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Tourism search & payment card introduced

Released at: 08:00, 29/09/2019

Tourism search & payment card introduced

Photo: The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism

New card features multiple online functions and is part of efforts to stimulate tourism development with technology.

by Le Diem

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the Vietnam e-Commerce and Digital Economy Agency at the Ministry of Industry and Trade have launched a new card for tourists.

Known as the “Vietnamese card - One national card”, it integrates multiple smart features in public services and social services. In terms of tourism, users can search for travel information such as tour operators, tour guides, and itineraries as well as send comments, feedback, and evaluations on tour quality.

The card also features functions such as local banks allowing users to pay online and withdraw cash from ATMs. Tourists can therefore easily book flights, trains, and tickets for tourism and entertainment services.

The card is issued to Vietnamese residents but foreigners can also register for one-time use.

The launch of the card is expected to reduce cash payments and promote cashless payments in the country. It will also help tourists avoid overcharging for certain services when paying by cash.

Its launch took place at a signing ceremony for a cooperative agreement on technology application and e-commerce to support tourism development, by VNAT and the Agency. The two sides will introduce solutions in technology application and e-payment for tourism services as well as support tourism enterprises to apply technology and e-commerce in their business.

In the 2015-2018 period, international tourists to Vietnam increased from 7.9 million to 15.5 million, for average growth of 25 per cent each year. Tourism contributes about 8.39 per cent to Vietnam’s GDP, creating more than 1 million direct jobs and 2 million indirect jobs, according to VNAT.

Tourism plays an important role in stimulating cultural and natural potential and creating opportunities for the development of other sectors and different groups of people, according to the Deputy General Director of VNAT, Mr. Ha Van Sieu. In the context of Industry 4.0 having a major impact on almost all sectors, the application of advanced technology and e-commerce to support tourism development is an urgent requirement for comprehensive and sustainable development.

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