decree requires tour operators to post deposit
HA NOI — Tour
enterprises will be required to pay a VND250 million (US$15,625) deposit when
registering to provide tours for foreign travellers, under Decree No
92/2007/ND-CP recently issued by the Government.
The amount of the deposit
was set at half of the original level proposed by the Viet Nam National
Administration of Tourism in earlier drafts of the regulation.
The deposit was intended
to cover damages to tourists in the event an enterprise violates its tour
contracts as well as to cover risks of customers who do not carry travel
The decree also stipulates
that a domestic tour business operator have at least three years’ experience
and that an international tour operator have at least four years.
Regulations on other
activities of tourism enterprises, including tourism promotions, providing
travel classes or tour guides, and maintaining statistics on the numbers of
tourists, are provided for in the decree.
travel services for foreign tourists were also ordered to hire staff who are
licensed as international tour guides and stipulates conditions for issuing
guide cards that supersede previous regulations on the issue in 24 months
following issuance of the new decree.
seeking to open a representative office or branch in Viet Nam would have to
prove their business bona fides and that they have been involved in the tour
business for at least five years.
In the first five months
of this year, Viet Nam attracted 1.8 million foreign tourists, up 12.4 per cent
year-on-year, according to the General Statistics Office. In May alone, inbound
foreign arrivals amounted to 304,000, up 11.7 per cent.
More foreign tourists
hailed from South Korea than from any other country, with about 223,000 arriving
from South Korea in the first part of the year. — VNS