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Authorities to amend tourism law to protect travelers

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism will receive suggestions on the amendment and supplement of different articles in tourism policies from now until June before making a proposal to the National Assembly in March next year, said Dr Trinh Xuan Dung from the organization at a conference on tourism policy held last Wednesday.

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.

Also at the conference, Huynh Tan Vinh, chairman of the Da Nang Tourism Association said that the protection of tourists should be a part of tourism policy.

It is necessary to have tourism police to protect travelers’ rights, especially after foreign tourists have recently reported many scams and rips-offs. which may damage the image of Vietnamese tourism.

He said the law also needs to employ a one-price policy for famous attractions so that foreigners pay the same as locals.

Vinh also appealed for more government attention to tourism as it is one of the main industries in Vietnam.

“The amount of money hotels have to spend on electricity, water and taxes is the highest in the service field. The government needs to implement a policy to support tourism businesses,” said Vinh.

Nguyen Phuong Mai from the Thua Thien-Hue Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said the management of tour guides is very loose at the moment. Even the local department of Culture, Sports and Tourism does not keep track of the guides to whom they issue working licenses.

Mai also proposed supplementing the management of overnight boats and ships after accidents have caused a couple to sink over the past year.

VietNamNet/Tuoi Tre

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