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TRAVEL TIPS Ha Long Bay Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Tourists in Halong Bay have to pay harbor fee of 40,000VND

Fee for using harbor to tourists in Tuan Chau harbor will be completed from 1st November having to face refusal opinion.

Tourists in Halong Bay have to pay harbor fee of 40,000VND

Fee for using harbor to tourists in Tuan Chau harbor will be completed from 1st November having to face refusal opinion.

In front of announcement of Tuan Chau harbor about paying harbor fee of tourists on Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay, Quang Ninh People Commitee has required that the harbor can only complete the decision with agreement of the authority.

On 10th October, Tuan Chau harbor has given annoucement to cruises and tourism companies operating on Halong Bay about decesion of collecting harbor fee to tourists. Therefore, tourism companies can adjust suitable price for tourists when they want to travel in Halong bay. The harbor fee is 20,000VND/ one- way/ tourist and it means 40,000VND/ round-trip/ tourist.

Tourists in Halong Bay have to pay harbor fee of 40,000VND

The fee includes using station and harbor system, free some services like drinks and performaces and tourist information,using toilet, wifi, ari-con, heathy care, etc. The fee is not applied for children under 12 years old.

According to Au Lac Company- the owner of Tuan Chau harbor, the fee will be used for maintanence of operation and infrastructure of the harbor, besides improvement of services of the harbor. The decision is approved by Ministry of Finance.

However, tourism companies and tourists considered that paying fee for each tourist in Halong Bay is not suitable, the fee should be paid by Halong Bay cruises. Some Halong Bay cruise are also surprised by the announcement because they have to pay anchor and parking fees for the harbor.

Mr. David, the director of Crossing Travel said the fee makes thousand of tourism companies have to change the Halong bay tour's price. Because of short time, these companies have to cover loss for recevied tours.

"Halong Bay is the most popular destination in the north of Vietnam, so the change will influence all activities and tourists on Halong Bay making nagative effect in the eyes of foreign tourists in Vietnam" said Mr. Dai.

On 14th October, Quang Ninh People Committee said that Ministry of Finance and related agencies gave instructions to Au Lac company tyo build solution and schedule  to

collect money from tourists at Tuan Chau harbor according to instruction of Ministry of Finance. But until now, the authority don't still receive report of the company.

Therefore, Quang Ninh People Committee required Au Lac Company to build schedule to collect fee from toursts at Tuan Chau harbor, send Ministry of Finance before 20th October. The company only can complete the decision when received approsal of the committee.

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