Vietnam to lift midnight curfew to attract tourists

Vietnam’s Tourism Association has submitted a proposal to the government asking for recreational establishments to be allowed to stay open until 2:00 in the morning. The proposal came ahead of the 2017 Prime Minister with Enterprises Conference that took place on 17 May. Currently, some localities still ban establishments, such as nightclubs and karaoke bars, from opening past midnight which limits businesses and makes it impossible for them to entertain foreign tourists who want to party on into the night.


Under the new proposal, these establishments would be allowed to open until at least 2:00, encouraging foreign tourists to stay longer and spend more. Hanoi launched a pilot scheme last September that allows restaurants and bars in Hoan Kiem District to stay open until 2:00 over the weekends. These proposals are aimed at boosting visitor numbers to 18-20 million in 2020, according to the Tourism Association. Vietnam is expecting to welcome 11.5 million foreign arrivals this year, up 15% from 2016.