A national tourism zone must have diverse and particularly attractive tourism resources with advantages in natural landscape or cultural value, according to a draft decree recently released by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) to detail the Tourism Law which is set to take effect early next year.
A corner of Trang An eco-tourist site, Ninh Binh province __Photo: Thanh Ha/VNA
Such a zone must also be included in the list of spots potential for tourism development approved by the Prime Minister. It must have the minimum area of 1,000 hectares and attract at least 500,000 tourist arrivals per year during three consecutive years, says the draft.
It states that the management unit of a national tourism zone would be established, reorganized and dissolved in accordance with the Government’s regulations. Provincial People’s Committee chairpersons may decide on the model of this management unit based on the characteristics, scale and requirements on tourism development.
Provincial People’s Committee chairpersons would issue management regulations applicable to national tourism zones, or must reach agreement with related ministries on the model of management units of the zones for which such units have been founded by ministries.
With respect to tour business, the draft requires a bank deposit of VND 100 million, VND 250 million and VND 500 million, respectively, to be paid by a domestic tour service provider, inbound tour service provider and outbound tour service provider.
Vehicles used for transporting tourists must have number plates granted by provincial-level Transport Departments. Tourist accommodation establishments would have to satisfy law-prescribed essential conditions which are subject to inspection by provincial-level Tourism Departments or Departments of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Particularly, adventure tourism service providers must give warnings and instructions to tourists. They must also work out rescue plans in case of incidents, accidents and risks, reads the draft.- (VLLF)