City's tourism body to give more comfort to tourists
Ho Chi Minh City's tourism authority is seeking to offer better comfort to international tourists by allowing recreational venues to stay open longer after midnight and installing more information facilities in the city.
Deputy director of the Service of Tourism La Quoc Khanh told the Daily on Tuesday that his body has forwarded a plan to the city government to seek permission for entertainment venues in four- to five-star hotels to stay operational until 2am. Under current rules, all such venues have to close the door at midnight.
"Foreign visitors have the demand to enjoy themselves late at night but the city's curfew gives recreational venues until 0:00am only. We want to make it more enjoyable for tourists while in the city," he said.
Khanh said upon the city government's approval, his authority would make a list of hotels entitled to the privilege. "Around nearly 20 hotels will get the nod," he said.
The tourism body will also install many more touch-screen computers in the city to help tourists with necessary information, Khanh said.
The Tourism Service will work with the HCMC Service of Post and Telematics and Dat Viet Advertising Company to discuss the plan to install touch-screen computers in the city, he said, adding the city government has agreed to the plan.
"The city government has agreed to our plan. We expect to set up between 150 and 200 computers in the future," he said.
Khanh explained touch-screen computers would help tourists find all information about their trips in the country, beside other services. Until now, the city has had just a few touch-screen computers in downtown facilities such as the Tax Plaza and the HCMC Post Office.
He said a touch-screen is worth around US$8,000. So, the city will cooperate with Dat Viet to install the computers; the company being entitled to sell advertising space on such machines for at least ten years in exchange, he said.
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