The construction of a new international terminal at Da Nang International Airport which includes an expanded apron was completed. Another key work, the APEC International Press Centre, was fully equipped to serve some 3,000 international and local reporters working and staying during the event.
Meeting venues and top-notch coastal residences for APEC leaders have been prepared for the important event.
Roads and pavements were upgraded while the city’s streets and beaches are kept tidy and cleaned up. Sanitation and urban order have been paid due attention.
APEC Park which lies in the downtown is an outstanding work to record the week-long event. Local people and tourists to the park have chance to enjoy numerous kinds of statues that feature various characteristics of the APEC members’ diverse cultures.
With hope that every citizen will become a cultural ambassador to popularise Da Nang city as a livable destination, the city organised English training courses for over 300 local officials, security force and medical workers and reporters. In addition, professional training was held for hotel staff and restaurants as well as taxi drivers.
Nearly 800 volunteers were chosen among local students, staff of sectors, departments and schools to serve the event.
Last month, the municipal Department of Tourism launched the Da Nang Smile Campaign as part of the efforts to turn Da Nang into a civilised, friendly, safe and attractive city to visitors. It is also among activities in preparation for the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week.
Established in 1989, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) comprises 21 economies, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the US, and Vietnam.