Blood donation festival collects nearly 9,000 units nationwide


Hanoi: Nearly 9,000 units of blood were collected nationwide during the Xuan Hong (Red Spring) festival from February 18-25, the biggest annual blood donation campaign, reported the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT).

The festival saw significant contributions from volunteer organisations like the Hanoi Association of Youth Blood Donor Recruiter (HAYBDR) that collected 75% of the total, or 6,640 units.

Since its launch in 2008, the event has attracted hundreds of thousands of blood donors and collected over 121,000 blood units.

The campaign has played a crucial role in ensuring a stable blood supply for those in need while raising public awareness of the importance of blood donation./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam Airlines doubles flight frequency to Dien Bien


Hanoi: National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines will double its frequency to two flights a day on the route connecting the capital city of Hanoi and the northwestern province of Dien Bien from March 6 to 30 to serve Visit Vietnam Year 2024 and celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory.

Accordingly, flights VN1804 and VN1806 will depart from Hanoi at 13:05 and 15:05, while flights VN1805 and VN1807 will leave Dien Bien at 14:40 and 15:40.

A representative of Vietnam Airlines said that the increase of flight frequency affirms the airline’s role in accompanying the Government and province to popularise the national tourism year as well as its role as a bridge to bring visitors to explore the northwestern region.

In December 2023, Airbus A321 aircraft of Vietnam Airlines was put into operation on the Hanoi – Dien Bien route, helping to double the number of tourist arrivals to the province as compared to the same time before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out.

Visit Vietnam Year 2024, themed
‘Glorious Dien Bien – Infinite Experiences’, will feature 169 fascinating programmes and activities throughout the year, with the highlight being the Ban Flower Festival scheduled on March 16.

Visitors to the province will have the chance to experience ethnic cultural space and explore the distinctive cultures of the ethnic groups by engaging in Thai ethnic traditional dance performance and Mong ethnic art events.

Dien Bien also boasts huge potential for resort, healthcare and nature-based tourism. Within Visit Vietnam Year 2024, Dien Bien province expects to attract 1.3 million tourists./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency