23 Feb '11, 9am

Vietnam death boat tour firm unlicensed: The Vietnamese travel agency that organised an excursion during which 1...

HANOI (AFP) - – The Vietnamese travel agency that organised an excursion during which 11 tourists and their guide died when their boat sank last week was unlicensed, an official said Wednesday. The Hanoi-based firm, Nu Hoang, "did not have a licence authorising it to conduct international tourism," said Vu Xuan Thanh, chief inspector at the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism. The guide who died in the sinking had neither a work contract nor a ministry-issued guide's identity card, Thanh told AFP. The ministry has fined the company and ordered it to immediately stop serving foreign tourists, Thanh said, without specifying the amount of the penalty. He did not know if police would also investigate the firm. The captain and engineer of the boat have already been arrested on safety violation charges punishable by a jail sentence. Most of the victims on the budget tour were...

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