News in brief: September 22, 2017

The Northwestern Community-based Tourism Village Festival 2017 will take place from October 6-8 in Mai Chau district, Hoa Binh province, featuring a variety of special cultural and sporting activities in the promotion of the traditional values of the ethnic groups in the northwestern region. The festival also aims to improve professionalism in community tourism in the northwestern region and the whole country.

The Vietnam futsal team will compete with Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar and Brunei in Group A of the Southeast Asia Futsal Championship - HDBank 2017, co-hosted by Radio The Voice of Vietnam and Vietnam Football Federation, in Ho Chi Minh City, from October 26 to November 2. Group B will feature Thailand, Malaysia, Laos and Timor Leste. The four best teams will qualify for the finals of the Asian Football Confederation Futsal Championship in Chinese Taipei February 2018.

A short film contest entitled “For a Green Future" was launched on September 21 by Times Media Company and Vietnam Television, for filmmaking on the theme of protecting the environment and initiatives to save energy. The contest is open to all citizens aged from 15, regardless of their nationality and location, and the entries must be 3-5 minutes long. The deadline for submissions begins on September 21 and ends on December 20, 2017. The closing ceremony and awards presentation is scheduled on December 29 with the total value of the prize up to over VND100 million.

Low-cost carrier VietJet Air has announced its new promotion programme for the Mid-Autumn Festival, offering 55,000 tickets from VND0 (not including taxes and fees). Tickets are available from September 22-24 and from September 28 to October 1, between 12pm and 2pm each day, and is applicable on the international flights between Ho Chi Minh City/Hanoi to Kaohsiung, Taipei, Taichung, and Tainan (Chinese Taipei) with departure between October 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018 (except holidays).

Vietnam Mountain Marathon (VMM) 2017 kicks start in Sa Pa, Lao Cai, on September 22, gathering 2,500 runners from 50 countries and territories to compete in the 10km, 21km, 42km, 70km and 100km events through the highest mountains in Vietnam. The three-day event is the largest of its kind since its inception by Topas Travel Company in 2013. This year, over US$35,000 collected from the VMM will be donated to local projects in Sa Pa and to Newborns Vietnam with the goal of improving the lives for newborns.

News in brief: September 20, 2017

The domestic retail price of RON 92 petrol increased by VND319 to VND18,111 per litre, as of 3pm on September 20. The price of E5 bio-fuel also rose by VND297 to VND17,836 per litre. The prices of diesel and kerosene were up by VND491 and VND568 per litre, standing at VND14,441 and VND13,115, respectively.

Vietnam Airlines will launch the Hanoi-Tuy Hoa air route starting from October 1, with four flights per week on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The flights depart from Hanoi at 11.30am and leave Tuy Hoa at 1.50pm.

News in brief: September 18, 2017

The Vietnam Television International Cycling Tournament - Ton Hoa Sen Cup 2017 wrapped up on September 17 with its final lap stretching 147km from Bao Loc (Lam Dong province) to Ho Chi Minh City. Jiung Jang, from the Korail Cycle Team of the Republic of Korea, won the final yellow jersey with the best time of 39:04.46, while the green jersey went to Le Van Duan from Vietnam USA Society English - HCM City Team as the best sprinter with 206 points. The 14-stage tournament kicked off in Hanoi on September 2 with 84 cyclists from 12 teams competing.

Ba Be - Bac Kan Tourism Week 2017 will officially open on October 18 in Po Lu village, Nam Mau commune, Ba Be district of the northern province of Bac Kan, featuring a range of cultural, sporting and tourist activities. The event aims to introduce and promote the ecotourism potential and traditional cultural values of Ba Be district and Bac Kan province to both domestic and international visitors.

Vietnam's leading violinist Bui Cong Duy will take the stage during the "Beethoven Night" event, scheduled at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on September 19, presenting Beethoven's treasures to Vietnamese audiences. The conductor for the event will be Spanish talent David Gomez Ramirez.

The Hoi An International Marathon 2017 took place in Hoi An ancient town in Quang Nam province, on September 17, attracting the participation of nearly 1,500 athletes from all over the world, competing in 5km, 10km and 42km range categories. The event was held for the first time in the UNESCO-recognised heritage by Thai Index Creative Village Company and Hoi An authorities in order to promote both local sport and tourism.

Vietjet has begun selling tickets priced from VND199,000 (excluding taxes and fees) on the route connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, which will be put into operation as of November 24, 2017. The route will be operated as a daily round trip, with a flight time of 45 minutes per leg, departing from HCMC at 17:35 (local time) and arriving in Phnom Penh at 18:20 (local time). The return flight takes off in Phnom Penh at 19:30 and arrives in HCMC at 20:15.

A flight connecting Hanoi and Nanchang, the capital of east China's Jiangxi province, departed on September 17, launching the first direct air route between the two localities. Run by Chinese low cost carrier Lucky Air, the flight will operate every Wednesday and Sunday, helping shorten the travel time between the two cities to three hours from six hours previously.

News in brief: September 17, 2017

The Vietnam Food Association (VFA) revised the goal of rice export to 5.6 million tonnes this year from the 5.2 million tonnes set in July thanks to a strong rise in contracts signed during August, and positive signs of the market. In the first eight months this year, the country exported more than 3.8 million tonnes of rice with free on board (FOB) value of US$1.66 billion, up 17.7% in volume and 16.6% in value, respectively, on a yearly basis.

The first national festival of Dao ethnic culture will take place in the northern mountainous province of TuyenQuang on September 29 and 30. Dao ethnic communities from 12 provinces and cities will gather at the event. The festival is set to showcase Dao music, costumes and ritual ceremonies, food, and sports, with photo exhibitions and seminars. One of the 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups, the Dao community has an estimated population of 750,000.

News in brief: September 12, 2017

On September 11, Vietnam National Petroleum Group (Petrolimex) announced that from January 1 next year, the group will launch bio-fuel E5 Ron 92 gasoline on its trading system, entirely replacing the old Ron 92 gasoline nationwide. Accounting for over 50% of Vietnam’s gasoline market, Petrolimex encourages its latter companies to carry out the conversion earlier than the above mentioned time, while developing specific a conversion plan for the E5 Ron 92 gasoline replacement in order to suit the facility's technical conditions and market demand.

The Cotton Day 2017, the first of its kind in Vietnam, opened in Ho Chi Minh City on September 12, featuring a seminar to discuss Vietnam-US relations, Vietnam’s garment-textile industry and the impacts from the US trade policy and purchase trends, in addition to a fashion show. The event was jointly organised by the Vietnam Cotton and Spinning Association, the Vietnam Textile and Garment Association and the US Cotton Council International in order to connect Vietnamese firms in the industry for sustainable partnerships and development.

Leather and footwear exports in the first eight months topped US$9.64 billion, an annual increase of 12.2%, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Vietnam’s leather and footwear products were exported to 100 countries, with the US, EU, Japan, China, and the Republic of Korea being the main buyers.

Vietnam will host the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) in late 2017 for the first time, which has excited local fans. According to the organiser, the Republic of Korea’s CJ E&M, the MAMA Week will start at Hoa Binh Theatre in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City on November 25, before continuing at the Yokohama Arena in Japan on November 29 and W Hotel in Hong Kong (China) on November 30. The Asia World-Expo Arena will be held in Hong Kong on December 1.

Vietnam beat Indonesia 3-0 in a Group B match of the 2017 ASEAN Football Federation U18 Championship held in Myanmar, on September 11. With this third win Vietnam’s U18 football team has nine points, consolidating top spot in Group B thanks to having a better goal difference than Indonesia. In their match with the hosts Myanmar two days later, Vietnam will need just a draw to enter the semi-finals of the regional tourney.