Hue will dump paper tickets

THUA THIEN-HUE, 29 May 2017: City authorities in Hue, Vietnam, will dump paper tickets to  to use exclusively magnetic strip Smartcards or credit cards to pay entrance fees at important tourist sites.

Local media reported that paper tickets will likely be replaced very soon as the Smartcard would be more efficient and visitors could buy them in advance online.

According to the plan, visitors to Hue will be able buy tickets online – using a computer or mobile phone – and gain entry to sites carrying just the credit or debit card which was used to pay for the entrance fees. 

Visitors would be able to store their tickets on so-called contactless credit or debit cards or purchase magnetic strip cards.

City officials have held meetings to discuss how quickly staff could be trained to use the technology that could be introduced across the country and allow visitors to buy directly the entrance tickets they require for their trip, using a credit card.

Ticket barriers will be upgraded so they are like those used internationally, where passengers could tap their cards to pay and gain entry to tourist destinations.

The plan is expected to be introduce by the end of this year, the report said.

Thua Thien-Hue province’s capital city of Hue is best known for its ruined Imperial City that is now a World Heritage site.

This year, the province targets 3.3 to 3.5 million tourists, of which foreign visitors account for 40% to 45%.

In the first three months of the year, Thua Thien-Hue welcomed more than 790,000 visitors, up 2.77% year-on-year. Total revenue from tourism reached USD35.4 million, a year-on-year surge of 6.5%.