RoK’s Jeonllanam-do province extends visa exemption period for Vietnamese tourists

Wednesday, 28/02/2024 21:15
Group tourists from three Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam, can travel without a visa to the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s Jeonllanam-do province (Jeonnam) through Muan international airport until March 2025, VNA reported a statement released by the provincial administration on February 27.
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The statement said that the southern province has received permission from the RoK’s Ministry of Justice to apply the extension.

The province is currently applying a 15-day visa-free entry policy for tourists in groups of 5 or more arriving at the Muan airport from the three countries, namely Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia, to Jeonnam, Gwangju, Jeonbuk and Jeju.

The policy is considered part of the local administration’s efforts to attract tourists from the three countries.

Since the policy was applied in March 2023, Jeonnam has continuously attracted regular charter flights from Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia. The locality and surrounding areas have attracted about 4,000 foreign tourists.

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Data released by BC Card in 2023 showed that the amount of card payments by Vietnamese tourists to Jeonnam in the first half of the year increased more than 300% from the same period in 2022, significantly contributing to reviving the local economy.

Director of the Department of Sports and Tourism of Jeonnam Joo Sun-seon said that after the COVID-19 pandemic ended, the locality has been gradually expanding customised accommodation products for foreign tourists and stepping up marketing and advertising activities.

The province has also accelerated the completion of new facilities such as Wando Marine Healing Centre and Mokpo Ocean Hotel to provide new tourism products for foreign tourists, he added.

International athletes thrill tourists at Jetski show in Phu Quoc

According to VOV, tourists in Phu Quoc Island in the southern province of Kien Giang were thrilled by the jaw dropping performances put on by international athletes at the Jetski show held on February 27 at Sunset Town.

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The debut of the Jetski show opened with the theme of Love Hurricane and was the result of a collaboration between Sun Group and H2O Events, the world's leading producer of water shows combined with fireworks.

The show featured two types of performance, including Jetski and Flyboard, seamlessly combining lights, water, and music.

The show features two types of performance, including Jetski and Flyboard  (Photo: 

It also served as a stage for 18 international Jetski athletes and top flyboarders showing off their talents. Among them was Kristina Isaeva, the world's top female flyboarder, who is well-known for her three incredible somersaults performed above Moscow River.

According to details given by the organising board, from February 27 the Jetski Show will be performed one to two times daily from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

HCM City boosts tourism promotion to lure travelers

Ho Chi Minh City's tourism industry has recorded positive signs as many international travelers have chosen the metropolis as part of their journeys in early 2024, reported VNA.

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The southern hub served 75,000 foreign visitors during the recent Lunar New Year (Tet), up 15.4% compared to the same period last year, according to statistics from the municipal Department of Tourism.

To achieve the goal of welcoming 6 million international visitors in 2024, the city’s tourism sector is stepping up promotion activities abroad, focusing on key markets.

Tourism businesses in HCM City predicted that Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe, India, and the Middle East will be potential markets in 2024, and have deployed plans to welcome a wave of international visitors this year.

Nguyen Nguyet Van Khanh, Marketing Director of Vietravel, said that strengthening the promotion of Vietnamese tourism in target markets is one of the plans implemented by the business in 2024 to attract international visitors, apart from diversifying tourism products.

In addition to cooperating with large travel partners with a stable source of tourists in potential markets, Vietravel has also expanded cooperation with reputable partners in key markets to promote the image of Vietnam’s tourism, Khanh said.

It has also accelerated digital transformation to develop multi-channel online sales to retail customers, towards increasing the number of young international tourists.

The municipal Department of Tourism will implement six tourism promotion programmes abroad in 2024, focusing in key markets such as the US, the UK, Germany, Singapore, and Australia, to support tourism businesses connect with foreign partners./.

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