Vietnam mulls electric tramcars for more tourism hotspots
The Vietnamese government has given the green light for local authorities in six more locations to launch electric tramcar services. The six places are Hue, Danang, Haiphong, Vung Tau, Lao Cai and Khanh Hoa.
Media reporters in Vietnam say prime-minister Nguyen Tan Dung has endorsed the launch of pilot schemes in the six localities to assess the long-term feasibility of the environmentally friendly taxis. Authorities will have six months to report back on whether the new vehicles adequately serve the needs of residents and tourists.
The government has already allowed the launch of electric tramcars in Hanoi, Thanh Hoa, Quang Binh and Nghe An. In Hanoi, tourist trams operate on routes through the old quarter on a circuit from Dinh Tien Hoang Road. The Ministry of Transport says there are currently more than 1,000 tramcars on the streets of Vietnamese cities.
Vietnamese tramcars resemble golf buggies with open sides and seating for up to 10 people. Proponents claim they create less air and noise pollution than petrol or diesel powered vehicles.
The People’s Committee in Ho Chi Minh City has given the green light to a proposal to inaugurate water music performances. Tai Nguyen Company tabled the plan to launch the audio-visual shows from a barge moored on the Dia Canal.
Figures released by Thailand’s National Parks Department show a surge in income from entry fees at parks under its jurisdiction. Between October last year and the end of May, the parks collected a total of almost THB1.68 billion from visitors.
AirAsia took the top honour in the category of low-cost carriers at the Skytrax annual awards ceremonies held in France yesterday. The latest triumph for the Malaysia headquartered budget airline was the ninth year running it has scooped up the same prize.