PM calls for more protection of foreign tourists

With a continuing slump in international tourism in Vietnam, the Prime Minister has asked related departments and agencies to step up on better management in the tourism industry and protection of international and domestic holidaymakers from harassment of any kind.

Tourists make a trip around Ho Chi Minh ctiy (Photo: Cat Tuong)

In the first six months of the year, around 3.5 million international travelers came to Vietnam, an increase of 2.6 percent compared to the same period last year.

However, the country’s tourism image has been marred by street vendors, beggars, and various other crimes at tourist destinations such as Hanoi, Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh; Vung Tau Beach in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau; Nha Trang Beach in the central province of Khanh Hoa; and Da Lat in the highland province of Lam Dong.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has been asked to implement stricter penalties on criminals and the Ministry of Public Security is setting up a tourism police force that will speak fluent English and monitor unfriendly behavior of locals at tourist hot spots.

The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs has been requested to curb the epidemic of beggars and street vendors who surround foreign holidaymakers and resort to tricks to lure and tempt tourists to buy their goods.

By Lam Nguyen - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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