DANANG – Tourism officials and associations in central Vietnam are rallying together on new promotions to revive the industry amid the Covid-19 outbreak.
Danang Tourism Association’s chairman Cao Tri Dung said the city “will collaborate with Quang Nam and Thua Thien-Hue provinces to launch a promotion programme in March to attract tourists to the Central region.
Hundreds of tourism agencies in the region have agreed to take part in the programme, which will focus on improving service quality and create new tourism products, Viet Nam News reported.
Tourism associations have asked local authorities to provide tax exemptions to tourism agencies to help reduce their losses.
From next month to May, Danang will be opening direct flights to Laos, Russia and India, according to Danang Tourism Department. The ongoing Covid-19 outbreak has seen a 50% fall in arrivals to Danang, largely from Asian countries.
Danang Tourism Association’s Mr Dung emphasised the need for the central provinces to plan tourism promotions to attract visitors when the Covid-19 outbreak ends.
Quang Nam is also facing challenges as it expects foreign visitor numbers to take a significant hit this month.
Nguyen Van Son, deputy chairman of the People’s Committee of Hội An City said that the fall in tourist arrivals to Hoi An has “caused losses to accommodation businesses, service providers and tourism agencies”.
Khanh Hoa Province, meanwhile, is finding its way forward by focusing on longer-haul markets in Europe, Middle East, Southeast Asia and India, revealed Hoang Van Vinh, chairman of the province’s tourism association.
The province’s beaches and attractions have reopened to welcome visitors after it was temporarily closed due to the outbreak.
“The Central region is a safe destination. One person in this region was infected with COVID-19, but was discharged from the hospital on Feb 4,” said Vinh.