Vietnam Worries of Unlawful Foreign Tourist Guides

Published on : Sunday, March 9, 2014

download16According to Vietnam’s Law on Tourism that took effect from January 1, 2006, only Vietnamese people and those who live in Vietnam can be licensed as a tourist guide.


Yet, recently, a lot of foreign communities have been illicitly providing the services at many tourist locations around the country.

The reason behind the situation is due to lack of skilled tourist guides, language barrier and loose-fitting management.

Actions of illegal foreign tourist guides have been booming and recently becoming out of control in the central coastal region of Khanh Hoa, around the Po Nagar, a Cham temple tower in Nha Trang City, Nha Trang City, Danang City, and the central province of Quang Nam.

An anonymous director of a travel firm in HCM City said, “It’s dangerous if we are not timely deal with operations of illegal foreign tourists in Vietnam who may not exactly and fully understand Vietnamese history as well as background of the destinations in the country.

Some of them may distort the country’s history and this would affect the national image to foreign people”.

To recover the condition, authorities in several localities have been increasing inspection and clean-up on illegal activities of foreign tourist guides. Several localities have been speeding up their plans to provide language training in Russia, Chinese and Korean for local tourist guides.
Director of the ministry’s Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, Nguyen Van Tuan, advised that localities should provisionally interpret information about their destinations into different languages so as to introduce to foreign tourists while immediately preparing skilled tourist guides.



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