15:01 | 25/07/2017 Culture & Tourism
(VEN) - The National Assembly recently ratified the revised Law on Tourism. Vietnam Economic News’ Hoa Quynh spoke about the law’s impact on tourism development with Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, a member of the law drafting board and deputy general director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).
Could you tell us about the law’s role in promoting Vietnam’s tourism development?
The Law on Tourism was first approved in 2005. The situation has since changed considerably so VNAT has worked closely with the relevant agencies to adjust the legislation in accordance with the tourism sector’s actual development demands. While we were making amendments to the law, the Politburo issued Resolution 08 on turning tourism into a spearhead economic sector. The resolution’s spirit has been turned into specific provisions of the law, stating that tourism development is a priority of the state.
Could you tell us about changes in the law?
Provisions have been revised towards attracting visitors, guaranteeing better satisfaction of market demands, and specifying liabilities of travel agents, tour guides, tourist accommodation facilities and service providers. The revised law decreases administrative procedures related to international travel licensing, supplements business conditions subject to domestic travel, simplifies the issuing of tour guide licensing, and lists activities prohibited to travel businesses.
How will the revised law promote investment attraction?
The law’s Article 5 refers to policies for tourism development. Organizations and individuals doing tourism business will benefit from the highest state investment incentives. The state will also adopt policies to encourage other industries’ investment in tourism. The law contains regulations on extending other service businesses to better meet the needs of visitors, prolong visitors’ stay and increase visitor’s spending.
We received many suggestions from enterprises and the media when making amendments to the law, including those related to establishment of a tourist inspectorate and police, and Vietnam’s tourism promotion office abroad. The law drafting board and the National Assembly’s investigation agency discussed these issues many times and carefully. There are a number of matters that had to be considered carefully in order to make the Law on Tourism a consistent legal framework that is not contrary to other relevant laws.
The revised Law on Tourism will take effect in January 2018. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is developing a project to disseminate information about the provisions of the law.