Strengthening IndiaVietnam ties

Strengthening IndiaVietnam ties

first_imgParallel paths met when an event showcasing the similar approach towards strengthening cultural bonds was held in the national Capital recently. Indian Council for Cultural Relations’ two-day bilateral seminar on ‘Indo-Vietnam Cultural Relations: Retrospect and Prospect’ was inaugurated at Azad Bhavan on Saturday.Prof. Lokesh Chandra, President, ICCR addressed the crowd by saying: “History shapes a nation’s future. The Indian traders and monks who had once migrated from India to Vietnam, had established their Champa (Hindu) kingdoms in central Vietnam without any violence or invasion.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The Indian approach was sharing, which gave them scripts for language while cotton fabrics and sugar were major exports at the highest point in Vietnam. In the past 2000 years Vietnam has maintained its identity while we have a problem in India. International Mother Language Day, accepted by UNESCO India and Vietnam, must change terminology as language is power.”Guest of Honour, HE Ton Sinh Thanh, Ambassador, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, said: “Cultural Cooperation is one of the pillars in the strategic partnerships between our two countries.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Vietnam and India have many cultural similarities which have been accumulated by the interactions between our countries over the last 2000 years. Besides enhancing the exchange of artists, cultural troops, students and think tanks, we should try new areas such as exchange of movies and promoting film shooting in other countries.” The Chief Guest, Shri Anil Wadhwa, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs said: “Buddhism has a long history which dates back to the 3rd Century BC in Vietnam. Furthermore, some historians also feel that the first oldest Hindu kingdom, Funan ruled from Vyadhapura was established in the lower valley of the Mekong.  “The carvings of Cham period depicted events of Ramayana and Indian mythology such as Marriage ceremony of Ram–Sita, Krishna playing flute, Indra and Dancing apsaras, Vishnu and Sheshnag and the Shivling. The depiction of musical instruments such as Pakhawaj, Mridangam, Drums etc. are reflective influence of Indian music. Vietnam’s famous LakhonBassac dance drama is based on the epic of the Ramayana (Ramleela).”As cultural relations play an important role in building people to people contacts, future areas of cooperation could make film production in Vietnam which will help in increasing tourism between the two countries as Bollywood has been attracting tourism all around the world. Commenting on the relevance of the seminar, Ambassador C Rajasekhar, Director General, ICCR said: “The Seminar is an effort to unearth the contacts between these two ancient civilisations and would cover the centuries-old cultural bonding between India and Vietnam: role of Hinduism and Buddhism, relevance of culture and literature in today’s geopolitical scenario in the context.”last_img read more

Transat debuts new videos that highlight importance of sustainable tourism

Transat debuts new videos that highlight importance of sustainable tourism

first_imgTransat debuts new videos that highlight importance of sustainable tourism Share Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Posted by Tags: Transatcenter_img MONTREAL — Transat A.T. is continuing its efforts in promoting sustainable travel by producing two new videos that highlight eco-friendly measures done by both Transat and hoteliers.The new videos will be featured on its in-flight entertainment systems, online and via the company’s social media accounts.The video ‘Sustainable tourism – Transat’s hotel partners in action’ highlights exemplary practices by five of Transat’s hotelier partners in Mexico: Karisma Hotels & Resorts; Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts; Barcelo Hotel Group; AMResorts; and Melia Hotels International. These initiatives cover all aspect of corporate social responsibility and environment stewardship, from reduced water and energy consumption to waste recycling, protection of natural environments and programs available to employees.“Marketing tourism products that consider the environment and local populations is one way that Transat promotes fair trade and responsible tourism,” said Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer, Transat. “Since 2012, we have highlighted hotels with Global Sustainable Tourism Council certification on our websites and in our brochures to help travellers make responsible purchase decisions, and we’re now doing so onboard our aircraft as well.”More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe second video, titled ‘Environment – Air Transat’s fuel management initiatives’, profiles the fuel management program that Transat introduced in 2004 to improve performance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its aircraft. Considered one of the most innovative and rigorous programs of its kind, it includes measures implemented before takeoff as well as during and after every flight.<br /><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>These latest video vignettes are meant to complement Transat’s existing tools aimed at raising awareness of sustainable tourism, and are also part of the company’s process to obtain Travelife certification. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more