A Department of Tourism will be set up to improve management as the scale of operations in the industry continues to grow, the deputy chairwoman of HCM City's People's Committee, Nguyen Thi Hong, has said.
In addition to buses, the Grand-Ho Tram Strip in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province will transport customers by helicopter.
The District 1 People's Committee has set up a joint inspection team to check the operation of bars in Pham Ngu Lao Ward, which is informally called the "street of foreigners", and fine those establishments that break the rules and create noise in the early hours of the morning.
Many food stalls at HCM City's Tan Son Nhat Airport have been lowering prices since June 26, after the Civil Aviation Administration of Viet Nam issued an ultimatum on overcharging at the airport. Some prices have fallen sharply.
One month after the official launch of river tours to some destinations in HCM City and the Mekong Delta, travel firms said the number of tourists booking these tours remained modest as the destinations were not attractive.
Many local travellers are favouring tours to regional countries like Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. Long-haul tours to Europe, the US, Australia and Canada have also seen high sales.
Hoang Lien Son National Park, which is always attractive to tourists with a multitude of unique and unusual floral species, has been recognised by the Secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as ASEAN Heritage Park.
Visitors to Tri An Lake can enjoy pristine nature, fresh water and the sight of mountains in the Nam Cat Tien National Park seen on the horizon.
As of May 2013, 11 months after a VAT refund progamme was launched, just 3,700 foreign tourists had availed themselves of VAT refunds worth VND12 billion (US$571,000) on their purchases as they left the country via Ha Noi's Noi Bai and HCM City's Tan Son Nhat international airports.
From June 28 to July 3, tourists to Da Nang will have an opportunity to take part in many fun activities including non-motorised paragliding, coracle rides in the sea, and eating and drinking contests.
Anh Duong Co has called for doubling the visa-free stay for Russians to one month to attract more tourists from that country, especially those looking for long vacations.


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