Taking steps to reopen international tourism

15:57 | 07/03/2021
As a number of countries are trying to reopen their tourism markets, as one of the countries with the most effective pandemic response, Vietnam is also considering easing restrictions.
taking steps to reopen international tourism
Vietnam tourism will gradually reopen for international tourists

At the "Nesting for domestic eagles" workshop, Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, deputy director of the General Department of Tourism said the market will be reopened to international tourism step by step.

She added that markets that are crowded, convenient for airlines, and committed to vaccination or medical isolation will be prioritised for this opening.

Previously, at the online conference on the 2021 work plan of the Vietnam Tourism Association (VITA), Nguyen Huu Tho, president of VITA said that the tourism industry needs to prepare to reopen international tourism while at the same time promoting domestic tourism with attractive and suitable products to new tourism needs and trends.

In the first two months of this year, only 28,700 international visitors arrived in Vietnam, down 99.1 per cent over the same period last year. They mainly included experts, foreign technical workers arriving to join local projects, and people entering for cargo transport.

Revenue in the past two months was estimated at only VND2.5 trillion ($108.7 million), down 62.1 per cent over the same period last year. Provinces that were heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic had a sharp on-year decrease in revenue such as Hanoi (down 47.7 per cent), Danang (down 67.7 per cent), or Ho Chi Minh City (down 69.2 per cent).

Vu The Binh, standing vice president of VITA said that tourism enterprises will lose market share if they do not take action.

At the present, the European Union is planning to provide a "vaccine passport" to help people travel freely and offer a way out for the struggling tourism and aviation industry.

In the ASEAN region, Thailand has also reopened to international tourists since July 2021.

Singapore also welcomes international visitors who test negative for COVID-19. Also, Indonesia announced opening Bali with the establishment of a COVID-19 free corridor, as well as prioritise vaccination for tourism frontliners to revive the island’s tourism sector.

Binh said that tourism businesses and member associations need to be more proactive to overcome the difficulties. Thus, the government will probably decide to welcome international visitors back from the third or fourth quarter of 2021.

Plenty of localities have set a target to develop tourism in 2021. Danang strives to increase the number of tourists in 2021 by 85 per cent on-year, estimated at more than 5 million arrivals. Of this, international visitors would increase by 37 per cent, estimated at 970,000. Revenue from accommodation and travel services is expected to increase by 85 per cent compared to 2020, estimated at more than VND8 trillion ($347.83 million).

Hanoi strives to welcome 45 per cent more visitors than in 2019. The number of domestic visitors will reach 10-15 million, up 50-70 per cent. The occupancy rate of tourist accommodation establishments in 2021 will reach over 45 per cent.

Bac Ninh province strives to attract a total of 2.1 million tourists, an increase of nearly two times compared to 2020, including 1.92 million domestic tourists and 200,000 international visitors.

By Truc Anh

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