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New rules set to put most tour guides out of work

25/11/2017 09:24
New rules could push thousands of freelance tourist guides out of work next year, creating a serious shortage in the industry, experts warn.   A tour guide at Thien Cung Cave, Ha Long Bay in northern Quang Ninh Province. - VNA/VNS Photo Tran Viet They say that the provisions on issuing tourist guide licenses in the Law on Tourism set impractical conditions that freelancers will not be able to meet, pushing them out of work, worsening the current shortage. The Law on Tourism stipulates that tourist guides should have labour contracts with authorized travel agencies, tour operators or firms providing tour-guide services; or be a member of a professional tour guide organisation. In addition, tour guides must have a contract or equivalent document on every trip.       Currently, carrying a tour guide card is the only requirement. New rules are needed Officials of the Viet Nam National Administration of...

South Korea to issue e-visas for Vietnam tourists

20/11/2017 09:55
South Korea will loosen visa requirements and issue e-visas for Vietnamese visitors as the number of Vietnamese tourists to the Northeast Asian nation is growing significantly. Le Thi Thu Trang, marketing director of the Korea Tourism Organization in Vietnam, said there have been 303,000 Vietnamese visiting Korea so far this year and the number may reach 330,000 at the end of this year, up by 90,000 over last year. Korea will grant e-visas for buyers of incentive tours, allow more companies to carry out e-visa procedures and offer tourists a visa-free stay in Seoul for five days if they travel to Jeju island previously. Trang told the Daily on November 15 that Vietnam ranks sixth among Korea’s biggest source markets. New policies are expected to be adopted next year to further expand the market. In July, Korea accredited 35 travel companies in Vietnam, meaning Vietnamese tourists visiting Korea via these firms could get visas faster. Normally it takes eight days to apply for a visa,...

The Quintessence of Tonkin comes on stage in Hanoi

10/11/2017 15:27
Paradise Group, one of the leading providers of luxury hospitality services in Vietnam, has introduced a live entertainment show to be held at the Baara Land Entertainment Complex in Quoc Oai District in Hanoi City. The show called “The Quintessence of Tonkin” will be staged from 7:30 p.m. every night except Tuesday, taking audiences through a journey to explore the rich cultural values and daily life of Vietnam’s Northern Delta and watch striking water puppet performances featuring stories attached to the venerable monk Tu Dao Hanh who has been well-known for his humility and generosity towards the poor. Legend has it that Hanh invented water puppetry to depict the lives of the rural population. Since then, this art form has become a part of Vietnam’s cultural and spiritual life. Arranged on an interactive stage with the support of modern technology and a stunning setting, the show features a slew of traditional art forms and ritual practices of the northern delta, such as ca tru...
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