Tourism Vietnam to Get Tough on Zero-Dong Tours

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The head of the Việt Nam National Administration of Tourism, Nguyễn Văn Tuấn, tells Kinh tế & Đô thị (Economic and Urban Affairs; a newspaper) that localities need tailored mechanism to curb low-quality zero-dollar tours.

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Nguyễn Văn Tuấn

“Zero-đồng tours” have re-emerged in tourist attractions in Việt Nam for Chinese travellers. Although free of charge, travel firms earn money from the exorbitant prices tourists are charged at certain shops. The “zero-đồng tours” are of poor quality and have a negative impact on tourism. What has been done to curb them?

“[VNAT] and inspectors from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism plan to propose […] mechanisms to address such violations. For now, tour operators and owners of 15 stores offering goods for Chinese only will be fined heavily or have their business licences revoked.

“In the longer term, we propose improving the Law on Tourism with additional sanctions for tourism mismanagement. Higher fines are recommended and even criminal charges, depending on the seriousness of the violations. VNAT will strengthen co-operation with its Chinese counterpart to ensure the rights and benefits of tourists traveling between the two countries.”

Full story at Vietnam News.

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