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Re: vietnam travel : Danang promotes fireworks competition in HCMC

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The central coast city of Danang organized the Gala Dinner 2011 with the theme
"Sparking Han River" in HCMC on February 25 to promote tourism products to tour
operators, especially the Danang International Fireworks Competition.

According to the city's tourism promotion center, the annual competition will
take place on April 29 and 30 with the participation of five teams comprising
Jubilee Fireworks of England, Hanwha of South Korea, Parente Fireworks A&C SNC
of Italy, Panda Fireworks of China and a team of Danang City.

The Danang tourism sector had organized a similar event in the capital city of
Hanoi in the previous week to promote to the event.

A ticket to see the performance costs VND200,000, or nearly US$10, and visitors
can buy tickets in HCMC, Hanoi and Danang cities. The organizing committee
expects to sell over 16,000 tickets for this competition.

Last year's fireworks competition in Danang saw the participation of Pyrotecnico
- New Castle from Pennsylvania (USA), Luso Pirotecnia Group (Portugal), Jacques
Couturier Organisation (France), Tamaya Kitahara (Japan) and Danang (Vietnam).
It attracted around 100,000 spectators.

Representatives of some hotels located along the Han River in Danang that offer
a good view of fireworks display said that their hotels were receiving many
bookings from spectators.

The central city has reported fast growth in tourism last year with around 1.77
million visitors - including 370,000 internationals - up 33% over 2009, and
gaining over VND1.2 trillion in revenue, up 39% year-on-year.

The city is speeding up tourism promotion activities along with giving supports
to airlines to open international services linking Danang and foreign
destinations. The city currently has eight international air routes to Hong
Kong, Singapore, Japan, and China among others.

Visitors from Narita of Japan will travel to the city more easily from the
second quarter when Vietnam Airlines launches direct flights between the two
cities.

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