More than 40 hotels, restaurants and cafés in Da Nang are opening their toilet doors to the public for free under an unprecedented campaign to make the city more friendly to tourists.
Da Nang Tourism Promotion Center launched the project in the downtown district of Hai Chau, pledging to make tourists feel at home with clean and free toilets.
The participating hotels and restaurants started to put up a logo of the campaign -- a blue smiling toilet -- during the international fireworks competition earlier this week.
A source said the project is piloted on several tourist streets in Hai Chau and will be expanded.
More than 60 businesses had volunteered to join but some did not meet the required standards.
As Vietnam’s lack of public toilets and the poor hygiene of the few that exist have received widespread public criticism, the new project has won praise from many tourists.
Le Trung Tinh, a tourist from Hanoi, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the project will save the city from investing a lot of money in public toilets.
“And it shows how friendly Da Nang people are.”
Da Nang's tourism department estimated that 450,000 tourists have visited the city since the six-day break started on Tuesday.