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Sep 23 2011

Vietnam prepares for “four countries – on destination” program

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VietNamNet Bridge – The fact that four countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar join forces to develop tourism is believed to bring new big opportunities to travel firms. However, there are still many things to be done in order to reap the fruits.

New opportunities

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

The participants at the 7th International Tourism Exhibition (ITE) held in HCM City several days ago all forecast a new wave of investments in infrastructure, hotels, resorts and entertainment complexes in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar in the time to come. Therefore, joining forces in the “four countries – one destination” program will clearly help attract more international investors.

The Lao General Department of Tourism said that the country now has 1028 tourism sites which are awaiting investments. Laos allows to have 100 percent foreign ownership ratio in hotels and restaurants, and 30-70 percent foreign ownership ratios in the travel firms. Tourism is the second foreign currency earner, just after to mining, in Laos, where the tourism growth rate has been stable in the last 20 years at 29 percent per annum.

In Myanmar, investors need to have at least 300,000 dollars to set up a legal entity in the service sector. Foreign investors can team up with domestic companies to set up joint ventures, while they have to contribute at least 35 percent of capital. Myanmar now has 36 hotel projects with 6560 hotel rooms, of which 31 projects have been completed.

The international tourism organization has forecast that the tourists in the world tend to flock to South East Asia and East Asia. In 2010, the region surpassed America to become the second biggest region in the world, just after Europe, in terms of the tourists, accounting for 22 percent of the world’s market share. Meanwhile, the figure is expected to increase to 27 percent by 2020.

Statistics show that ASEAN now attracts 36 percent of the total number of tourists worldwide, and 38 percent of the total revenue from tourism industry in the region.

Analysts have also pointed out that joining forces with regional countries to develop tourism is a wise move. The national flag air carrier Vietnam Airlines said that four out of every 10 international tourists to Vietnam tend to visit many different destinations, and three of them choose to visit Laos, Cambodia, or Myanmar.

Great efforts needed

This is not for the first time regional countries sit together to discuss the cooperation for tourism development. Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia once put forward the idea of joining forces to attract tourists. A project on the tourism sustainable development in Mekong sub-region was initiated and funded by ADB, which aimed to develop infrastructure for tourism and push up the sub-regional cooperation. However, the initial achievements remain modest

Therefore, Vietnamese travel firms say they need to prepare well for the “four countries – one nation program). Tran Hung Viet, General Director of Saigontourist, said that the travel firm has conducted a program on surveying the trans-Indochina and Myanmar tours, and has released the publications providing information about the four countries.

Meanwhile, Vietnam Airlines has increased the frequency of the flights on the air routes to Siem Reap, Phnom Penh in Cambodia, and Vientiane in Laos to 106 flights per week from 59 flights currently.

Vuong Dinh Hai from CFIS Vietnam, a foreign investment research center, said that it is necessary to make heavier investment in infrastructure in order to pave the way for tourism development. More and more tourists travel to Vietnam by sea, while cruises still have to dock at cargo ports, because there still are no specific ports for receiving tourists.

Meanwhile, there has been no legal document on the development of the ports for tourism. The overall strategy on seaport development until 2020 also does not show the investment scale and the details of the tourism ports.

Source: TBKTVN

Jan 23 2011

A Vietnamese Visa is required for almost all foreigners.

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1. Tourist visas allow visitors to enter and exit Vietnam at Hanoi, HCMC and Danang air-ports or at any of its twelve land borders, three each with Cambodia and China, and six with Laos.

2. Only citizens of certain countries can visit Vietnam without Vietnam Visa. Those countries include: most citizens of ASEAN countries are no need Vietnam entry visa for visit Vietnam within 30 days; citizens of Korea, Japan & Scandinavians (Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland passport holders) are no need visa to vietnam for visit Vietnam within 15 days. All other citizens are required to get Visa Vietnam before departure (Vietnam entry visa issued prior to departure by Vietnamese consulates or embassies) or a pre-approved Vietnam Visa (visa is issued on arrival at Vietnams International Airports) supplied before arrival in Vietnam.

3. Tourist visas are valid for a single 30-day stay. The government often talks about issuing visas on arrival to certain favoured nationalities, but as yet this sensible scheme has failed to materialise. Arranging the paperwork for a Vietnamese visa has become fairly straightforward, but it remains expensive and unnecessarily time-consuming.

4. It is possible to arrange a visa on arrival through a Vietnamese travel agent. They will need passport details in advance and will send a confirmation for the visa to be issued at your airport of arrival. In Asia the best place to pick up a Vietnamese visa is Cambodia, where it COST A around US$30 and can be arranged the same day. Bangkok is also a popular place as many agents offer cheap packages with an air ticket and visa thrown in.

5. If you plan to spend more than a month in Vietnam, or if you plan to exit Vietnam and enter again from Cambodia or Laos, arrange a three-month multiple-Visa. These cost around US$95 in Cambodia, but are not available from all Vietnamese embassies. In our experience personal appearance influences the reception you receive from airport immigration – if you wear shorts or scruffy clothing, look dirty or unshaven, you can expect problems. Try your best to look ‘respectable’.

Vietnam Visa exemption information:

1. No Vietnam entry Visa required for travel less than 30 days: Citizens of Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Brunei and Laos.

2. No Vietnam Visa required for travel less than 15 days: Citizens of Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.

3. No visa required for travel less than 90 days or several visits within 6 months: Citizens of France holding valid diplomatic or official passports.

4. No Vietnam Visa required for travel less than 60 days: Citizens of Chile holding valid diplomatic or official passports.

5. No Vietnam Visa required for travel less than 60 days: APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) Holders from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies.

6. No Vietnam Visa for traveling to Phu Quoc Island Vietnam : Foreigners and Vietnamese nationals bearing foreign passports who enter Vietnam through an international border gate and then travel to Phu Quoc Island and stay in Phu Quoc less than 15 days will also be exempt from Vietnam entry visa application. Passports must be valid for at least 45 days. After arriving in Phu Quoc Island, if visitors want to travel other localities or stay in the island for more than 15 days, the immigration department will be responsible for issuing visas right on the spot.

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