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​Authorities fight against overcharging during weekend holiday in Vietnam

​Authorities fight against overcharging during weekend holiday in Vietnam

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 16:41 GMT+7

Authorities in tourist cities and provinces across Vietnam have prepared multiple measures to deal with traffic jams and prevent visitors from being overcharged during the long holiday marking the Reunification Day (April 30) and International Labor Day (May 1).

The hiking number of tourists often leads to increasing cost of tourism services in many destinations in the country, prompting competent authorities to tighten their management over such activities to protect the benefits of visitors.

In the beach city of Quy Nhon in the south-central province of Binh Dinh, all hotels have been required to list their prices, said Huynh Cao Nhat, deputy director of the provincial Department of Tourism.

A team of inspectors is tasked with conducting regular inspection at famous tourist areas in the locality, Nhat continued.

Visitors are able to make complaints and report violations via the department’s hotline of 0935 675 909, which is open around the clock during the holiday.

The provincial Department of Transport will also apply certain measures to ensure traffic safety for tourists on local streets and along inland water routes.

Ky Co Beach in Quy Nhon City, located in the south-central province of Binh Dinh. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Ky Co Beach in Quy Nhon City, located in the south-central province of Binh Dinh. Photo: Tuoi Tre

According to the tourism department in the north-central province of Quang Binh, home to some of the most fascinating caves in the country including Son Doong, over 30,000 people arrived in the province on Saturday, the first of the weekend holiday, up 15 percent year-on-year.

Nearly 300 hotels with about 10,000 beds have also been fully booked as of the evening.

Officers have been mobilized to popular places and are ready to deal with such violations as overcharging of local diners, restaurants, and parking lots.

Minimizing traffic jams

It is common for most hotels and homestays in downtown Da Lat, a tourist town in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, to be packed with visitors during this festive time of the year.

The high number of tourists place enormous pressure on local traffic infrastructure.

Tourists gather at a famous statue in the north-central province of Quang Binh. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Tourists gather at a famous statue in the north-central province of Quang Binh. Photo: Tuoi Tre

In order to minimize congestion, all traffic officers have been tasked with controlling traffic along major routes in the city, said Lieutenant Colonel Mai Xuan Hue, deputy chief of the municipal traffic police division.

A series of measures have also been taken to ensure quality of tourism services at the same time preventing travelers from being overcharged and scammed.

New services

Restaurants, hotels, and relaxation and entertainment centers in the Nha Trang, a beach city in south-central Khanh Hoa Province, have prepared new services and programs to welcome customers during this holiday season, said Nguyen Thi Le Thanh, deputy director of the provincial Department of Tourism.

In the central city of Da Nang, the 2018 Beach Tourism Season is set to run until May 1 with a variety of activities at Bien Dong (East Sea) Park, My Khe Beach, BNF concert stage.

As the city also hosts the Da Nang International Firework Festival 2018 from April 30 to June 30, the number tourists is expected to skyrocket compared to the same period of last year, according to Tran Chi Cuong, director of the municipal Department of Tourism.

People enjoy the holiday at a beach in the central city of Da Nang on April 28, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
People enjoy the holiday at a beach in the central city of Da Nang on April 28, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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