Vietnam among world’s least sustainable travel destinations: Euromonitor

By Nguyen Quy   March 16, 2021 | 03:45 pm GMT+7 VNExpressVietnam among world's least sustainable travel destinations: EuromonitorAn aerial view of Tam Coc-Bich Dong, a popular travel destination in Ninh Binh Province, northern Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.Vietnam finished in the bottom five of a global sustainable tourism ranking, placing 96th out of 99 economies, according to a Euromonitor International report.

Vietnam joined Morocco, Mauritius, India and Pakistan in the bottom five of the ranking compiled by British market research firm Euromonitor.

The country lagged far behind all its Southeast Asian neighbors like Laos (51), Myanmar (59), Cambodia (74), Thailand (76) and Malaysia (85). Indonesia took up the 92nd spot, followed by Singapore and the Philippines.

The index, which ranked 99 countries and territories around the world, analyzed seven aspects of sustainable tourism, including environmental, social and economic sustainability, country risk as well as sustainable tourism demand, transport and lodging.

Globally, Sweden has been ranked the most sustainable destination for travel, followed by Finland and Austria. Rounding out the top five are Estonia and Norway.

“Sustainable travel has raced to the top of the tourism agenda in recent years. However, only 55 percent of travel businesses implemented some form of sustainability strategy,” Euromonitor said.

The research firm predicted there would be growing awareness among consumers, businesses and governments to prioritize the planet alongside people and profit when global tourism begins again following travel restrictions across the world.

Some popular tourist destinations in Vietnam have been eyeing sustainable tourism development.

For instance, Hoi An in central Vietnam is restricting the use of single-use plastic items and plastic bags as it looks to boost sustainable travel growth.

The ancient town, a UNESCO world heritage site, has been a pioneer in the country since 2004 for ensuring pedestrian-friendly streets. Motorbikes and cars are banned from the town center for large parts of the day – from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Cu Lao Cham, or Cham Islands, a UNESCO-recognized world biosphere reserve near Hoi An in Quang Nam Province, abandoned plastic bags and started a campaign to clean up the environment back in 2009.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in 2019 said that Vietnam should strive for zero disposable plastic use in urban stores, markets and supermarkets by 2021 and for no plastic products to be used across the entire country by 2025.

The country has been ranked the fourth biggest polluter of oceans in the world by U.S.-based non-profit environmental organization Ocean Conservancy.Related News:

Vietnam needs coal-fired plants for 15 years at least

By Duc Minh   March 19, 2021 | 10:14 am GMT+7 VNExpressVietnam needs coal-fired plants for 15 years at leastVinh Tan Power Plant 4 in the central province of Binh Thuan. Photo by Shutterstock/pDang86.Despite the associated environmental problems, Vietnam cannot do without coal-fired power plants for another 15 years at least, experts say.

There is no current alternative that can help Vietnam ensure energy security and maintain stable prices, they add.

There are several coal-fired plants in the pipeline, set to be be built by 2025, including the Nam Dinh 1 and Thai Binh 2 in northern Vietnam, and even after 2035 the country will still need a small number of coal-fired plants to keep prices from rising too high, the Institute of Energy says in a comment on the country’s latest energy development plan.

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Vietnamese-American actress gets lifetime achievement award at US film festival

By Dang Khoa   March 18, 2021 | 01:00 pm GMT+7 vnexpress

The Asian World Film Festival in the U.S. has conferred the lifetime achievement award on Vietnamese-American actress Kieu Chinh for her contributions to the movie industry.

The 84-year-old received the Snow Leopard Lifetime Achievement Award, the festival’s highest accolade, at an event in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

The AWFF wrote in a Facebook post that the actress “is being honored for her distinguished film career and humanitarian and philanthropic achievements.”

She wrote in turn, “I’m very honored and humbled to receive this award.”

Kieu Chinh (R) with her Snow Leopard Lifetime Achievement Award and Georges Jojo Chamchoum, executive director of AWFF at the 6th Annual Asian World Film Festival in Los Angeles, the U.S. Photo courtesy of Kieu Chinhs Facebook.
Kieu Chinh (R) with her Snow Leopard Lifetime Achievement Award and Georges Jojo Chamchoum, executive director of AWFF at the 6th Annual Asian World Film Festival in Los Angeles, the U.S. Photo courtesy of Kieu Chinh’s Facebook.

After migrating with her family to southern Vietnam in 1954, the Hanoi-born Chinh rose to fame, starring in many hit movies.

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Little Saigon phản ứng vụ nổ súng giết người gốc Á ở Atlanta

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Mar 17, 2021 cập nhật lần cuối Mar 18, 2021

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GARDEN GROVE, California (NV) – Nhiều dân cử và lãnh đạo tôn giáo vùng Little Saigon vừa tổ chức một buổi tập họp tại công viên Community Center Park, Garden Grove, chiều Thứ Tư, 17 Tháng Ba, để phản đối tình trạng ngày càng có nhiều sự kiện mang tính thù ghét người Mỹ gốc Á Châu và Thái Bình Dương (AAPI).

Buổi nói chuyện gồm toàn phụ nữ gốc Á. (Hình: Đằng-Giao/Người Việt)

Đặc biệt, cuộc tập họp này xảy ra chỉ một ngày sau khi một thanh niên da trắng 21 tuổi, tên là Robert Aaron Long, cư dân tiểu bang Georgia, bắn chết tám người, trong đó có sáu phụ nữ gốc AAPI, tại ba tiệm đấm bóp ở thành phố Acworth, cách Atlanta khoảng 30 dặm về phía Tây Bắc.

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