-known celebrations in each province of Laos will be highlighted at the launch ceremony including the Blossom Festival in Bokeo, the Elephant Festival in Sayaboury, and the Lao New Year celebration in Luang Prabang. Read more

Cover up to enjoy Vietnam’s heritage

May 9, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 9 May 2017: Hanoi Relic Site Management Board says visitors will be banned from entering heritage sites if they dress inappropriately.

Local media quoted the board head, Nguyen Thi Hoa, saying visitors who wear unsuitable, or scanty revealing clothes, will be refused entry at temples and heritage attractions.

“The move was in response to Hanoi People’s Committee supposedly voluntary code on public behaviour.” Read more

India opens cultural centre in Hanoi

May 2, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 2 May 2017: The Indian Embassy in Vietnam opened  an Indian cultural centre in Hanoi, last week, to boost tourism between the countries.

Local media reported the Indian Cultural Centre will contribute to the promotion of heritage and values shared by both nations.

The facility will introduce Indian cultural features, such as dances and yoga, to Vietnamese people, and boost cultural exchange and tourism, according to Culture, Sports and Tourism deputy minister Le Khanh Hai. Read more

Funds for new heritage centre

May 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

CHAMPASAK, 2 May 2017: Champasak province in Laos plans to construct a new heritage conservation centre to preserve and present precious artifacts and cultural legacies in the southern provinces.

Vientiane Times reported the Heritage Department under the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism plans to construct a new centre supported USD1.5 million in funding from the Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation.

The project aims to improve display and store heritage items and create a modern centre for visitors to experience Vat Phou Champasak and its surrounds. Read more

Chiang Mai enjoys tourism boom

April 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 3 April 2017: Chiang Mai’s tourism market has undergone a transformation that is now tapping a new base of travellers seeking authentic Thai experiences.

Last year, over 4.6 million arrivals at the city’s international gateway thrust the destination into a new light, as the passenger volume only trailed Phuket in terms of provincial airports in the country.

According to C9 Hotelworks’ latest market research Chiang Mai Hotel Market Overview much of the growth has been fueled by rising low-cost carriers, with 5,346 flights from Greater China last year. Read more

HCMC develops cultural village

March 31, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 31 March 2017: Ho Chi Minh City authorities have decided to go ahead and build the Sai Gon Cultural and Tourism Village to attract more locals and foreign visitors.

Vietnam Net Bridges reported that city authorities have approved a plan to develop the attractions at a site in the Tan Thang Sports Complex and a residential area in Son Ky Ward of Tan Phu District.

Sai Gon Cultural and Tourism Village, will feature the cultural diversity of north, central and south Vietnam. Read more

Hanoi tunes Opera House events

February 16, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 16 February 2017: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has proposed two new tourism packages that showcase performances at the historical Opera House in a move to offer quality entertainment for visitors to the Vietnamese capital.

Local media reported the proposal complies with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s decision to organise regular shows for tourists at the venue.

Officials said Hanoi’s should be a capital of culture and quality entertainment that reflects the best of Vietnam’s heritage and arts. Read more

Danang promotes fine art

December 27, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

DANANG, 27 December 2016: Danang’s fine arts museum, the third fine arts museum in the country, opened, last week, to offer visitors glimpses of the central region’s culture.

Local media reported the museum was conceived and designed in 2014, while construction began a year later in May 2015 at the cost of UDS1.26 million.

It currently features 413 works of art, traditional handicraft products, and works of art by Danang’s art community.  Read more

Firework festival will light up Danang

December 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Events, News, Vietnam

DANANG, 8 December 2016: Billed as a signature event in central Vietnam, Danang International Fireworks Festival 2017 will take place 29 April to 24 June next year.

Local media reported officials confirmed the event would be themed “Shining Marble Mountains” with five programmes spread across fireworks nights every Saturday.

The programmes will be broadcast live on Vietnam’s national television. Read more

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