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Favourable visa policy urged to draw tourists

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Experts are calling for a favourable visa policy to attract foreign tourists, saying that it should be a priority.

Favourable visa policy urged to draw tourists hinh anh 1Tourists visit The Huc bridge, Ngoc Son temple in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – Experts are calling for a favourable visa policy to attract foreign tourists, saying that it should be a priority.

Last year, Vietnam welcomed over 3.66 million foreign visitors, or over 73% of the target. This year’s figure is set at 8 million, which is an uneasy task.

The number of foreign arrivals reached 3.7 million in the first four months of this year, hence, the tourism sector must race to meet the goal.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, together with several foreign diplomatic missions in Vietnam, the European Chamber of Commerce, the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, the Vietnam Business Forum, the Tourism Advisory Board and the Private Economic Development Research Board (Board IV) also made proposals for a more favourable visa policy to improve the competitiveness of Vietnam’s tourism industry.

Suggested changes in the visa policy are related to the amendment and supplementation of several articles of the Law on Entry and Exit of Vietnamese Citizens and the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam.

If approved, the new entry and visa policies will extend the temporary stay of foreigners from 15 days to 45 days and the validity of e-visas from 30 days to a maximum of 90 days, for single or multiple entries.

Favourable visa policy urged to draw tourists hinh anh 2At a book street in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: VNA)


The sector will have about three months to popularise changes in visa policy to the European and American markets, thus attracting visitors in the upcoming tourism season starting from October.

Pham Ha, Chairman of LUX Group, suggested that in addition to the proposed changes in visa policy, Vietnam should consider offering a golden visa or special visa with a validity of 1 year or 5 years to attract long-stay visitors, especially retirees./. 

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/favourable-visa-policy-urged-to-draw-tourists/253782.vnp

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Ha Nam becomes bright spot on Vietnam’s tourism map

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Ha Nam province’s tourism sector has achieved remarkable results in the post Covid-19 pandemic, with visitor numbers to the northern locality continually setting new records.

Ha Nam boasts favourable conditions for the development of typical tourist products in the Red River Delta. The province is home to many historical, cultural, spiritual, and religious sites.

They possess unique advantages, helping the province reshape its tourism industry and develop more offerings for visitors.

The number of tourists to Ha Nam reached over 3.8 million in the first half of this year, nearly double the number in the same period last year and fulfilling nearly 90% of its annual plan.

Total revenue from tourism was estimated at nearly 114 million USD, or more than double the figure posted in the same period of 2022.

To continue to be a bright spot on Vietnam’s tourist map, Ha Nam is focusing on building a number of typical tourism products, attracting investment in eco-spiritual, resort, and entertainment tourism. It is also trying to connect tours and tourist routes with others elsewhere around Vietnam to create better links for tourism development./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/ha-nam-becomes-bright-spot-on-vietnams-tourism-map/265608.vnp

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Promoting heritage value of Phong Nha -Ke Bang National Park ​

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The Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh province has twice been honored as a World Natural Heritage site. This is a testament to its unique geomorphology and global tourism value, as well as countless efforts of Vietnam to increase awareness in the process of international integration.

Over the past two decades, Quang Binh has worked hard to preserve cultural heritage values of the national park toward the goal of sustainable development.

The management board of the national park has actively cooperated with domestic and foreign organizations to carry out scientific projects to preserve the heritage for the local socio-economic development.

In 2003, experts from the Royal British Cave Association discovered Son Doong – the world’s largest cave in the park. The site is important in caving research in the region, promoting the image of Phong Nha-Ke Bang around the world.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park has three forms of tourism, including self-exploration, joint venture businesses, and leasing of forest environment services.

The development of tourism services has attracted an increasing number of visitors to the site. In order to ensure both tourism development and sustainable heritage conservation, the park management board is monitoring and assessing the impact of tourism activities on the caves to mitigate negative impacts on the heritage./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/promoting-heritage-value-of-phong-nha-ke-bang-national-park/265604.vnp

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Over 3,000 int’l visitors come to Hanoi for BlackPink concert

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The Hanoi Department of Tourism on August 5 announced that out of 70,000 peopple flocking to Korean girl band Blackpink’s concert at the Hanoi-based My Dinh National Stadium on July 29 and 30, over 3,000 ones are international visitors.

Over 3,000 int'l visitors come to Hanoi for BlackPink concert hinh anh 1Blackpink‘s performance at My Dinh stadium in Hanoi late last month. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – The Hanoi Department of
Tourism on August 5 announced that out of 70,000 peopple
flocking to Korean girl band Blackpink’s concert at the Hanoi-based My Dinh National Stadium on July 29 and 30, over 3,000 ones are international visitors.

The foreign visitors are mostly from China, Canada, Thailand,
Japan, and Malaysia while Vietnamese fans of Blackpinks are mainly from Hanoi, Ho Chi
Minh City, Hai Phong, Da Nang, and Nha Trang.

During the period, city tour service providers with double-decker buses saw a significantly increased number of clients.
Particularly, the number of service users who booked
online tickets from July 29 to July 31 rose 15% compared to the
previous days. Some hotels, especially in the
areas in the district of Thanh Xuan and Cau Giay around My the Dinh National Stadium
posted a 20% increase in room occupancy compared to the previous weekends.

Search volume for booking in Hanoi during the two days of
BlackPink concert through international booking websites grew by ten
times compared to the previous week, according to Agoda.

The average occupancy rate of the hotels in July 2023 reached 60.8%, up 19.2% over the same period in 2022.

From July 28 to 30, the number of visitors to Hanoi’s tourist
destinations increased by 15-20% compared to the same
period last year.

Specifically, the Temple of Literature – Quoc Tu Giam
welcomed more than 9,600 visitors, the Thang Long Imperial Citadel more than 8,000
visitors, and Bao Son Paradise Park 7,000 visitors.

On July 29 – 30, the total number of tourists to Hanoi
reached more than 170,000, including more than 30,000 international tourists. The city’s total revenue from tourism reached 630 billion VND (25.54 million USD)./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/over-3000-intl-visitors-come-to-hanoi-for-blackpink-concert/265689.vnp

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