Visa debate aside, there are deep-rooted problems Vietnam should deal with to improve its tourism competitiveness, like traffic danger and poor services.
Foreign air passenger numbers through 22 Vietnamese airports in October fell 61.8% against pre-pandemic levels to 1.3 million amid slow international tourism recovery.
Readers said Vietnam should offer longer visa stays now to serve year-end winter escape and not lose money to regional competitors.
With tourism activities returning, Vietnam addresses the skilled labour shortage facing the tourism workforce as travel demand outstrips labour supply.
Authorities in Hue in central Vietnam have agreed to spend VND20 billion ($844,100) to renovate a dragon-shaped water park, left abandoned for years, into a public park.
Authorities in Vietnam’s capital have ordered the temporary closure of one of the city’s most popular attractions, a 300-meter stretch of railway narrowly bordered by cafes, restaurants and shops.
In a bid to attract more tourists from the lucrative Indian market, Vietnam has launched non-stop flights from Mumbai and New Delhi to tourist haven Phu Quoc Island in southern Vietnam.
Most famous tourist destinations like Phu Quoc and Da Lat saw fewer tourists during the four-day National Day weekend but huge crowds thronged the northern mountains.
Vietnam welcomed 1.44 million international arrivals during the first eight months of 2022, Vietnam News Agency reported on Monday, quoting Government Statistics Office data.
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung proposed expanding visa exemption for tourists from the U.S., Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India to boost sector recovery.
Readers weigh in on the bad and ugly of tourism in Da Lat and Vietnam in general, especially rogue tour guides who terrorize tourists.
Cambodia and Vietnam have agreed to boost cooperation to promote tourism in the countries’ seaside border provinces by the end of this year.
Vietnam sent the highest number of visitors to Cambodia in the first half of this year after its neighbor lifted all Covid restrictions, including pre-departure tests.
Tourism experts suspect Vietnam will not be able to fulfill its target of welcoming five million foreign tourists this year, citing visa policies as a key challenge.
Villagers in remote Dien Bien Phu are looking to traditional homestays to encourage tourism without overdevelopment.
Monkeys riding dogs and bears wearing tutus, while driving a buggy. These kind of stunts might make a few tourists laugh at one Vietnamese resort, but others call it ‘torture island’.
Vietnamese logger turned jungle tour guide Ngoc Anh knows the value of trees.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday it had dropped its “Do Not Travel” Covid-19 recommendations for about 90 international destinations including Vietnam.
With major feeder markets like China and Japan still imposing strict entry restrictions, the number of foreign tourists visiting Vietnam has remained relatively low.
Mekong Delta capital Can Tho will open a pedestrian street of one kilometer beside the Hau River, a branch of the Mekong.
It is sad that Vietnam prefers to make excuses for issues that have plagued its tourism industry for years instead of fixing them.
Vietnam is one of six top countries with the highest vaccine coverage rate, but it is still “timid” and “lacks confidence” in reopening international tourism, an expert says.
Vietnam is one of the most visited countries in Southeast Asia. Before the pandemic shutting the international borders of countries around the world, Vietnam was regularly competing with Thailand for being the most popular destination in the entire region.
The largest Vietnamese travel agency for Russian tourists has temporarily suspended its services for the market as a fallout of Western sanctions imposed on Russia.
Vietnam on March 15 fully reopened for international tourism after almost two years. However, when the date arrived, there was confusion as entry procedures, visa requirements, etc were not released by the relevant government agencies.
The Ministry of Health said Wednesday foreigners entering Vietnam only need to furnish a negative Covid-19 test certificate and are not required to quarantine.