Tourism ministry seeks to expel 66 illegal Chinese workers

By Trinh Nguyen, Thanh Nien News

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Vietnam's tourism ministry has asked immigration authorities to deport 66 illegal Chinese workers who were found in the resort town of Nha Trang during a recent inspection.
A list of the 66 Chinese nationals has been sent to the Immigration Department, said Pham Cao Thai, Deputy Chief Inspector of the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism on Friday.
They were found working for local travel agencies without work permits.
The inspectors also found wrongdoings at three local travel agencies, namely Khang Thai, Hoang Tra and Nha Trang Vacation.
The companies were fined VND77 million ($3,440) each. Nha Trang Vacation in particular was banned from operating tours for foreigners.
Similar inspections have been carried out in several Vietnamese coastal towns after local Chinese-speaking tour guides said their jobs were taken by Chinese nationals who don't have work permits.
Chinese guides were also accused of distorting Vietnamese history while showing tourists around.
Authorities of Khanh Hoa recently slapped a fine of VND80 million (US$3,590) on Silent Bay Travel and Trading Company for multiple violations, and will deport 64 Chinese nationals that company employed.
Authorities of Da Nang early this week fined five Chinese nationals VND20 million, or around US$900, for working on tourist visas. Their employee, Nature Love company, was fined VND12.5 million.
Both Silent Bay and Nature Love were banned the company from organizing tours for foreign tourists.

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