More cruise ships from China coming to Viet Nam Dao Loan By Dao Loan - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – International cruise ships taking tourists from China to Vietnam are picking up, including huge vessels like SuperStar Aquarius, SuperStar Gemini and Henna that make scheduled visits. Such cruise ships will arrive at tourist attractions in the northern and central regions like Halong, Danang and Thua Thien-Hue. According to Doan Manh Linh, head of the travel division at Quang Ninh Province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the number of cruise ship passengers to Halong is high between last September and April, with three to four ships carrying 5,000-6,000 tourists coming on some days. Most travelers are from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The number of ships departing from ports near Quang Ninh Province is rising as well, Linh added. Saigontourist Travel Service Company served 152 cruise ships from China last year, accounting for over 82% of the total … [Read more...] about More cruise ships from China coming to Viet Nam
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Last week, Viet Nam News asked its readers about anticipated visa fee reductions, which will lower the price by half for foreign passport holders and overseas Vietnamese. Here are some of their comments. W.A. Arrindell (Willem), Rotterdam, The Netherlands Viet Nam's plan to cut visa fees is a good idea. This will quite likely encourage more visitors to Viet Nam. The question as to whether this cut will also lead to greater investments overall is a complicated matter that involves several microeconomic and macroeconomic factors that are difficult for me to grasp because I am not an economist. However, besides lowering visa fees, Viet Nam should also take into account that experiences and observations made by visitors who are presently in the country could influence the number of foreigners who will likely visit Viet Nam in the next couple of years. I will address only three in this brief contribution: poverty, criminality due to poverty, and hygiene in the food industry and on the … [Read more...] about Visa fee reduction a positive start to attract more visitors to Viet Nam
Visa exemptions to take effect Foreign tourist numbers start to recover Visas waived for Vietnamese expatriates Tourists say visa waiver too short Call to extend visa-free status for W. Europe Your Say, published every Friday, lets readers express their opinions on a topic or issue raised by the editor. Next week: Viet Nam cuts visa fees. What do you think about that? Visa fees for foreign passport holders and overseas Vietnamese will be lowered by half in an effort to encourage visitors amid recent revenue struggles. Starting November 23, 2015 the single-entry visa will cost US$25 instead of the current $45, whereas the fee for multiple-entry visas with validity of less than three months will go down from $95 to $50. For tourists who enter Viet Nam and continue travelling to Laos and Cambodia, then come back to Viet Nam to return to their home countries within a month, the visa fee is $5 instead of $45 as currently charged. Do you think the visa reduction will encourage tourists … [Read more...] about Do you think the visa reduction will encourage tourists to come to Viet Nam?
The Indian Consul General Abhay Thakur last week said there was good potential to make more direct flights between Viet Nam and India, and visa facilitation for Vietnamese travellers to the South Asian nation. Speaking at the presentation Incredible India: Buddhist Destination on, Abhay Thakur, stressed Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's announcement during his visit to Viet Nam in October that the country would grant visas on arrival to nationals of Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos and the Philippines from beginning of next year. "There are at least 28,000 people travelling between India and Viet Nam every year, or about 540 travellers every week," Thakur said at the opening of the presentation, which was attended by leading tour operators, tourism and hospitality companies. Thakur said there was a good chance direct flights would be increased to two or three times weekly between the two countries. "It will make it easier for Vietnamese to travel to India," he said. Currently, AirAsia, … [Read more...] about India tempts more travellers from Viet Nam
VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam's status as Southeast Asia's fastest growing tourism destination is reflected in new statistics that show Australian visitors are flocking to the country like never before. The Australians have cultivated a reputation for being voracious travellers, but traditionally, they have looked to Indonesia – particularly Bali – Fiji and Thailand when making plans to explore other parts of the Asia-Pacific region. While these locations are still very popular, data from some of Viet Nam's top hotels, as well as Viet Nam's National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), the country's tourism authority, show that growing numbers are choosing to spend their vacation in Viet Nam. HCM City's iconic Caravelle Hotel has seen a twofold increase in visitors from Australia this year while the Sofitel Legend Metropole Ha Noi, perhaps the capital city's most prestigious address, has reported a 48 per cent rise over the past 12 … [Read more...] about Australian tourists favour Viet Nam