New hotel projects in and around Hoi An
China-Laos rail update, India to Southeast Asia by rail, and future airlines and airports in Vietnam.
Hello from Ho Chi Minh City. This week I’ve posted the last “Future City” profile for 2020 - Future Hoi An / Quang Nam Province.
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Construction projects in Hoi An, Quang Nam Province - Vietnam.
Added to China-Laos railway
Added to Long Thanh International Airport
“More than a million people live on or around Tonle Sap lake, the world's largest inland fishery, but as a result of climate change and dams upstream on the Mekong, water levels are falling and fish stocks are dwindling.”
“A commercial road connecting Thailand’s Trat province and Cambodia’s Veal Veng district in Pursat province is 90 percent complete and expected to be ready ahead of schedule according to the Pursat provincial administration.”
“Shenzhen’s boom has led to the highest property prices and lowest home ownership rates in China.”
“In his virtual address at the Northeast Festival, Shringla spoke on India’s Act East Policy and what it means for Northeast.”
“Indonesian President Joko Widodo inaugurated the Patimban sea port in West Java on Sunday, saying the new gateway would have a “strategic” role in boosting the nation’s pandemic-hit economy.”
“Another Mekong dam project threatens to cost the former royal capital its UNESCO World Heritage status.”
“Asphalt paves the intersection of ecotourism and development at a famed Himalayan trekking hub.”
“The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) is updating the list of approved infrastructure projects given the impact of the pandemic and the recent typhoons.”
“Sumitomo and JR East's $556m contract follows 2019 commuter rail deal.”
“Building design and technology are becoming increasingly important in the city’s fight to bring temperatures down.”
“Thailand nudged along the proposed rail project that will link Chiang Rai province to the main rail line between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, when the Cabinet, last week, approved a draft Royal Decree, designating land expropriation boundaries.”
I was at SGN airport last week and I saw the new Vietravel Airlines in the wild for the first time. This proposed new airline was announced last year, in what was a boom year for Vietnam aviation. It’s a bold move to launch a new airline in these pandemic times. They may have the advantage of being based in Hue. I visited Hue last year and I remarked on how under-served the city is for flights, especially given its tourism potential.
[Vietravel Airlines spotted at SGN Airport.]
And on the theme of Vietnam’s growing aviation market, here is a good infographic that shows current and future airports.