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Quick attempts to help stranded Russian tourists return home.

Update: February, 01/2012 - 17:35

HA NOi - More than 100 of the 309 Russian tourists left stranded in Viet Nam by a Russian tour company that unexpectedly shut down, returned home yesterday with the assistance of authorities in central coastal Binh Thuan Province and the Russian Consul General in HCM City.

The remaining tourists are expected to return to Russia by Wednesday.

Visitors staying at 17 different hotels and resorts in Binh Thuan Province were left stranded after the sudden closure of Lanta Tour Voyage, one of Russia's biggest travel companies.

Yesterday, a representative of Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism had worked with authorities in Binh Thuan and Russian Consul General to find a the solution.

"We are co-operating with Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism and the Russian Consul General to help Russian visitors return as quick as possible." said Tam, vice chairman of Binh Thuan People's Committee.

The Russian Consul General has taken responsibility for asking Russian tourists to share costs with Vietnamese tourist companies by paying part or all of tourist packages which were signed by Lanta Tour Voyage.

About VND7 billion (about US$350,000) is the amount of money which must be paid by Russian visitors, said Tam.

Any Russian stranded tourist who wants to leave Viet Nam earlier is required to see the Russian Consul General for assistance.

According to Tam, Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, Binh Thuan People's Committee and the Russian Consul General will work directly with the Chief Executive Officer of Lanta Viet Travel, a representative company of Lanta Tour Voyage, to discuss the issue this afternoon. - VNS

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