Ba Ria-Vung Tau kick-starts tourism recovery

09:05 | 25/06/2020
The southern coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau is gearing up for intensive promotions to draw tourists back as the COVID-19 pandemic comes under control in Vietnam.
ba ria vung tau kick starts tourism recovery
Visitors at a resort in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.- VNS Photo Thu Hang

A total of 78 businesses are participating in its tourism stimulus programme, which offers discounts of 10-50 per cent on accommodation, 10-30 per cent on food and 10-20 per cent on entertainment services, Pham Ngoc Hai, chairman of the province Tourism Association said.

The businesses are committed to the discounts and to good quality, he told a press meeting in the province in early June.

Tourism authorities would strengthen links between tourist sites in the province and neighbouring localities, diversify tourism products and promote the province’s tourism potential to attract visitors, he said.

The tourism sector has come to a standstill since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down travel, he admitted.

The number of visitors this year has plummeted by 90 per cent year-on-year, he said.

Hotel occupancy rates were only 5-10 per cent, he said.

Nguyen Huu Tho, chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Association, said Ba Ria-Vung Tau has become a magnet for visitors with its range of attractions like the sea, rivers, forests, and mineral water streams and the robust development of luxury seaside resorts.

The province is on track to become one of the country’s tourism hubs, with a focus on sea, MICE and cruise tourism, he added.

VNA

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