The European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (EuroCham) has urged Vietnam to grant visa exemption to more markets as a way of attracting more foreign visitors in 2010 to take full advantage of global travel recovery.

In the “EuroCham Trade Issues and Recommendations 2010” book, the organisation said visa waiver expansion can contribute much to Vietnam’s tourism industry. EuroCham names more EU members, the US, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan as among the markets that can potentially account for a significant tourism revenue share for Vietnam.

Vietnam has allowed passport holders from Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Russia to enter the country for a period of 15 days without a visa.

According to figures from the tourism authority, Vietnam welcomed 404,000 visitors from the US, more than 271,000 from Taiwan and more than 218,000 from Australia in 2009./.