At the opening ceremony, the "Hanoi Shopping Festival" was also launched and it will run until October 29 on Le Thai To Street, featuring various enticing experiential and shopping activities, alongside art performances and street music.
The "Golden Day with Shocking Prices" event is scheduled for November 11 and 12, with 50 golden points encompassing major supermarket systems and shopping centres, such as Mediamart, BRGmart, Big C, Nguyen Kim, Pico, and SaigonCo.opmart.
The final event of the promotional month, the "Hanoi Online Shopping Festival," will emphasise non-cash shopping through online promotional activities, involving e-commerce platforms and websites.
Customers shopping online via the Thangkhuyenmaihanoi.vn website can access more than 20,000 products with discounts of over 50%.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Director of the Hanoi Promotion Agency Bui Duy Quang emphasised that with careful preparations and promotional programmes throughout November, Hanoi Mega Sale 2023 was expected to serve as a special bridge to help businesses promote their brands, enabling consumers to access and purchase products and services at the most preferential prices of the year.
In turn, the event would contribute to the promotion of the economic development of the capital city and serve as a highlight to stimulate shopping demand at the end of the year, he added.
Hanoi Mega Sale 2023 is scheduled to run from October 27 to November 30.
Quy Nhon International Sailing and SUP Racing 2023 opens
The Quy Nhon International Sailing and Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) Racing 2023 opened in the central coastal province of Binh Dinh on October 28, attracting the participation of more than 100 domestic and foreign athletes.
The two-day race is part of the Formula 1 powerboat race F1H2O Grand Prix and Aquabike Grand Prix 2024 which will be held at Thi Nai Lagoon in Quy Nhon city at the beginning of the next year.
The event is accompanying the provincial project "Journey to Green the Sea" promoting the regeneration and development of coastal ecosystems and residential areas in Binh Dinh through activities such as planting trees and improving the landscape and environment to fight climate change, and popularising the waste-free-tourism plan.
A conference on solutions for marine economic development associated with world cultural and sport events are expected to be held this time with the participation of provincial leaders, economic experts and journalists.
It is hoped to create a foundation to promote the local tourism industry, thereby pushing tourism development and economic growth in the short, medium and long terms.
Hanoi honoured as Asia's best emerging culinary city
The capital city of Hanoi won the “Asia’s Best Emerging Culinary city 2023” title at the World Culinary Awards 2023 recently, according to Radio the Voice of Vietnam.
Hanoi surpassed strong rivals such as Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia, Kyoto of Japan, and Taipei of Taiwan (China) to win the prestigious title,.
Hanoi is widely viewed as a rising star on the culinary tourism map as three out of the nation’s first four Michelin-starred restaurants are located in the capital. The award continues to affirm the attraction of Hanoi cuisine to international tourists.
Upon addressing the award ceremony, Rina van Staden, director of the World Culinary Awards, emphasised that the winners are representatives of excellence in the culinary industry, all of which has helped to raise the industry's overall standards to even greater heights.
The World Travel Awards system was first launched back in 1994 with the aim of honouring excellent units and brands in the tourism industry.
This year saw Dubai named as the “World's Best Culinary Destination” and “Best Culinary Destination in the Middle East”.
France was voted “Best Culinary Destination in Europe”, with Paris being honoured as the “Best Culinary City Destination in the World”.
Peru was voted “Best Culinary Destination in Latin America” while Cape Town of South Africa was named as “Best Culinary City Destination in Africa”.
Elsewhere, Jamaica won “Best Culinary Destination in the Caribbean”, with Thailand claiming the title of “Best Culinary Destination in Asia”.
Vietnam welcomes over 1 million int'l visitors in fourth consecutive month
Vietnam welcomed 1.11 million international tourists in October, making the fourth consecutive month that the country has served more than 1 million foreign visitor, The Vietnam News Agency qouted the information of the Vietnam National Authority of Tourism (VNAT) under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST).
The total number of international visitors to the country in the first ten months of 2023 reached nearly 10 million, exceeding the target of 8 million for the whole year.
The Republic of Korea remained the biggest source of visitors to Vietnam with 2.9 million holidaymakers, followed by China. The two markets accounted for 42% of the total number of tourists to Vietnam. The US ranked third while Taiwan (China) and Japan ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.
In the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the top three markets were Thailand with 392,000 visitors, Malaysia with 372,000 tourists and Cambodia with 326,000 holidaymakers.
In Europe, three countries with the largest numbers of visitors to Vietnam were the UK, France and Germany.
VNAT attributed the higher-than-expected number of foreign tourist arrivals to Vietnam to efforts to develop new products, improve service quality and promotion activities.
The MoCST has adjusted the target of 8 million foreign tourists to 12 - 13 million for the whole 2023 to accelerate recovery and development of the tourism industry in an effective and sustainable manner.
VNAT has recently organised a tourism promotion programme within the framework of the Vietnam Cultural Tourism Promotion Festival in the RoK.
It was an annual event, reflecting the close cooperative relationship between the two countries, especially in the fields of tourism and culture. It offered an opportunity for Vietnam to introduce its traditional cultural identity and promote attractive destinations and tourism products to Korean tourists.
The programme created opportunities for Vietnamese and RoK investors and tourism businesses to meet, explore cooperation and business opportunities, and enhance two-way tourist exchanges./.