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Nations cooperate on tourism
"This achievement comes from efforts of each country, and from successful co-operation, copromotion and formation of tourist products among the three countries," he said.
"There is a trend of overland tours through Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia," Cao Tri Dung, director of Vietnamtourism - Vitours, said. "Tourists want to experience new ways of travel."
However, this kind of travelling has met difficulties because of the high charge for the vehicle border pass, few services on the way, and no cooperation between local authorities.
"There is no rest stop from Viet Nam to Laos," Dung said.
He proposed that authorities lower border check fees, and invest in rest-stop shops along the routes as well as infrastructure.
At the seminar, Edouard George, chairman of Phoenix Voyages Company, presented information about vessels that would be used for cruises on the Mekong River from Viet Nam to Cambodia.
They include the three-deck L'Amant offering 12 wide cabins; three-deck Tonle Pandaw accommodating 66 guests; three wood cabin The Bassac; three-deck RV Indochine; three-deck Mekong Eyes; three-deck Mekong Feeling; and 46-room French colonial-style vessel RV La Marguerite.
In order to support tourism, Viet Nam Airlines has introduced an air network and new policy for flights from Viet Nam to Cambodia and Laos, as well as a new route to Myanmar.
The national carrier is expected to fly to 44 international destinations and 23 domestic destinations in 2020, said Hoang Viet Thang, deputy general manager of the passenger sales and marketing department of the Southern Regional Office of Vietnam Airlines.
The airline currently has flights to 26 international and 20 domestic destinations.
According to Thang, Europe is an important market for tourism in Indochina. The airline expects to open new routes and improve direct flights from HCM City and Ha Noi to the region.
"Indochina is the target tourism destination for Northeast Asia tourism, so new routes will be opened by 2015," Thang said.
The carrier intends to open direct flights to the US next year and wants to open new routes to the Southwest Pacific as well as increase the frequency of flights within Southeast Asia to attract tourists to new destinations in Indochina.
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