Booking data from Webjet, the largest online travel booking site in Australia, shows that Vietnam has overtaken Bali to become the most favorite travel destinations for Australian tourists. Volcano eruptions and earthquakes have deterred Australian tourists from returning to Bali, and the number of tours to the beautiful island has reduced significantly over the past year, the Webjet website quoted managing director John Guscic as saying. Instead, more Australian visitors are showing greater interest in Vietnam, a country known for beautiful beaches, mountains, rice terraces, world heritage sites, plus low cost of living. Vietnam has also achieved renown as a dream destination for expats. The online booking site has reported a 63 percent growth in full-year profit thanks to a bookings surge to Asian countries, mainly Vietnam. Australian travel blogger Phoebe Lee, who has taken global viewers through Hanoi in two CNN commercials, told VnExpress that she had visited Ha Long Bay and the … [Read more...] about Vietnam takes Bali’s place as top Aussie travel choice
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Travelers might be able to get a single visa for Vietnam and its Southeast Asian neighbors from later this year, according to a Thai official. Travelers will be able to visit Vietnam and its Southeast Asian neighbors without having to apply for multiple visas if the bloc's members end their decade-long debate and decide to copy Europe’s Schengen model, a Thai official said. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand’s minister of tourism, told travel news site Skift at a tourism conference in Bangkok last week that a single visa for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is being prepared and could be in place as soon as later this year or the beginning of 2018. She said Thailand is considering a joint deal with Cambodia first and that may expand to Vietnam following the prime minister's request for the tourism and foreign ministries to connect with Thailand and Cambodia to issue a single visa for the three destinations. If the new policy goes through, it could … [Read more...] about From Hanoi to Bali: When will the dream of visa-free travel in Southeast Asia come true?
Government unlikely to relax visa regime, allowing other nations to get ahead in attracting visitors Foreign tourists stroll down a street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. The Vietnam Business Forum said in its annual report released this week that there has been "˜no progress' in ushering in a transparent, open, and effective visa-on-arrival system in Vietnam, warning the country's failure to streamline its visa procedures will see it fall further behind its neighbors in wooing visitors. Photo by Hong Ky Vietnam's failure to act on its rhetoric about simplifying its visa procedures, including those relating to visa-on-arrival, will see it fall further behind its neighbors in wooing visitors, a business grouping has warned. The Vietnam Business Forum, a consortium of international and local business associations and chambers of commerce, said in its annual report released last month that there has been "no progress" in ushering in a transparent, open, and effective … [Read more...] about Vietnam drags feet on visa reforms
A new report by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) shows that visa facilitation could create up to 2.6 million new jobs in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies by 2016. The report was presented on the occasion of the APEC High Level Policy Dialogue (Bali, Indonesia, 1 October 2013). Facilitating visas for these tourists could create as much as 2.6 million additional jobs in the APEC economies by 2016 and an additional US$ 89 billion in international tourism receipts generated by 57 million more tourists visiting APEC destinations. Hosting the meeting, the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia, Mari Elka Pangestu, highlighted that the importance of tourism as a vehicle of job creation, economic growth and development in Asia Pacific has been acknowledged by APEC leaders through the launch, in 2011, of the APEC Travel Facilitation Initiative. “The challenge now is to … [Read more...] about Visa facilitation can create 2.6 million new jobs in the APEC economies
Most of famous beaches in Vietnam are found in the central country but the 'every man for himself' practice and the lack of tourism development connectivity between localities in the region lead to alike sea-based tourist offerings that not yet attract tourists and yield a high economic efficiency. Huge potential The more-than-1,000-kilometer long coastline going through 14 provinces in the central region, from Thanh Hoa to Binh Thuan, offers a great potential for tourism development. The Thien Cam beach in Ha Tinh Province, My Khe and Son Tra beaches in the city of Da Nang, the Cua Dai beach in Quang Nam Province, Hoang Hau beach in Binh Dinh Province, Long Thuy beach in Phu Yen Province and Mui Ne in Binh Thuan Province all have charmed visitors. Apart from this, the central region is renowned for numerous tangible and intangible cultural heritages that have been certified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), including the Phong Nha-Ke … [Read more...] about Central Region Strives To Attract Visitors