Different relevant Vietnamese entities were fined and face penalties in the case
A woman seen in a viral Facebook video spreading incorrect information about Vietnamese history to a group of alleged Chinese tourists at a museum in the central city of Da Nang in February has been identified.
The woman in question is Chinese national Wang Jihong, 49, who already left Vietnam on March 2, Tran Chi Cuong, deputy director of the municipal Department of Tourism, confirmed on Tuesday.
Wang appeared in a video uploaded on Facebook on February 28, showing her giving inaccurate explanation of Vietnamese history to a group of visitors at the Da Nang Museum.
The 32-second footage was uploaded to a Facebook group of Chinese-speaking tour guides in Vietnam, with the original poster claiming it was filmed on February 26.
Wang was heard telling four tourists in Chinese that Vietnam had once been a part of China, and that ao dai, the traditional Vietnamese dress, derived from China’s body-hugging cheongsam
It is strictly prohibited to operate as a tour guide without authorization from the museum. Wang was not wearing a tour guide pass at that time.
Now that Wang is no longer in Vietnam, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism plans to ask its Chinese counterpart to consider imposing appropriate penalty on her, Cuong said.
The official added that Wang was given a travel visa in Vietnam via the service of the Da Nang branch of Eviva Tour Vietnam, a local tour operator.
The visa agent now faces fine as it should be held responsible when its customer was found doing work not allowed by her visa.
It has also been identified that the four tourists in the video clip were members of a group of Chinese people who were visiting Da Nang on a package organized by the Uyen - Hung 79 travel agent.
The guide of the trip was Tran A Hung, who has been fined VND12.5 million (US$548) for his negligence, which allowed Wang to tell untrue information about Vietnam to tourists he was responsible for.
Uyen - Hung 79 was also slapped with a VND4 million ($175.3) fine for improper management of business-related documents, following an inspection by the tourism department.