HCM City and the 13 provinces of the Mekong Delta region have agreed to establish a council to enhance their cooperation in tourism development. Delegates at a meeting to discuss tourism cooperation between HCMC and the Mekong Delta - At a meeting in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu today, November 20, as part of the Bac Lieu Culture-Tourism Week, Bac Lieu chairman Duong Thanh Trung said that the official ceremony to sign an agreement on the council’s establishment would be held in mid-December. Cao Xuan Thu Van, director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said the council will be responsible for studying and proposing policies and solutions to bolster tourism cooperation between HCMC and the 13 Mekong Delta provinces in the 2020-2021 period. The council will also handle obstacles to tourism development, which are beyond the jurisdiction of the local tourism departments. It set targets to upgrade existing tourism destinations in both … [Read more...] about Council established to boost HCM City, Mekong Delta tourism cooperation
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All 13 provinces in the Mekong Delta region are seeking investment in 128 culture, sports and tourism projects at an investment promotion conference today, September 4. A view of Cai Rang floating market, one of the tourist attractions in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho. All 13 provinces and cities in the region are seeking investment in 128 culture, sports and tourism projects - PHOTO: VNA Preferential policies to attract investors will be put in place. An Giang Province expects to raise funds for 24 projects, while the province of Bac Lieu will call for investment in 20 projects and Kien Giang will seek funding for 15 projects, according to the organizing board. Of the megaprojects, a mangrove eco park project in Ba Dong Sea in Tra Vinh Province is in need of over VND1.3 trillion, while an ecotourism zone project on the Tan Loc river islet in Can Tho City requires VND915 billion, and a shopping mall and entertainment complex project in An Giang is seeking VND900 billion … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s Mekong Delta seeks investment in tourism facilities
Video PlayerClose A joint cultural performance is staged to celebrate the China-Cambodia Culture and Tourism Year 2019 at the Diamond Island's Grand Theater, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, June 5, 2019. The event was also to greet the visit of 2,000 Chinese tourism envoys to Cambodia. (Xinhua/Mao Pengfei) PHNOM PENH, June 5 (Xinhua) -- A joint cultural performance was held here on Wednesday to celebrate the China-Cambodia Culture and Tourism Year 2019. Held at the Diamond Island's Grand Theater, the event was also to greet the visit of 2,000 Chinese tourism envoys to Cambodia. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the show, Cambodian Permanent Deputy Prime Minister and Cabinet Minister Bin Chhin said the performance was vital to further promote cultural and tourism exchanges between the two countries. He extended his warm welcome to the envoys for coming to Cambodia for leisure and business purposes and expressed his confidence that they would help promote Cambodian tourism potential to … [Read more...] about Joint cultural show held in Phnom Penh to celebrate China-Cambodia Culture and Tourism Year
Pope Francis on Thursday appealed for greater international commitment to protect women and children "who are violated and exposed to every form of exploitation, enslavement, violence and abuse." He called for ways to "uproot this evil and to provide ways to restore their dignity." "The future of our peoples is linked in large measure to the way we will ensure a dignified future to our children,'' he said. The pope is in Thailand as part of his weeklong trip to Asia, which will also take him to Japan. In a speech delivered at Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's Government House office, the pontiff also praised the Thai government's efforts to fight human trafficking. Still, the United Nations considers Thailand a key trafficking destination as well as a source of forced labor and sex slaves, who are trafficked at home or abroad. While the US State Department has faulted Thailand for failing to fully crack down on traffickers, the Thai government insists it … [Read more...] about Pope in Thailand urges action against sex tourism
In the echoey theatre of modern political gesture, welfare has recently had one of its periodic stagings. A minister has honed his ideological credentials; columnists have extracted culture war content; tabloid journalists have parroted shamelessly grossed-up figures and patrolled Bondi beach for dole bludgers. Yet for once it was worth cocking an ear. For if the world of employment is facing upheaval, then so is its counterpart of unemployment. And if the future of work is, as many argue, increasingly flexible, casual, various and scarce, it’s arguable that those short of it will steadily face exacerbated economic risk. What might a welfare system of the future look like? What is the potential of ideas such as a universal basic income or a negative income tax, long discussed by economists, mostly beyond the ken of politicians? Despite its regular depiction as a peeler of lotuses for layabouts, Australians have reasons to be proud of their social safety net. Australia’s … [Read more...] about Basic income for all: a 500-year-old idea whose time has come?