Published on : Wednesday, December 9, 2015
The number of Japanese and Korean tourists have increased in Vietnam. According to the HCMC statistics 150 Japanese and 12 Korean speaking tour guides certified late last year year. Considering the growing number of Japanese and Korean visitors more than 612,600 Japanese came to Vietnam in January-November, up 3.5% year-on-year, while Korean arrivals soared 30.5% to around 998,240 in the period.
In addition, more Vietnamese have traveled to Japan in recent months, so local travel firms have aggressively searched for Japanese-speaking guides to take Vietnamese to Japan, making life tougher for travel firms to employ qualified tour guides to serve their Japanese guests in Vietnam.
Many travel agencies told the HCMC Department of Tourism that Japanese and Korean-speaking guides often demand high wages due to a serious undersupply of guides.
Nguyen Minh Quyen, chairman of the tour guide club under the HCMC Tourism Association, said tour guides proficient in Japanese and Korean are in severely short supply.
Quyen said local tourism companies pay US$30-40 for Japanese-speaking guides each in a one-day tour program but the wage might be higher for seasoned and part-time guides. But some freelance guides would unilaterally cancel their signed contracts with travel firms if they are paid higher by other firms.