Ho Chi Minh City asking hotels, shops to open toilets to tourists

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A public toilet in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1. Photo: Huu Nguyen/VnExpress A public toilet in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1. Photo: Huu Nguyen/VnExpress

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Ho Chi Minh City is encouraging shops and hotels to open their toilets to tourists and list the facilities on online maps.
Tran Vinh Tuyen, the city’s vice chairman, at a meeting Monday asked the tourism department to discuss the initiative with local businesses in the downtown area.
Once the businesses agree to let the public use their toilets, the Science and Technology Department will make sure that tourists can easily locate them, Tuyen said.
Officials from District 1 said many businesses in the area have promised to join the program.
The city has built new public toilets at several parks over the past few years but the number is still small. Most other public toilets at bus terminals or markets are old and dirty.
The city hopes to welcome 5.1 million foreign visitors this year, up from 4.7 million last year.

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