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Russian director of Lanta Viet cannot leaving Vietnam

posted Feb 1, 2012, 2:50 AM by Dong Travel   [ updated Feb 1, 2012, 2:51 AM by Mickey Dong Hoang Thinh ]
Due to Konstantin, General Director of Lanta Viet, abandoned Russian tourists in Binh Thuan; the Binh Thuan Tourism Association has asked police to ban this man from leaving Vietnam.

According to the association, Lanta Tur Voyage is Russian leading tourism company, with thousands of agents in the world. In Vietnam, this company cooperated with a local firm to set up Lanta Viet, based on Truong Dinh Road, District 3, HCM City in 2010. In Binh Thuan province, Lanta Viet’s office is at Hai Au Resort, Phan Thiet city.

On January 27, after the parent firm in Russian announced bankruptcy, Lanta Viet’s office in Phan Thiet closed the door. All of its staffs have disappeared, including the Russian General Director Konstantin. Hundreds of Russian tourists in Binh Thuan have been desolate.

Nguyen Van Khoa, Chair of the Binh Thuan Tourism Association, said that Lanta Viet has abandoned its visitors and this is fraud. The association on January 30, asked for Binh Thuan police’s intervention to ban Konstantin from leaving Vietnam and force this company to take responsibility to their visitors and partners.

According to the association, Lanta Viet currently owes several resorts in Phan Thiet like BamBoo Village, Hoang Ngoc, Hai Au, etc. nearly VND10 billion ($500,000).

Klimov Vladimir, Russian consul in HCM City and Ngo Minh Chinh, director of the Binh Thuan Department of Sports and Tourism, visited some resorts in Binh Thuan to give encouragement to Russian tourists who were still stuck in Vietnam.

The consul said that Lanta Viet General Director Konstantin was in HCM City. The man presented himself at the Russian Consulate. The consulate asked Konstantin to not leave Vietnam and return to Binh Thuan to work with related agencies.

According to the consulate, around 50 Russian tourists returned home from HCM City on January 31. The remaining people will be brought home before February 8. Previously, over 100 tourists left Phan Thiet to HCM City on January 29 and 30. At present, around 200 Russian tourists are still stuck in Phan Thiet.

A total of 309 Russian tourists bought tours to Mui Ne in Phan Thiet city, Binh Thuan province, from Lanta Tur. In Vietnam, these visitors were served by Lanta Viet.

It is also reported that around 2,500 visitors of Lanta Tur are now stuck in many countries, including Vietnam, Thailand, India, etc.

Source: VNN