The Danang Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism says flights serving
and Danang are boosting tourist arrivals to the city.
The department deputy director, Tran Chi Cuong, said the impressive growth of Korean tourist arrvials is due to an increase in flights between the central
city and Seoul.
Two South Korean carriers, Asiana Airlines and Korean Air, fly daily sevices from
Seoul, while flag-carrier Vietnam Airlines
has also been serving the same route three flights weekly since 1 July.
“With these services, the number of South Korean tourists to Danang will continue to soar,” he said.
Last year, the city attracted 30,493 visits up from just 6,620 trips in 2010. In the first half of this year, 25,511 visits were recorded from
South Korea to the coastal city.
and Quang Nam
are also top destinations for South Korean travellers.
The number of South Korean visits to
from 4,600 in 2010 to as high as 24,000 last year. Similarly, only 3,838 South
Korean holidaymakers visited Hoi An in 2010, but that has doubled to 6,868 in
However, South Korean travel agencies tend to organise Vietnamese tours without enlisting the help of local travel firms according to
tourism department chief, Truong Thanh Minh.
“They are in charge of the entire process, from planning to assigning tour guides and services,” he explained.
With the number of Korean-speaking tour guides in short supply, South Korean tour operators usually hire Vietnamese-speaking guides only to avoid penalties by the tourism inspectorate, while Korean nationals guide the tour. It irks professional guides who believe they should be explaining the details and cultural aspects of their country that might not be fully understood by foreign tour leaders.
Critics claim tour operators ignore these conditions mainly to save costs by having their tour leaders also act as guides.
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