Vietnamese lawmakers back new tourism fund, reject controversial hotel surcharge International

Vietnam’s legislative body, the National Assembly, on Monday passed several amendments to the Law on Tourism but rejected a controversial proposal for a hotel surcharge on foreign guests. It still appeared as a victory for tourism officials as a brand new tourism development fund that they had been campaigning for over the past few years […]

Vietnam province celebrates heritage week with free entry to popular ancient town International

By VnExpress  &nbspJune 8, 2017 | 05:00 pm GMT+7 Hoi An Ancient Town sparkles in late evening. Photo by VnExpress Take in a world biosphere reserve, ancient Hindu temples and the old town itself all free of charge. Quang Nam Province in central Vietnam will be offering free tickets to the popular tourist town of […]

Don’t let them leave: Vietnam advised to act fast as clock ticking on visa-free travel International

Vietnam’s Tourism Advisory Board has said the current visa exemptions for citizens of select European countries should be renewed for five years and that eligible visitors should be allowed to stay a whole month, instead of only 15 days. This scheme, if not extended, will expire on June 30, affecting travelers from France, Germany, Italy, […]

Money talks: Vietnam’s tourism boss envies cash-rich Asian neighbors International

Vietnam’s tourism minister has urged lawmakers to establish a new fund for promotional campaigns, saying the country needs to spend much more than its current annual budget of $2.5 million to impress tourists. The tourism fund would come under the revised Tourism Law which is being reviewed by around 500 lawmakers during a month-long session […]

Saigon’s post office, wartime tunnels voted into top Asian landmarks International

Ho Chi Minh City once again proved itself a must-visit place in Asia as travelers named its network of wartime tunnels and a 130-year-old post office among the top 25 landmarks of the region. TripAdvisor travelers have also picked from the ancient Angkor temples, the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, the Buddhist temples […]

Move over Rome: Summer travelers turn to Saigon, Mumbai for fresh experience International

More travelers are looking outside their comfort zones and off the beaten paths for their summer vacations, a trend that is catapulting lesser known cities such as Saigon and Mumbai into new stardom. A MarketWatch report, citing data from American Express, showed that bookings to Vietnam’s largest city in April and May increased a whopping […]

Hanoi, Saigon plan hotel expansions as foreign arrivals continue to rise International

Foreign arrivals in Vietnam continued to surge in May, and the hospitality sector in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City already has plans to prepare for more. Vietnam received nearly 973,000 foreign tourists in May, up 27 percent from a year ago, according to figures from the General Statistics Office. Arrivals increased from all major […]