The new announcement by Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung allowing visitors from the countries of Europe UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy gives a much needed boost to country tourism sector.
Now to visit Vietnam people from this country do not require a visa if they are staying for 15 days or less, and can fly out to Vietnam without much trouble and incurring any expense of getting a visa to travel.
It has been announced by Vietnam government in the last month to give a fillip for the country ailing sector.
In the year of 2014, around eight million visited Vietnam. But in this year the period between January and May, the arrivals are counted only 3.3 million which is a less than 13 percent during the same period of the last year.
The arrivals from Europe reduced by 7 percent, with the arrivals from Russia down by 16 percent in the first half of this year.
However, the main decline of its inbound tourists is from the country of China. Due to the anti Chinese propositions regarding the Parcel and Spratly islands last year. The fall is 30 percent which is very steep fall considering the total inbound visitors to the country.
With the introduction of visa fee waiver for these European countries, surge in visitors may be expected. But Vietnam has to compete with the countries like Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and other neighboring countries which offer very longer visa free stays and these countries also had a good track record in attracting tourists.
Till now, visitors from countries such as Russia, Belarus, South Korea and Japan are only permitted travelers without having a visa.
But now, Vietnam considers reviving its tourism sector it may possible exempt more visa waiver to other countries, and now it may hope all of these announcements may revive the inbound tourists.