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Update: Sunday, November 13, 2005
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Mr. Vu The Binh, Head of Travel Department - the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, talks about the new Law on Tourism.


What new regulations does the new law present compared to the Ordinance on Tourism?

The Law on Tourism advocates greater discipline and professionalism, with improved regulations on tourism operators. Under the new law, travel companies no longer have to pay a security, but for domestic travels firms, managers must have at least three years of experience, four for international travel firms. The law also separates international and domestic travel into two types: those bringing foreign tourists into Vietnam and those taking Vietnamese tourists abroad.


Why do we need this separation?

Because each requires a different management mechanism: firms with international travel licences may also operate in domestic travel, but domestic firms are not allowed to operate in international travel. The law also clearly defines that travel agents are only permitted to sell tours of travel companies to visitors, not organize their own tourism programmes.


What new regulations are there for tour guides under the new law?

The law has supplemented new regulations on tour guides, classifying them as either international or domestic guides, or ?introducers?. International tour guides can guide international and domestic tourists, while domestic tour guides can only guide Vietnamese visitors.

The role of introducer is new, and refers to those people who provide on the spot guiding, for example at tourist sites only, rather than accompanying visitors in a tour. Tour-guide cards are valid for 3 years, after which, tour guides must participate in training classes to gain a new card.


Many tourist sites and projects that have developed spontaneously recently are not suitable with comprehensive tourism planning. Does the Law on Tourism mention this issue?

The law clearly stipulates tourist zones at national and local levels, based on the area, available tourism resources, infrastructure, and material facilities to serve a certain number of tourists, depending on classification as national or local zones.

To be recognized as a national tourism route, roads must link major tourist zones. Such regulations are meaningful for the formation of tourist zones, routes, and sites under the Master Tourism Planning to 2010.


(Source: VIR)

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