French cruise ship returns Vietnam after COVID-19 hiatus

Sunday, 09/10/2022 18:15
French-flagged cruise ship Le Lape'rouse with over 200 foreign holidaymakers aboard docked at Tien Sa port on October 9, becoming the first of its kind to visit the central coastal city of Da Nang after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reported Vietnam News Agency.
Le Lape'rouse ship docked at Tien Sa port (Da Nang). (Photo: VNA)

The passengers, mainly from Europe and the US, were presented with flowers and gifts by representatives of the municipal Department of Tourism at a welcome ceremony held at the port.

They are scheduled to visit tourist destinations in the city, and Hoi An ancient city in the neighbouring province of Quang Nam.

At the ceremony, Huynh Thi Huong Lan, deputy director of the municipal centre for tourism promotion, affirmed the city remains an attractive destination to international tourists.

The foreign holidaymakers aboard the cruise ship Le Lape'rouse. (Photo: VNA)

The local authorities will work with relevant agencies to promote the development of maritime tourism in the time to come, she stressed.

Le Lape'rouse is on a journey to explore the coast and famous landmarks of Vietnam, lasting between 8 and 11 days. This is a new programme for Asia of the five-star cruise ship.

Bamboo Airways expands fleet with new Airbus aircraft

A brand new Airbus A321NEO ACF landed at Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi on October 8, becoming the 30th plane of Bamboo Airways’ fleet, reported Vietnam News Agency.

It is the latest in Airbus' narrow-body A320 family, featuring the longest fuselage in its class and providing comfort for all passengers on board. (Photo: VNA) 

It is the latest in Airbus' narrow-body A320 family, featuring the longest fuselage in its class and providing comfort for all passengers on board. Bamboo Airways has changed the design of its passenger compartment by reducing the number of seats from 240 to 223.

With its new member, the carrier officially operates the maximum fleet approved by the government, with three wide-body airplanes of Boeing, 22 narrow-body aircraft of Airbus and five regional jets of Embraer.

Bamboo Airways Chairman Nguyen Ngoc Trong said the fleet expansion is a priority of the airline to expand its flight networks to countries in Europe, Australia, Northeast Asia, and the US.

Currently, Bamboo Airways operates a wide domestic flight network connecting with 21 out of 22 airports in Vietnam, and an international network with connection to key airports in Asia, Europe and Australia.

Since the beginning of 2022, during peak periods, its average occupancy rate has remained above 90% for both networks.

Agricultural sector strives to surpass targets

Rice fields in Vietnam (Photo: VNA)

The agricultural sector is aiming for a growth rate of 2.8-3% this year, higher than the growth of 2.5-2.8% assigned by the Government, Vietnam News Agency quoted figures of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

It is also striving to earn 55 billion USD from agro-forestry-aquatic product exports in 2022, 5 billion USD higher than the figure assigned by the Government.

In the first nine months, the export turnover of agro-forestry-aquatic products is estimated at 40.8 billion USD, up 15.2% year-on-year. Meanwhile, imports totalled 33.9 billion USD, up 5.7% year-on-year. This means the trade surplus mounted to 6.9 billion USD, doubling the same period last year.

To achieve the targets, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien said that the ministry will adjust production plans and the crop structure to suit domestic consumption and export demand, and focus on directing the development of concentrated production areas.

A strawberry growing model (Photo: VNA)

Efforts will be made to promote sustainable livestock development, ensure supply and stabilise food and pork prices to keep the consumer price index (CPI) within the allowable range, especially during the coming Lunar New Year, Tien said.

Along with closely monitoring the developments of climate and diseases on plants and livestock, the ministry will seek measures to boost production; remove difficulties in circulation, consumption and exports of agricultural products; and ensure sufficient supplies of food and foodstuffs.

To develop the consumption market for agricultural, forestry and aquatic products, the ministry will cooperate with the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to research, analyse and forecast market developments, opportunities and challenges; and consult the Prime Minister on countermeasures and scenarios to adapt to the supply and demand of agro-forestry-aquatic products in the world./.