Unsafe boats to be suspended operation: Ministry

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism has just sent a document to municipal and provincial people’s committees asking to guarantee the safety of tourists who travel on boats.

Rescuers try to find tourists who are on the boat capsize in Han River (Photo: SGG)

The document said that lately, several serious accidents took place in river; for instance, the ship carrying foreign tourists burst into flames in Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh on May 6 and the ship capsized in Han River in the central city of Da Nang on June 4. These accidents resulted in losses and deaths.

This may cause concerns among Vietnamese and international holiday-makers leading to negative impacts on the country’s image and tourism sector.

To address the government’s management and ensure tourists’ safety in travelling in rivers, the Ministry urged chairpersons of people’s committees across the country to tighten regulation of river traffic.

In addition, related agencies should quickly check the quality of tourist boats and harbors. Authorities must be determined to suspend the operation of the low quality of tourist boats.

By Mai An – translated by Anh Quan

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