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Tourism sector seeks ways to stop tourist harassment

Officials of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) have asked travel firms to immediately report to VNAT any case of harassment of visitors, so the agency will be able to deal with these cases properly.

Two tourists from Hong Kong sell poscards in HCM City to earn some
money after being robbed.

Travel firms are also requested to send a monthly report on their operation, their proposals and requests for assistance to the VNAT. VNAT’s officials say that these are measures to quickly deal with difficulties of travel firms at present and to improve quality of tourism services.

Harassment over tourists has been reported at some tourist sites. Recently, an American blogger – Matt Kepnes – posted an article entitled “Why I’ll never return to Vietnam” on Huffington Post, telling the black side of Vietnam’s tourism.

VNAT’s Vice head Nguyen Manh Cuong said that the domestic tourism industry has been improved in recent years but there are still some problems. The top solution of VNAT is raising the responsibility of tourism officials and local governments which have tourist attractions.

Le Ha

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