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HCM City – The Ho chi minh City-based Vietravel has launched a series of pilgrimage tours to the land of Buddhism in Vietnam in the north in celebration of the United Nations’ Day of Vesak (UNDV), one of the most important Buddhist festivals marking the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Gautama Buddha.
The central province of Ha Tinh, along with many organizations and individuals has invested more than 20 billion VND to upgrade Dong Loc T-junction historical relic site to mark 40 years of Dong Loc victory.
An Dinh palace has opened for visitors to see the system of wall paintings after the restoration project sponsored by the Federal Republic of Germany.
The Spanish embassy and Vietnam-Spain Friendship association held a ceremony at the Hanoi National Library on April 23 to introduce Spain’s cultural programmes and donate nearly 180 books of Spainish contemporary literature.
The Vietnam national flag carrier (Vietnam Airlines) said on April 23 it will add 12 more Flights on routes from Hanoi and Ho chi minh city to popular tourist destinations such as Danang Nha trang Da lat Hue and Phu quoc to serve the increased travel demand during the holidays of April 30 and May 1.
The number of tourists to Ha long bay increased 60 percent in the first quarter of 2008, said the Support Committee for Ha Long Bay in a seminar in Quang Ninh Province on April 23 to disseminate information on voting for Ha Long Bay as natural wonder of the world.
A photo exhibition of the nation’s historical revolutionary sites opened at the Vietnam Revolution Museum in Hanoi on April 23.
355 projects of provinces and cities with tourism potential like Lao cai Thua Thien-Hue, Lam Dong, Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, Quang Nam (Hoi An), An Giang, Kien Giang, Ho chi minh city were introduced to major global investors and international funding groups at a conference and exhibition called Vietnam Tourism and Properties Opportunities.
The number of tourists travelling to Ha long rose by 60 per cent in the first quarter of 2008 against that of 2007, said officials at a conference to review the campaign to vote for Ha Long as a world natural wonder held on April 23 in Quang Ninh.
The detailed tourism plans for Phu quoc Island off southern Kien Giang Province will be ready in October, which will then facilitate the development of tourism projects there, a provincial official said.

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