Vietnam tightens safety

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LAM DONG, 31 July 2017: Vietnam’s Lam Dong’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has licensed 10 companies to organise adventure tours in the highlands province.

The licence covers a variety of adventure activities including zip lines, kayak racing, water tray sides down waterfalls, a monkey bridge, a leap of faith from two spots in Tuyen Lam Lake, Datanla waterfalls, Dasar waterfalls, Da Don River, Madagui tourism area, and Golden Valley.

Companies are required to guarantee the quality of their equipment, provide rescue teams and ensure safety for travellers and well as tour guides.

Credit: VietnamNet Bridge

According to VietnamNet Bridge media, the companies authorised to organise adventure tours include Thu Thach Viet Company, Mao Hiem PTA Company, Ky nghi Cao Nguyen (Highlands Vacation) Company, The thao Cao Nguyen (Highlands Sports) Company, Du ngoan Da Lat Company, Tac ke Xinh (Beautiful Gecko) Company, Chuyen dong Viet Company, a branch of Mao Hiem Viet Company in Da Lat, Lam Dong Tourist Company and Sai Gon Madagui Company.

The province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has also held training courses for 60 tour guides from the 10 licensed companies.

Five people including four tourists a tour guide were killed last year. It prompted Lam Dong’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism to issue a regulation governing adventure tourism in the province to tighten safety for travellers.

Under the regulation, adventure tour operators must have an international travel licence, while authorities must approve their adventure travel programmes.

In addition, they have to demonstrate they have adequate facilities and equipment, instructors with adventure tourism training certificates and rescue teams on standby in dangerous areas.

Tour companies must provide sufficient information about adventure travel programmes and warn visitors of the potential dangers, while guest must buy travel insurance.

Organisers must also request travellers to provide personal information and sign physical fitness declarations at the start of the tour.

Pre-tour training in essential skills must be given and a description of the equipment provide before the tour begins.

Tourists must declare any health issues such as a history of cardiovascular disease, hypertension and other diseases that could compromise safety.

Lam Dong has designed diverse tourism products such as mountain and lake exploration, adventurous tourism, and agricultural tourism.

Located in the central highlands region, Lam Dong is a mountainous province, and 70% of its area is covered in forest. Its capital is Da Lat. Lam Dong borders Khanh Hoa province and Ninh Thuan province to the east, Dong Nai province to the southwest, Binh Thuan province to the southeast, Dak Lak province to the north, and Dak Nong province to the northwest.

The province is 293 km from Ho Chi Minh City.

(Source: VietnamNet Bridge)