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South Korean, Chinese tourists visit Danang in droves
By Nhan Tam
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South Korean, Chinese tourists visit Danang in droves

By Nhan Tam

South Korean tourists visit Danang Cathedral in the central coastal city of Danang - PHOTO: NHAN TAM

DANANG - The number of South Korean and Chinese guests visiting the central coastal city of Danang this year is estimated to post respective increases of 80% and 30% over last year and account for a staggering 80% of international tourist arrivals in the city.

The forecast was based on the rising number of newly launched air routes and flights between the city and South Korea, along with the growth in the number of tourist cruise ships traveling between the two countries.

Data from the Travel Management Agency under the municipal Department of Tourism show that Danang looks to welcome 25 cruise ships, with more than 47,000 tourists on board, mainly Chinese visitors, to the city during the November-December period.

However, the rapid increase in the number of visitors from these two countries to Danang has had drawbacks such as the rise of zero-dong tours and the inadequacy in managing Chinese and South Korean tour guides.

Accordingly, the municipal tourism department has warned local tour operators and hospitality service providers against using illegal payment forms.

In addition, the local authorities imposed fines in over 50 cases for violations committed by tour operators and guides during the year up to October. They noted that most of the violators were from the two source markets.

Earlier, at a meeting gathering the municipal leader and local travel agencies, some participants said that many Chinese tour guides were unemployed during the peak season for tourism in Danang. The municipal Department of Tourism conducted an inspection and refuted this claim, stating that the rumor had negatively affected the two source markets of the city.

The city currently welcomes visitors from 14 countries and territories, including South Korea, China, Japan, the United States, Thailand and Taiwan.

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