With the international arrivals percentage fallen for thirteen months in a row, it is only 3.8 million foreigners visited in the first half of this year, an 11.3 percentage drop from the same period since last year.
Vietnam is considering more visa waivers to some countries in order to resurrect its ailing tourism sector.
Even after signing off visa waivers for five more countries of Europe--France, Germany, Spain, Italy and UK in the last month. Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung sought to continue ahead with visa exemption.
It has been said, that government agencies and tourism industry insiders had proposed to add four more countries such as India, Australia, Canada and New Zealand to the list.
Some of the experts say visa exemption is the proper move to improve tourism sector, but it is not only the one to look at, when there are so many other issues that had a drag on the tourism sector.
Even, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has admitted that there are some issue like traffic, beggars, thieves, dirty food and unsafe environment, pollution and overcharging vendors have contributed to the performance of the sector.
In the directive of July 2, PM Dung has also asked the agencies concerning the issues to tackle and clear.
With the visa waiver for some countries on the list to improve its ailing tourism sector and proposals to clear on the issues in related, one may hope an improvement of tourist inflow to the country provided with the swift implementation concurrently.