Two tonnes of high quality dragon fruit have just been imported and distributed in Australia. (Photo: VNA)

Marking the recent arrival of 10 tonnes of Vietnamese dragon fruit in Australia, the promotion programme is based on community activities. It is set to encourage consumers to keep their receipts to participate in lucky draws; introduce the fruit at selling locations and on media and social networks; and set up booths to invite people to try dragon fruit within the framework of outdoor fairs in Sydney.

A representative of the office said amid new COVID-19 outbreaks, a number of big cities in Australia are applying high-level social distancing measures, causing difficulties for the promotion activities.

However, at a regular exchange of the office which took place virtually on July 22, some import companies and shopping malls in the country showed their interest in the fruit and unveiled that demand for importing it is high.

In 2020, the value Vietnamese dragon fruit exported to Australia hit a record of 4.18 million USD, up 36 percent on year. The export remained stable in the first half of 2021.

Vietnamese farm produce joins fair in RoK

The commercial affairs office of the Vietnamese Embassy in the Republic of Korea (RoK) has cooperated with a number of overseas Vietnamese businesses to participate in the 2021 Import Fair in Seoul.

Vietnamese Ambassador to RoK Nguyen Vu Tung took souvenir photos with representatives of enterprises importing Vietnamese agricultural products at the fair. (Photo: VNA)

According to the Vietnam News Agency correspondent in Seoul, the fair aims to further promote the image of products and seek export opportunities for Vietnam’s high-quality agricultural products that are in harvest season but face difficulties in output due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Vietnamese Ambassador to the RoK Nguyen Vu Tung attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the fair, visited the Vietnamese booth and encouraged overseas Vietnamese businesses to actively promote import activities and widely distribute high-quality Vietnamese agricultural products and processed foods in the RoK.

The event is annually organized by the Korea Importers Association (KOIMA) under the auspices of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea, and the Korea International Trade Association (KITA), Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) and other embassies in the RoK.

This year’s fair has a scale of about 200 booths, held under offline and online types. It attracted the participation of businesses from about 40 countries and territories around the world.

The RoK is Vietnam’s third largest trading partner after China (133 billion USD) and the US (90.7 billion USD), with a total import-export turnover of 66 billion USD in 2020, including 19.1 billion USD of exports and 46.9 billion USD of imports.

Exports of agricultural and aquatic products and processed foods to the market in 2020 reached 1.2 billion USD, accounting for 4.1% of the total import value of this item of the RoK.

Two passenger flights to Hanoi suspended

In a bid to prevent the COVID-19 epidemic, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has decided to suspend the operation of 2 passenger routes to/from Hanoi, and at the same time minimize the operation of the Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City route.

Suspending the operation of 2 passenger flights to/from Hanoi. (Photo:

Accordingly, from 0:00 on July 22, passenger flights between Hanoi and Can Tho/Phu Quoc (Kien Giang) were temporarily suspended.

At the same time, the route between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City only operated a maximum of 2 flights a day, instead of a maximum of 1,700 passengers a day divided among all airlines as before.

For flights for other purposes, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam will consider the decision on every case.

Meanwhile, cargo flights are carried out without restriction.

On July 21, Vietnam Airlines operated 3 chartered flights carrying 600 people from Ho Chi Minh City to their hometown of Da Nang. After landing, the Da Nang City People’s Committee will arrange for concentrated isolation of passangers at hotels./.