In recent years, more young people have volunteered to offer free guidance to tourists, particularly foreigners, in several touristy cities in Vietnam, which helps create a friendlier image for the country’s tourism sector. The cheery young volunteers, mostly students from local universities, have celebrated their passion for tourism and love for the cities where they are living by launching groups or clubs offering free-of-charge tourist guidelines. One of the latest groups is "Ask Me Anything," which became operational in Hanoi in early April, Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) reported. While showing tourists around places of interest in the capital city, the members wear uniforms bearing the group’s name and a large board that says, "Hi. We speak English, French and Japanese. Just feel free to ask us any questions that you may have." Tran Van Tien, the group’s founder, who runs two cafés in the capital’s foreigner-frequented downtown area, … [Read more...] about Youths act as free tour guides for foreigners in Vietnam’s popular locations
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Editor’s note: A foreign reader sent this story to Tuoi Tre News, narrating his own experience dealing with the customs officers who purportedly demanded money from passengers on their leaving Vietnam at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Harry Hightower said he managed to avoid losing money to the customs officers thanks to the warnings he had learned from travel guide sources, as he recalled in the following story, which exclusively reflects his own view and experience. I'm so glad that Tuoi Tre News published the article "Passengers beware! Customs officers reportedly wrest money for gifts taken out of Vietnam" to bring to light the bribery that the customs officers demanded from travelers. You can include this issue among the many that you've very well documented in the recent articles regarding the decline of Vietnam’s tourism industry. I would be very surprised if the executives don't know about [what the customs officers did]. It's bad … [Read more...] about Foreigner recalls how he disappointed money-demanding customs officers in Vietnam
VietNamNet Bridge - 2015 was the first year in the past six years that the number of international visitors to Vietnam fell, reaching 7.9 million people. In addition to factors from economic fluctuations in the global situation, we can say that Vietnam's tourism needs a judicious investment and development plan. Many experts said that Vietnam has great potential to achieve a higher position on the world tourism map. Desirable advantage According to a report assessing the competitiveness of tourism in 2015 by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Vietnam ranked 75th out of 141 countries and territories and ranked 33rd in the category of natural and cultural resources. Foreign tourists highly appreciated Vietnam for the richness of the scenery, as many people say this is "a nation that has everything": majestic mountains, bustling cities, cultural destinations, wonderful beaches, pristine islands, excellent cuisine ... In 2015 Son Doong Cave was internationally known through the Good … [Read more...] about How should the gold mine of Vietnam tourism be explored?
Nhan Dan Online - The Vietnam Women's Museum topped the list of 80 most attractive tourist destinations in Hanoi in 2012, according to TripAdvisor, the world's largest tourism website. With a rating of 4.5 out of a possible 5 stars over the past 12 months, the Women's Museum is very proud to have been awarded a 2012 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor. The award is given to destinations that maintain an average rating of four stars or higher in the TripAdvisor ranking system, based specialist assessments, as well as tourist comments and reviews over a period of 12 months. TripAdvisor helps people gather travel information and also posts travel-related reviews and opinions, in addition to engaging in interactive travel forums. It currently operates in 30 nations and has created the world's biggest tourism community. The website welcomes around 60 million tourists and receives more than 75 million comments and feedback responses every month. … [Read more...] about Vietnam Women’s Museum named most attractive tourist destination in Hanoi
The Vietnam Tourism Development Strategy to 2020, with a vision to 2030, defines that Malaysia is a key tourist market of Vietnam where Vietnam needs to speed up tourism promotion to increase Malaysian visitors to Vietnamese attractions. No breakthrough in Malaysian tourist arrivals to Vietnam Defining Malaysia as a top tourist market, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has accelerated tourism promotion activities and diversified products for the Malaysian market in recent years. Many tourism promotion events have been carried out in Malaysia, like hosting Vietnam Night on Langkawi Island in the framework of the ASEAN Tourism Forum (2005), attending annual MATTA Trade Fairs held by the Malaysia National Travel Association (MATTA), broadcasting Vietnam tourism on tourism channels in Malaysia, joining roadshows in Kuala-Lumpur and investment - trade - tourism promotion workshops hosted by the Embassy of Vietnam in Malaysia. In addition to promotion activities hosted … [Read more...] about Malaysia- Key Tourism Market for Vietnam