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Railway carriage revitalises heritage tourism
Vietnam: After a month of thorough preparation, "Con Duong Di San" or the Heritage Path tourist railway carriage began its first journey, carrying 24 tourists on board on Monday.
The tour is the result of the co-operation between Hue Tourist Company and the branch of Viet Nam Railways in Hue.
Besides providing transportation, the tourist railway carriage is also an example of co-operation between railways and tourism to meet the demand for rail travel by both domestic and international tourists, offering a new experience in heritage exploration.
An SE1 train will conduct the daily journey from Hu? to Da Nang, providing a view of the beautiful Hai Van mountain pass or L?ng C? Bay along a beautiful route in central Viet Nam. For VN?155,000 (US$7) per ticket, tourists can have a relaxed journey with their fellow-travellers.
The 26-berth carriage has been designed foolowing the best contemporary standards of Vietnam Railways.
According to Nguyen Thanh Kh?nh, director of Vietnam Railways’ branch in Hue, the carriage would be constantly upgraded to provide the best possible facilities to tourists.
The Heritage Path tourist railway carriage will also allow domestic travel agencies to transport tourists more safely with high-quality services to explore world heritage sites in central Viet Nam.
Tran Quang Hao, director of Hue Tourist Company, said the company would conduct more tours on the Da Nang-Hue and Hue-Quang Binh route, following the success of the Hue-Da Nang tour.
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Indonesia to launch 13th economic package this month
Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution said on Wednesday that the government would release its 13th economic policy package in August, adding that the draft had been completed.
Darmin said the 13th package was largely an extension of the previous one, but would expand its focus beyond industry. The 12th package focused on small and medium enterprises.
"We are just waiting to schedule a meeting with the president," Darmin told reporters at his office. He refused to give the exact date the new policy package would come into effect.
The ministry team must meet with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo one more time to finalize the details, Darmin said.