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Vietnam 'more attractive than ever' after visa waiver extension

Black Tomato welcomes changes for UK travellers, saying it will help budgets and save time

Pictured: Sally Yates, project director at Black Tomato

Agencies have forecast a renewed surge in popularity for Vietnam, after authorities announced an extension to its visa exemption policy for UK travellers.

Black Tomato project director Sally Yates says the move will help budgets and save time previously spent on visa applications, making the Asian destination "more attractive than ever".

Vietnam's government announced that it was extending the visa exemption programme for single-entry stays of up to 15 days to 30 June 2017. The policy applies to all UK, French, German, Spanish and Italian nationals.

Yates said: "This is a great outcome for agencies like ours as it releases budget back to clients that was once allowed for visa processing - and the more money we can dedicate to a programme the better. Similarly it means we are no longer faced with the difficulty of asking guests and clients with busy schedules to part with their passports before travel while they get their visas approved at the Vietnamese Embassy.

"Popularity in Vietnam has been growing rapidly over the last year or two; with such a wide range of activities, locations and strong hotel product, it can appeal to many different demographics – and reducing visa complications makes it even more attractive than ever."

Black Tomato is operating two incentives in Vietnam and says it is pitching for a third, travelling early next year.

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