Vietnam asks China to handle its misbehaving tourists

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Chinese nationals are fined for working illegally as tour guides in Vietnam. Photo credit: Doan Cuong/Tuoi Tre Chinese nationals are fined for working illegally as tour guides in Vietnam. Photo credit: Doan Cuong/Tuoi Tre

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The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has asked Chinese officials to strictly deal with tourists who misbehave or break local laws when visiting the country. 
Director Nguyen Van Tuan said tourism cooperation between the two nations has improved recently, with a significant increase in the number of Chinese arrivals. 
Around 1.78 million Chinese tourists visited Vietnam last year. In the first six months, that number was 1.2 million. 
But some Chinese visitors did not leave a very good impression. In a recent case, a group of Chinese tourists made a scene at a bar in the central city of Da Nang and one of them burned a Vietnamese banknote. That man was deported. 
Tuan said to prevent similar situations, Chinese tourism officials need to coordinate with relevant agencies to issue strict punishment and manage tourism activities more effectively. 
In related news, Da Nang authorities have issued fines of VND20 million (US$897) each against six Chinese nationals who were caught working illegally as tour guides in the city.
The city also issued a fine of VND20 million against Landscape travel agency and suspended its license for two years, saying it was opened as a front for illegal tourism services.

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