(TBM) A good day for exhibitors and visitors (300 word story)

A beautiful boat at the event. Photo: Minh Nguyen

A beautiful boat at the event. Photo: Minh Nguyen

Hundreds of exhibitors, visitors and customers took part in the 21st annual Boat Show on Friday, May 23, a fine day with a blue sky and full of sunlight. For them, this day was exactly a good day.

This year’s Boat Show started in Gold Coast’s Sanctuary Cove a day before, on May 22, when there were strong winds and heavy rains. However, the general manager of the event, Mr Jensen, was confident of the success of this event.

Luckily, the weather was very beautiful in the following day. “What a good day! All participants are very happy with it,” said Howe, an exhibitor at the event. The man and his colleagues were very busy to welcome guests to visit their cruise.

The show draws the participation of more than 400 domestic and international exhibitors in the field of marine such as Cabo, Fasdeck, Predator, Le Volpi, Sun runner and others.

Exhibitors and producers hope that the event is a good chance for them to introduce and sell their products to local and foreign customers. According to the organization board, there are many international buyers and delegations taking part in the event.

A large number of boats and cruises with different sizes are displayed on the river around the Sanctuary Cove. Visitors and customers have opportunities to see and buy.

“All of them are very beautiful and expensive,” said Mark, a visitor from Sydney. Some small boat cost more than 100,000 AUD for each while large ones are worth more than 10 million AUD for each.

“I think, we will buy the bigger one,” a woman named Helen said to her husband. The middle-age couple from Victoria is looking for a boat worth round 300,000 AUD to buy.

During the fine day, other activities such as street entertainment, cooking performance with the participation of famous musicians, artists and chefs have launched.

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By Minh Nguyen

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(TBM) Going around for life (300 word story)

Sarah at the Griffith University. Photo: Minh Nguyen

Sarah at the Griffith University. Photo: Minh Nguyen

For many journalists, travelling helps them enrich their experience, which is good for their writing. For the young, most travel for the joy of it. But for Sarah Cooke, a 23 year old girl on the Gold Coast, travelling can be for both: joy and writing.

Going around the world at the age of 19, Sarah is studying journalism at Griffith University. “I love reading stories in magazines,” said the slender girl with curly blonde hair.

However, travelling is her real hobby. Being born and growing up on the famous Australian tourism site, she loves travelling abroad alone. She does not know exactly the reasons why she likes touring around the world. May be she wants to be foreign like tourists she meets everyday in her hometown.

Indonesia was the first foreign country she visited. “I chose the country because the travelling price was very cheap,” she smiled. Sarah saved 2000 AUD for her first trip. “I saved the money myself during the time in school,” she said. She stayed with many exciting activities.

At this time, her parents were so worried about their 19 year old daughter, the only girl in the family of five children. “My mother called me everyday and I said it was ok”, she said.

After the first journey, she returned home and worked to afford the next trips. Some months later, she went to News Zealand. She stayed in the north of the country and visited some friends there. Then, she visited the Republic of Korea, England and Holland.

Each trip in each country gave her a good chance to experience new cultural identities and customs.

Now, Sarah has to delay her travelling hobbies for study. She likes stories on the media and hopes that once day she will herself produce them.

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Click clip to see the famous Gold Coast where Sarah is living.

By Minh Nguyen

Phu Quoc Island: A “waning heaven”

A beach on Phu Quoc island

A beach on Phu Quoc island

Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s largest island. Situated in the Gulf of Thailand, the island is part of Kien Giang province. The district of Phu Quoc includes the island proper and 21 smaller islets. Phu Quoc is called a “Tourist Heaven”.

Under the government’s scheme, by 2020 Phu Quoc will be a sea ecological tourism centre, attracting 2-3 million visitors a year.

However, this “heaven” is losing its value through the exploitation and disfigurement of its natural assets.

In the name of tourism projects, many businesses have been destroying the natural landscapes of Phu Quoc. They are exploiting sand on the coast, causing coastal erosion, and menacing the scenery with concrete works.

In the Dinh Cau area, to expand its beach to serve tourists, the Phu Quoc Tourism JS Company exploited Con village in Duong Dong Town, which was famous for its beautiful, natural beach.

The firm sucked sand from the coast near Con village, causing a landslide, threatening Con villagers. Chairman of Duong Dong town Duong Minh Hung said that around 140m of coast has collapsed, endangering 17 houses.

However, of greater concern, the beautiful beach of Con village has been ruined. After two months of sucking sand from the beach, a “gulf” was created at the site which had been a nice beach in the past.

In Hang Yen, An Thoi town, a company named Gold Star destroyed the protective forest, sucked sand and built a dike to enlarge its beach.

Phu Quoc’s beach is being cut into small pieces by tourism projects.

Tourism companies are also trying to build high-rise buildings and hotels on the coast with weird designs, obscuring the view of the Phu Quoc sea.

Around 4km of coast from Duong Dong town to Cua Lap has been the “victim” of concrete. The Huong Bien Hotel built a stone dike of over 1m in height and nearly 500m length along the coast, breaking up the wonderful beach in front of the Dinh Cau area.

The Sai Gon-Phu Quoc Hotel also built some concrete works on the most beautiful beach in Phu Quoc. Many concrete architectural works cover a large area of land on the island.

Many construction works on Phu Quoc are copied from foreign ones, and look very strange, such as the Ngan Sao tourism site. On 300sq.m of beach, the investor built imitations of famous works in the world, like the sea lion of Singapore, the Opera House in Sydney, Australia as well as a Dutch windmill.

Source: VietnamNet

Ha Long Bay tops new world wonders voting group

Ha Long bay in a beautiful day. Photo:

Ha Long bay in a beautiful day. Photo:

Ha Long Bay – one of Vietnam’s two UNESCO natural world heritage sites – had by May 25 risen to the first place in Group G in the voting for the New 7 Wonders of Nature.    

The bay, twice recognised by the UNESCO for its landscapes and geological values, surpassed Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar beach to lead the 25-entry group, which includes sea landscapes and beaches.   

A total of 261 national and international sites, divided into seven groups, are vying to enter the top 77. In this second stage, each country is allowed only one entry for selection, except for those entries that are located on a common border shared by two or more countries.

As scheduled, the voting will last until July to choose the top 77. Then 21 sites will be selected by the organising board for the final stage, slated for between 2010 and 2011.

During this time, the New7Wonders World Tour will visit all 21 sites. The New 7 Wonders of Nature will be unveiled in the summer of 2011.       

During the first phase of the campaign, which ran from July 2007 to December 31, 2008, three of Vietnam’s tourist hot spots were nominated, including Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park – another UNESCO Natural World Heritage, and Mount Fansipan.

Source: VNA