China, US account for over 50% of exports of Vietnamese tra fish. (Photo: VNA)

Specifically, the two markets accounted for more than 50% of the total export value of local tra fish to 133 foreign markets.

Despite making up a significant proportion in terms of the export structure, Vietnam’s tra fish exports to the US market have yet to recover due to the adverse impacts caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Furthermore, since the end of September and early October, pangasius exports to China (Hong Kong) have enjoyed a rebound, with the majority of demand being centred around large-sized pangasius.

By the end of September pangasius exports to ASEAN, the nation’s third largest export market, had recorded a drop of 30.3% to USD102.8 million, of which export value to three major markets within the region, including Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia, endured a decline of 27.4%, 1.4%, and 25.8%, respectively.

Throughout the nine-month period pangasius exports to the EU market experienced a downward trajectory, with the total export value to the fastidious market recording a drop of 33.8% to US$98.4 million.

In terms of EU importers, the Netherlands and Belgium saw a sharp fall of 27.7%, while exports to Germany and Spain decreased by 35.4% and 17.2%, respectively, in comparison with the same period from last year.

Most notably, pangasius exports to the UK market enjoyed a surge of 68.4% to USD4.8 million in September alone, with the total export value to the market during the reviewed period seeing an annual rise of 27% to USD30.78 million.

This rise means that the UK is the only location among the top 10 largest export markets of Vietnamese Tra fish to successfully maintain positive growth.

Additional 14 hotels in HCM City chosen as isolation sites

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has approved an additional 14 hotels in District 1, 7 and Phu Nhuan, as isolation sites to meet the increasing demand of isolation with paying fees.

Photo for illustration. (Source: VNA)

So far, the southern city has 22 hotels serving as central medical isolation sites with fees and two hotels serving as isolation sites for the crew.

The 14 hotels that received the authority’s approval include: Huong Sen 3, Alagon City, AEM Signature, Blue Diamond (two branches at 11 Thai Van Lung and 48-50 Thu Khoa Huan, Riverside, Sky Gem Central, Viet Lotus Boutique, AEM, Cititel Parkview Saigon, Saigon Hanoi, Sunshine, Sabina, and Muong Thanh Luxury Saigon.

Earlier, in July, the city People’s Committee selected 8 hotels as isolation sites in District 1, 3, 5, 7 and Tan Binh, including: Holiday Inn, IBIS Saigon Airport, Bat Dat, Des Arts Saigon, Le Meridien Saigon, IBIS Saigon South, De Nhat and Norfolk.

According to a Decision recently approved by Deputy Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem, the hotels will be directly managed by the city Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control and must strictly abide by instructions of the Department of Health and People’s Committees of districts./.

Central city targets Singaporean tourist market after pandemic

Cau Vang (Golden bridge) - an attractive tourism destination in Da Nang (Photo:

The central city of Da Nang, in coordination with the Vietnamese Trade Office in Singapore, has held an online seminar to introduce potential for tourism development and tourist products of the city to the Singaporean market, according to Vietnam News Agency.

The event, taking place on October 19, simultaneously connected participants in Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia.

During the seminar, representatives from Da Nang’s Tourism Department briefed on the results of COVID-19 control work in Da Nang, highlighting Vietnam’s capacity in disease response and control in the “new normal” situation.

They announced the city’s policies designed to spur sustainable development of tourism after the pandemic.

Da Nang tourism businesses presented their strengths and adaptability measures to promote post-pandemic recovery.

Head of the Vietnamese Trade Office in Singapore Tran Thu Quynh said the office will continue to help promote Da Nang’s tourism destinations in Singapore by arranging for the city to publish information on its tourism products on Singaporean magazines.

To support Da Nang’s tourism sector in addressing difficulties caused by the pandemic, the municipal Department of Tourism has maintained and expanded connection with international markets through virtual meetings and conferences./.