The Vietnamese tourism administration plans to ask the government to waive entry visas for Russian tourists to remain competitive with Thailand. Thailand had made a similar move last month and many Russian travel agents had asked Vietnam to do the same, a source at the Vietnam National Tourism Administration said Thursday. Vietnamese travel agents said the number of Russians tourists had jumped in the last two years due to Vietnam's attractiveness and also natural disasters and unstable political and social situations in the neighborhood. VNAT said 13,900 Russians visited the country in the first three months this year, a 42.9 percent increase. Luu Duc Ke, a senior official in Ben Thanh Tourist Company, said Russian tourists were interested in trans-Vietnam tours and luxury resorts in central Vietnam, adding they could afford luxury accommodation. The biggest problem was the lack of luxury rooms in such resorts and direct flight routes between the two countries, he … [Read more...] about Vietnam tourist agency eyes visa waiver for Russians
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Quang Nam and Thua Thien-Hue provinces and Danang city in central Vietnam held a road show in Bangkok Monday to showcase their tourism and cultural attractions. The show, presided over by the Vietnam National Administration for Tourism (VNAT), was attended by representatives of more than 60 travel companies and airlines and reporters from 30 Thai newspapers. Executives from more than 30 tourist companies and hotels from the Vietnamese side are in Bangkok looking for partnerships with Thai partners. Thanik Kachonkitisakul, general manager of Thai tourist firm 2020 Travel, said the number of visitors to Vietnam's central region from Bangkok had spurted of late. "It is hoped that this year tourist arrivals from Thailand to central Vietnam will double," he told Thanh Nien. A VNAT official said Thailand was an important partner for Vietnam in promoting tourism in the central region, particularly after the East-West economic corridor was inaugurated. Vietnamese and Thai tourism … [Read more...] about Vietnam central region shows off tourist attractions in Thailand
At least 12 people, including foreigners, died and several others were missing after a tour boat sank Thursday in Vietnam's famed Ha Long Bay, a government official said. Some survivors were plucked from the water by local fishermen following the predawn disaster at one of the country's most popular tourist destinations, renowned for its many limestone towers. "We recovered the bodies of five foreign tourists and a Vietnamese tourist," said Vu Van Thin, a senior official with the Quang Ninh Province People's Committee, the local government. The nationalities were not immediately clear, he said, adding that about six other foreign tourists were missing. The boat was carrying a total of 19 foreign visitors and two Vietnamese at the time, said Doan Manh Linh, assistant director at Quang Ninh's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. "Some tourists were saved by local fishermen," Linh said. The Dan Tri news website quoted Do Thong, vice-president of the People's Committee, as … [Read more...] about 12 dead as Vietnam tourist boat sinks
The number of Japanese tourist arrivals to Vietnam remained almost unchanged in the first half of this year, for a number of reasons, the chairman of the Overseas Tour Operators Association of Japan (OTOA) told Tuoi Tre. The main reason is that Japanese youths do not travel abroad much, instead focusing on work and income, as well as a wide variety of recreational activities, he added. Instead of saving money for an outbound trip, Japanese youths use it to buy hi-tech devices such as smartphones and gaming devices. “Moreover, the Japanese will not feel comfortable traveling when the economic slowdown still exists,” he added. Vietnam welcomed 294,487 turns of tourists from Japan in the first six months of this year, a slight 1.9 percent increase compared to the same period last year, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. The number of Japanese holidaymakers in Vietnam grew 12 – 23 percent a year between 2010 and 2012. Vietnam, however, … [Read more...] about Is Vietnam less attractive to Japanese tourists?
Tourist attractions nationwide were crowded with domestic and foreign visitors during the April 30 - May 1 holidays. Over 6,000 travellers both at home and abroad rushed to Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang between 27 April and May 1, generating nearly 5 billion VND (240,000 USD) in revenues for the local tourism sector. To bring satisfying experiences to tourists, authorities of Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van and Meo Vac districts - home to Dong Van Geopark, have encouraged local people to do their best to impress visitors. A French tourist said his family and him were fascinated by the locals' warmness and hospitality when touring around scenic and relic sites and enjoying ethnic minorities' traditional festivals. This year, Ha Giang province strives to welcome over 400,000 visitors, up 20 percent from 2012 and earn more than 450 billion VND (23 million USD) in turnover. In the first four months of this year alone, nearly 200,000 … [Read more...] about Tourist attractions packed with holiday-makers