The Hanoitimes - Many South Korean travelers described an impressive experience in Vietnam, for them: “home away from home!” Vietnam opens tourism promotion office in South Korea Vietnam aims to pocket US$30 billion from tourism in 2019 The number of South Korean visitors to Vietnam in 2018 hit 3.48 million, a surge of 44.3% from a year earlier, continuing the upward trend over the past years. South Korean visitors in Vietnam Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are abuzz with Korean culture while beachside destinations like Danang, Hoi An, Nha Trang, and Phu Quoc are tailored for Korean tastes, according to both domestic and foreign media. Reasons attributed to the surge in South Korean visitors are as follows. Firstly, geographical proximity. It takes average five hours to get to Vietnam from South Korea. The short distance is a favorable condition for young people who can save time to enjoy their vacation in the country of both modern and … [Read more...] about Why is Vietnam so attractive to South Korean visitors?
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China has maintained its place as the biggest feeder market of Vietnam’s tourism in recent years, accounting for one third of all international visitors. More than four million Chinese visitors were welcomed last year, up 48.6 percent from the previous year. The surge in Chinese tourists has been a big boost for the local tourism sector because the visitors are also spending more in the country. Survey results released Tuesday by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, reveal the average daily spending by the Chinese increased from $118.6 in 2014 to $130 last year. Compared to other regional countries, the daily spending was below that of Chinese visitors in Thailand ($180), Indonesia ($183) and Singapore ($446). Tourism authorities are working hard to sustain the strong growth in the number of Chinese tourists. Many direct flights connecting Vietnamese major cities with China have been launched over the past years to cater to growing travel … [Read more...] about Vietnam cashes in on spending boom by Chinese tourists
Four immigration officials at a busy Bangkok airport have been demoted after a probe found they were taking bribes from Chinese tourists to fast-track their visa applications, an official said on Tuesday (Oct 9). Chinese visitors make up about a quarter of Thailand's 35 million tourist arrivals a year, making them the kingdom's largest visiting bloc by nationality. (AFP/CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT) The Chinese make up about a quarter of Thailand's 35 million tourist arrivals a year, making them the kingdom's largest visiting bloc by nationality. They usually wait in long lines at busy immigration booths at Don Mueang - one of the two international airports in Bangkok - where they pay 2,000 baht (about US$60) for visas upon arrival. But Major-General Surachate Hakparn, the newly-installed chief of the immigration bureau, told AFP he was tipped off on how some are able to jump the queue. "We recieved the allegations from tourists that they can fast-track their application services … [Read more...] about Thai officials removed for taking ‘tips’ from Chinese tourists
Of them, international visitors are 2.8 million, up 39.5 percent against the same period of last year. Most of visitors to Quang Nam Province, home to the World Heritage Sites of Hoi An Ancient Town and My Son Sanctuary, are from South Korea and China. Nearly 70 percent of total visitors are Chinese and Korean to Cam Thanh water coconut village, 7 kilometers far away from Hoi An ancient town. Deputy Chairman of Cam Thanh commune People’s Committee Nguyen Hung Linh, said out of 1,500 visitors to the village a day, Chinese and South Korean are 1,000. Statistically, the central city of Da Nang received nearly 1 million South Korean and over 500,000 Chinese visitors in first seven months, 107 percent and 36 percent higher than the same period last year respectively. Currently, the frequency of direct flights from China and direct flights from South Korean are 79 and 127 a week in the Da Nang Airport. Additionally, many Chinese travelers come to Vietnam by ships. Chairman of Quang … [Read more...] about Chinese, South Korean tourists flock to Central Vietnam
The Ghanaian university student was roused after midnight by police shouting and pounding on his door in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, where a crackdown on illegal immigration has left many residents of its "Little Africa" neighbourhood feeling scared and angry. After demanding to see his visa, the agents carefully checked his papers before leaving to knock on other doors. The commercial hub has long been a magnet for fortune-seeking Africans, but traders and students say they face unfavourable visa rules and increasingly heavy policing. "They do this because Africans live here," the Ghanaian student told AFP as he stood on a pedestrian bridge in the bustling city, still upset over last summer's after-dark visit. "I was sick of being treated like a criminal. I had to move to another neighbourhood," he said, gesturing at a nearby police station and lamenting that the omnipresent security had made life more complicated. Migration from Africa has risen in recent years as China … [Read more...] about Crackdown shakes Chinese city’s ‘Little Africa’