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Broadway Night – Furama Resort Danang's unique end-of-year celebration was successfully held at the newly opened Ariyana Convention Centre on December 31st, 2017.

The spectacular night of culture, art, and entertainment featured a blend of the finest musical excerpts with the marvelous interaction between music, lights effects and stage designs, delighting more than 500 guests with one surprise after another which they will cherish for a long time.

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According to Danang municipal Department of Tourism, the city has seen a significant growth in the number of foreign tourist arrivals in 2017.

It is estimated that the total number of visitors coming to Danang city has reached 6.6 million in 2017, rising by 19% compared to 2016 and achieving 104.8% of this year's target.

The total number of foreign visitor arrivals is expected to have increased 36.8% compared to 2016 to 2.3 million this year, achieving 114.7% of 2017's target. About 4.3 million domestic guests are predicted to have visited Danang in 2017, rising by 11.3% against 2016, obtaining 100.1% of this year's target.

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Tourism industry seeking visa fee waivers for all visitors to Vietnam

The Vietnam Tourism Association is asking the government to offer visa fee waivers to all tourists between July and December this year in an attempt to avert a drastic decline in foreign arrivals.

Vu The Binh, vice chairman of the association, said at a conference in Hanoi, that the fee exemption will be an "urgent solution" to deal with consecutive drops in tourist numbers over the last 11 months.

"It will be a breakthrough to help travel firms stimulate demand from tourists," Binh said, as cited by Thoi bao Kinh te Saigon Online.

He said tourists will be able to save US$45 of the visa fee, but it is also a gesture of goodwill.

Some industry insiders even said the government should learn from Singapore and start letting all foreign tourists enter the country freely without visa requirements.

Figures from the General Statistics Office showed that foreign arrivals in April increased 11.7 percent from March to 690,440, but down 7.4 percent year-on-year.

The combined number of the first four months was nearly 2.7 million, down 12.2 percent from the same period last year.

Binh conceded that Vietnam's tourism products are boring and not worth the prices, which are relatively higher than similar services in nearby countries.

He asked the government to also offer tax breaks to tourism firms and hotels in the second half of the year so that they can in turn offer discounts and launch promotional programs to bring tourists back.

He said similar programs in 2009 had helped the industry survive a crisis, with foreign arrivals rebounding and then surging 36 percent the following year.

Vietnam's visa waiver policy is currently effective for tourists from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Russia and South Korea.

Binh said the government should consider extending it for another four large tourism markets of Vietnam, namely the UK, France, Germany and Australia.

Under a regional agreement, Vietnam also offers a 30-day visa waiver for tourists from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, except for those from Brunei who receive a 14-day waiver.

Source: thanhniennews.com

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