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Tourist harassment to be reported

As part of its efforts to crack down on harassment of tourists, the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism has instructed travel firms to report all such instances. The efforts follow a story by Matt Kepnes, an American blogger, titled “Why I’ll never return to Viet Nam” in a US newspaper, listing the problems he faced in Viet Nam.

VNAT deputy director general Nguyen Manh Cuong said though the tourism industry has improved in recent years some problems remain. One of the measures to curb these problems is increasing the responsibility of tourism officials and local authorities, he said.

* Provinces link hands for tourism 

Dozens of provinces will join a tourism stimulus programme initiated by the HCM City Tourism Association to boost travel demand.

Nguyen Thi Khanh, deputy chairwoman of the association, said that the Tourism Association of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta and travel firms and hotels in 12 provinces and cities have promised to reduce prices by around 30 per cent.

Thua Thien-Hue, Nghe An, and Binh Thuan Provinces and Da Nang will also join. Given the large-scale participation, the prices of domestic tours announced earlier by the HCM City Tourism Association and Viet Nam Airlines can be cut by a further 30 per cent.

VietNamNet/Viet Nam News

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