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More Seoul-Da Nang flights launched

Korean Air has launched twice-weekly direct flights between Incheon Airport in the South Korean capital Seoul and Da Nang, the airline’s third destination in Viet Nam, using Boeing B737-800 aircraft.

The flights are on Thursdays and Sundays.

Korean Air is the second Korean carrier to operate on the Seoul-Da Nang route. In December Asiana Airlines launched its maiden flight to the city, flying twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

South Korea is Viet Nam’s second largest tourist market after China. According to figures from the General Statistics Office, more than 536,000 Korean visitors came last year, a year-on-year increase of 8.2 per cent.

Last year Da Nang welcomed more than 2.35 million visitors, an increase of 32.8 per cent.

* Da Nang plans to enhance its lure

The central coastal city of Da Nang has unveiled a plan to expand its marine tourism areas by creating seven model beaches in Lien Chieu and Thanh Khe districts.

The city authority has assigned the management board of Son Tra Peninsula and the beaches of Xuan Ha, Phu Loc, Ho Tung Mau, Tran Dinh Tri, Nguyen Chanh, Nam Xuan Thieu, and Nam O to implement the project.

It is expected to cost VND17 billion (US$810,000), of which 10 billion will come from the private sector.

Son Tra Pennisula Management Board forecasts an average increase of 30 per cent in tourist arrivals in the city in the next five years.

* UK back on VN’s top 10 tour markets

The UK has for the first time in seven years become one of Viet Nam’s top 10 tourism markets, with nearly 18,000 Britons coming here in January 2012, a year-on-year increase of 39.7 per cent, according to the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).

UK tourist arrivals picked up strongly after Viet Nam Airlines launched direct flights to London from Ha Noi and HCM City last December.

The airline, which operates four weekly flights on the routes and will introduce daily flights in 2015, has also organised a host of marketing activities to attract British tourists.

The UK was last among Viet Nam’s top 10 markets in 2005.

VNAT will also focus on exploiting the promising market through promotions, road shows, and familiarisation tours to Viet Nam for British travel agencies this year.

* Central VN attracts Russian tourists

After Binh Thuan and Khanh Hoa, the coastal city of Da Nang has become a popular haunt for Russian tourists, with some 36,000 scheduled to arrive in the city on charter flights between March and September.

Hoang Thi Phong Thu, chairwoman of Anh Duong Co, said her company would serve visitors coming from eight Russian cities to Da Nang through a contract signed with the Russia-based Pegas Touristik Co.

They would arrive on 10 to 12-day trips to central Viet Nam and stay at resorts in Da Nang and Hoi An, she said.

Anh Duong has also signed a contract with the Moscow-based Turkish Pegas Touristik to bring Russian tourists to Cam Ranh Airport on charter flights for trips to Nha Trang and Phan Thiet.

VietNamNet/Viet Nam News

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