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LUXURY HOTELS FACE RISING COMPETITION

[08-07-2015] Although the number of foreign guests at four- and five-star hotels in the nation’s south rose 10% last year, upscale hotels saw room occupancy and tariffs declining due to mounting competition, Grant Thornton Vietnam said.

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VIETNAM AIRLINES TO LAUNCH NEW PROCESS FOR ONLINE CHECK-IN

[23-06-2015] To facilitate the online check-in procedure, as of June 25, passengers may enjoy the hassle-free check-in using their boarding pass (either printed on paper or displayed on mobile or tablet device), which has been processed through Web/ Mobile check-in, to go straight through security.

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VIETNAM GRANTS VISA EXEMPTION TO FIVE COUNTRIES IN EUROPE

[19-06-2015] Citizens from the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy will now be able enjoy visa exemptions for stays that last no longer than 15 days. According to the recently issued Resolution No 46/NQ-CP, the policy will be in effect for one year, starting from July 1 and ending on June 30, 2016, and applies to all types of passports and immigration reasons, as long as they meet the conditions required by Vietnamese law.

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CAN THO-BANGKOK DIRECT FLIGHTS TO BE LAUNCHED

[18-06-2015] Can Tho authorities have approved the launch of a direct flight route between the city and Bangkok, the provincial People's Committee's Deputy Chairman Dao Anh Dung said on June 16. Dung said he agreed with Vietravel's plan to launch the flight route between the southern city and Bangkok in July and to increase flights between Can Tho and Da Dat in the southern Lam Dong Province.

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VIETNAM LIKELY TO SCRAP VISAS FOR UK, FRANCE, AUSTRALIA AND MORE

[09-06-2015] The Vietnamese government has green-lighted several proposals, including waiving visas for more nations, to revive the country’s troubled tourist industry. The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism have repeatedly called on the government to enact measures to ‘save’ the tourist industry, which has reported declining tourist arrival numbers for 12 months in a row, since May 2014.

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IMMIGRATION RULES RELAXED FOR FOREIGN TOURISTS

[14-05-2015] The Government has further simplified immigration requirements for international visitors in the wake of tour operators’ complaints about discouraging immigration procedures.Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has signed a decision removing the hindrances to issuing visas for foreign travelers, according to the Government’s portal chinhphu.vn.

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JAPAN RELAXES VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR VIETNAM CRUISE TOURISTS

[15-04-2015] Vietnamese passport holders traveling to Japan by ship do not need to get a visa before departure but ask the cruise line to complete procedures for them to obtain a landing visa. According to the Japanese embassy’s updates about new entry procedures for visitors, foreign tourists, inclusive of Vietnamese nationals, on board cruise ships can enjoy the simpler visa application process.

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DRAFT CIRCULAR RAISING VISA FEES INTO VIETNAM

[04-04-2015] Foreigners wanting to stay in Vietnam for more than three months will face a rise in visa fees. According to the draft circular of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) on the regulations on collection, payment, management and usage of fees for visas and passports into Vietnam, fees for obtaining a multiple-entry visa into the country will be strongly increased: