Among the businesses, 32 have been in the list for 27 consecutive years since the High Quality Vietnamese Goods Programe was launched, said the Vietnam News Agency.
Meanwhile, 41 have entered the list for the first time, and 132 have met the Vietnamese High Quality Products – Global Integration Standards set by the Business Association of High Quality Vietnamese Products.
Vu Kim Hanh, Chairwoman of the Business Association of High Quality Vietnamese Products, said that the dried and instant food sector has the highest number of voted businesses, followed by the sauce and seasoning industry.
Outstanding names in the list include Asia Bakery-Confectionary Co. Ltd., Ha Long Canned Food JSC, Vietnam Dairy Products JSC, Trung Nguyen Group Corporation, Thai Tuan Group Corporation, Van Thanh Mattress Company Ltd., An Phuoc Garment Embroidery Shoes Co. Ltd., DHG Pharmaceutical JSC, Thien Long Group Corporation, and Saigon Paper Corporation.
The firms in the list are employing about 341,560 full-time workers and 28,791 part-time labourers.
A vote for Vietnamese high quality products in 2023 was conducted from September 2022, receiving 610,000 feedbacks from consumers across the country.
The Business Association of High Quality Vietnamese Products verified the vote results, the transparency and the level of legal regulation implementation of the firms, while consulting departments of 36 cities and provinces as well as the media and consumers on the businesses.
China to reopen group tours to Vietnam from March 15
The Chinese Government has decided to add Vietnam to its list of countries which will play host to a pilot programme for reopening to group tours as part of the northern neighbours second phase of emerging from the pandemic, said Radio the Voice of Vietnam.
Accordingly, Peng Shituan, cultural counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam, said at a meeting on March 8 with Nguyen Phuong Hoa, director of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism's international cooperation department that China will start to resume initial outbound tours from March 15.
Shituan affirmed that the tourism links between both sides before the COVID-19 pandemic had been very good, bringing about mutual benefits to the people of the two countries.
He added that the Chinese side had always appreciated and grasped suggestions from Vietnam. Indeed, the counselor stressed that the Vietnamese tourism industry has been in the process of making an impressive recovery.
Latest statistics by the General Statistics Office revealed that in February, the country welcomed more than 933,000 international visitors. This marks a figure that many ASEAN countries hope to achieve moving into the post-COVID-19 period.
Vietnam will be one of the prioritised countries that China will allow to implement direct flights to. In addition, visitors entering the northern neighbour are not required to show negative PCR testing. Instead, they only need to provide quick test results or engage in a 2% probability test.
China also hopes to continue to work closely with the country in terms of ensuring the legitimate rights of tourists in each respective country.
Earlier, on February 6, the Chinese side revealed its initial list of countries to which group tours were allowed, with Vietnam not included.
On February 9, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism sent a diplomatic note to China proposing that travel agencies be allowed to organise outbound tours to Vietnam.
Cat Ba among 10 friendliest cities in Vietnam for 2023
Booking.com, the world's leading digital travel brand, has named Cat Ba town in the northern port city of Hai Phong among this year’s top 10 friendliest destinations in Vietnam, according to Radio the Voice of Vietnam.
The ranking is based on more than 240 million verified reviews from travelers who use Booking.com.
This is the first time that the northern town has been named in the list after surpassing Mui Ne in the south central province of Binh Thuan to win the title.
Specifically, when assessing satisfaction with accommodation facilities Vietnamese tourists gave the highest score for friendly staff of 8.9. This was followed by comfort at 8.7, cleanliness of 8.7, and location position at 8.7.
Rounding off the list of the top 10 friendliest cities and localities in Vietnam in 2023 include Phong Nha in Quang Binh, Ninh Binh and Hoi An in Quang Nam, Hue in Thua Thien - Hue, Mai Chau in Hoa Binh, Tuy Hoa in Phu Yen, Con Dao in Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Dong Hoi in Quang Binh, and Sa Pa in Lao Cai.
This year also saw the Traveller Review Awards honour 1.36 million accommodation service suppliers around the world in terms of hospitality level, including more than 10,000 in Vietnam.
BIDV named as Best Foreign Exchange Bank in Vietnam
The Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) has been awarded the Best Foreign Exchange Bank in Vietnam by The Asian Banker (TAB) and Asian Banking & Finance (ABF) magazines, said Radio the Voice of Vietnam.
The award recognizes BIDV’s contribution to increasingly tapping into opportunities of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Vietnam and becoming the leading bank in deploying online foreign exchange (FX) capabilities.
Amid increasing opportunities relating to FDI, the bank was able to become the first market mover in the country to deploy online FX platform to generate an annual volume that grew by more than 70% for customers across electronics, technology, and manufacturing sectors.
With more than 85% of potential clients adopting its platform for their FX needs, corporates can initiate FX transactions on their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) linked through Application Programming Interface (API) to the platform, thereby saving clients hassle and mitigating operational errors. Given these initiatives, it also sought to reduce the turnaround-time on FX transactions to under five minutes.
This marks the second time that BIDV has received the award from The Asian Banker and the fourth year the Vietnamese bank has been given the title by Asian Banking & Finance./.