|List of 13 international airports accepting e-visa announced - Photo for illustration
They consist of Noi Bai, Cat Bi, Van Don, Tho Xuan, Dong Hoi, Phu Bai, Phu Cat, Da Nang, Cam Ranh, Tan Son Nhat, Lien Khuong, Can Tho, and Phu Quoc airports.
According to the CAAV, the list was published after the Government had issued a resolution applying electronic visas for citizens of various countries and territories.
The Government has also extended the temporary residence period from 15 days to 45 days for citizens of 13 countries (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK, Russia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Belarus), who are unilaterally exempted from visas. They are granted a temporary stay of 45 days from the date of entry, regardless of the passport types or purposes of entry, as long as they meet the conditions specified by Vietnamese law.
Cashew nut exports projected to enjoy robust growth in subsequent months
The initial seven months of the year saw cashew nut exports reach 334,870 tonnes, bringing in more than US$1.94 billion, up 13.3% in volume and 9.7% in value over the same period from last year, Radio the Voice of Vietnam qouted preliminary statistics of the General Department of Customs.
July alone witnessed Vietnamese cashew exports hit 54,675 tonnes worth more than US$304.3 million, a drop of 7.5% in volume and 10.2% in turnover compared to the previous month.
|Cashew nut exports projected to enjoy robust growth in subsequent months (Photo: danviet.vn)
The average export price during the reviewed period stood at US$5,805 per tonne, down 3% on-year. Cashew nuts were one of the agricultural products with export value at over US$1 billion during the seven-month period.
Regarding markets, the United States represented the largest import market of Vietnamese cashew nuts. Specifically, cashew nut exports to the US in July reached 14,385 tonnes with a turnover of more than US$79.5 million.
Throughout the reviewed period, cashew nut exports to the US hit 88,903 tonnes valued at more than US$512 million, up 0.7% in volume and 0.32% in value over the same period from 2022.
According to information given by the Import-Export Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, during the opening months of the year, the weakening economy, high inflation, and continued conflict between Russia and Ukraine caused the majority of the world's major economies to reduce cashew nut imports. This thereby had a negative effect on the global cashew industry in general, including Vietnam.
Moving forward, it is forecast that in the short term the global cashew industry will still be negatively hit amid demand for cashew nuts used as snacks or for cooking and desserts decreasing due to growing consumer inflation.
In the long term, when inflation is brought under control and the global economy recovers, the demand for cashew nut consumption will increase again.
According to Reuters, global demand for cashew nuts reached US$9.94 billion in 2018 and is expected to hit US$13.48 billion in 2024, with an average growth rate of 5.2% in the 2018 to 2024 period.
|Cashew processed for export (Photo: baochinhphu.vn)
This is based on the following factors such as growing market demand for healthy snacks, including growing demand from the EU, the US, China, and the rise of large processing facilities in Africa.
Vietnamese cashew nut exports are anticipated to increase in the third quarter of the year thanks to the cyclical factor coupled with the increasing demand for imports from the US and EU.
Currently, domestic factories have signed many new orders and the demand for this item has begun to increase again.
Improving quality, diversifying products, and making good use of opportunities from major markets will contribute to helping the cashew industry continue to grow and make breakthrough in the time to come.
Investment in deep processing and product diversification is an advantage for Vietnamese cashew nuts to easily compete for exports. Typically, Hanfimex Group Joint Stock Company always achieve export orders to export to demanding markets thanks to their delicious and high-quality products. This is also the right direction for local businesses to move towards.
K-pop rapper Jessi to give first performance in Vietnam
K-pop rapper Jessi is set to perform for fans in Hanoi on August 31, Radio the Voice of Vietnam qouted the announcement of the organisers of the music gala Happy Bee 13.
Jessi is an American rapper, singer, and entertainer who was born in New York in the US before moving to the Republic of Korea (RoK) at the age of 15.
She originally debuted in the RoK in 2005 and was temporarily part of the hip hop group Uptown in 2006.
|K-pop rapper Jessi will perform in Hanoi on August 31. (Photo: Thanhnien.vn)
Several of her solo and collaborative singles have been commercially successful, including five Top 10 entries in the Gaon Digital Chart such as her highest-charting solo single "Nunu Nana" and the chart-topping single "Don't Touch Me" as part of the Refund Sisters.
Jessi is a prominent presence in Korean variety programmes, having achieved mainstream popularity as part of the first season of the Mnet hip hop competition show Unpretty Rapstar, where she finished in second place.
She released her first ever solo rap single "Ssenunni" on September 15, 2015. In 2017, Jessi released another rap single, "Gucci" from her first mini-album. In 2021, she released a new digital single titled "What Type of X".
Jessi's Instagram now had 13.4 million followers.
The K-pop star will join with Vietnamese artists including rapper Đen, Màu nước Band, rapper Pháo, and singer Hoang Dung for the music gala Happy Bee 13 to be held in Hanoi on August 31.
Int’l media suggests three-day voyage through heavenly beachscapes in Phu Quoc
Bored Panda, one of the world’s leading art and pop culture magazines, has published an article unveiling a three-day voyage through some of the heavenly beachscapes found on Phu Quoc, with the island bieng considered a paradise that seems to have been crafted by the divine hands of nature itself, said Radio the Voice of Vietnam.
“Through this 3-day voyage, Phu Quoc’s allure revealed itself, offering a blend of tranquility and discovery that resonated with my heart. From the allure of Kem Beach to the serene charm of Sao Beach and the thrill of Hon Thom, each moment wove a narrative of nature’s grandeur,” the article wrote.
The journey through Phu Quoc’s heavenly beachscapes starts with Kem Beach, a place that could easily be mistaken for a glimpse of Eden.
The site isn’t just a beach, instead it’s a haven for luxurious resort experiences. Hosting prestigious names such as JW Marriott, Accor, and Rosewood, it’s not just a shoreline but is actually a canvas of opulence.
JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay was designed by architect Bill Bensley and symbolises luxury, earning plenty of accolades and rivaling top destinations. This beach’s allure is notable for attracting a billionaire’s extravagant wedding and being deemed as one of the best resorts globally.
Discovering Sao Beach on the second day is a good suggestion as the site was listed as one of the 10 most pristine and tranquil beaches in the world by CN Traveler.
Guests can amble along the seemingly endless coastline, letting the soft sands cradle every step. Other activities include snorkeling, during which visitors can discover a world of vibrant coral reefs beneath the surface.
The afternoon is perfect for kayaking and more water-based escapades. One can sample a seafood feast against the backdrop of the setting sun, creating a memory that lingers long after, the article reports.
An adventurous day may await travelers on the third day as they venture to Hon Thom, aptly named the ‘Island of Joy’.
Glide through the skies on the world’s longest three-rope cable car to Sun World Hon Thom. Dive into the exhilaration of Asia’s largest water park, Aquatopia, and explore Exotica Village’s array of rides and games.
Guests should not miss out on the opportunity to discover the underwater wonders through scuba diving, a journey into a world of ancient coral formations and marine life. As the day concludes, visitors can take in the breathtaking sunset over Hon Thom’s golden beaches, according to Bored Panda./.