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Khanh Hoa cracks down on foreign language billboards

Update: November, 26/2015 - 18:09

A food store on Hung Vuong Street with billboards written in Russian. Only the name and address of the store are written in Vietnamese. — Photo vnexpress.net

KHANH HOA (VNS) — The People's Committee of Khanh Hoa Province has asked authorised agencies to inspect and punish stores in Nha Trang city with billboards written only in foreign languages.

Truong Dang Tuyen, director of the city's department of culture, sports and tourism said that a large number of restaurants, food stores, and beauty salons on Nguyen Thien Thuat, Hung Vuong, Tran Quang Khai, and Nguyen Thi Minh Khai have billboards in Chinese or Russian languages. Only the addresses and names of these stores are written in Vietnamese.

"Recently, the city has received a considerable number of Chinese and Russian tourists, so owners of numerous stores changed the languages written on their billboards and menus to attract more customers," Tuyen said.

The Law on Advertising stipulates that a billboard must include content in both Vietnamese and the foreign language, and must have letters written in the foreign language below and not in larger type than the ones written in Vietnamese.

"We will conduct inspections and ask the stores violating regulations to change their billboards in accordance with the Law on Advertising, but if they violate the regulations again, they will be penalised," Tuyen said.

Apart from being a coastal city, Nha Trang is a political, economic, and cultural hub of Khanh Hoa Province. The city has attracted many foreign tourists, especially Chinese and Russian. — VNS

A food store on Hung Vuong Street with billboards written in Russian. Only the name and address of the store are written in Vietnamese.— Photo vnexpress.net

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