Vietnam capital sets up public e booths for tourist information

Each looks like a public telephone booth but has one or two 17 inch screens showing in English and Vietnamese a map of Hanoi, information about and directions to local hotels, restaurants, and dishes, and tourist or historical sites.

Director of the city’s Tourism Department, Tran Huu Binh, said they were the first of 200 booths to be set up under a US$2 million project between the department and the Dat Viet Advertising Company.

Some of them were placed around Hoan Kiem Lake and Noi Bai International Airport.

This year his department would set up 70 of the booths, and the other 130 by next year.

Tran Thu Minh, a resident on Cau Go Street, trying to operate a machine, said: “It’s great and will be even better with more foreign languages.”

Source: Vietnamnet – Translated by Luu Thi Hong