DestinationsVietnam Tourism Association has established alliance to help industry rebound after outbreak subsides

Vietnam tourism bands together to ride out Covid-19

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Vietnam Tourism Association (VITA) isn’t waiting until the end of the epidemic for tourists to come back.
Vietnam Tourism Association (VITA) isn’t waiting until the end of the epidemic for tourists to come back. Photo Credit: Getty Images

HANOI – The Vietnam Tourism Association (VITA) has established an alliance to help the tourism industry rebound after the Covid-19 outbreak subsides.

From now on, we will enhance training for staff, plan new products and focus on promoting virus-clear destinations. When the epidemic ends, we will kick-start for a breakthrough development,– Phung Quang Thang, director of Hanoitourist Company

The virus outbreak has slowed tourism in many countries across the region, including Vietnam.

Over the last two months, tourist arrivals to leading destinations such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Halong Bay have dropped 50% since the start of the year, according to VITA’s vice chairman Vu The Binh.

International arrivals to Vietnam are expected to fall 60% in March as many tours have been cancelled, he said.

Nationwide, room occupancy rate at hotels and resorts have fall 20-50% compared to the same period last year, Mr Binh revealed.

“We are aware that we can’t wait until the end of the epidemic for tourists to come back. We should take the initiative to deal with these difficulties now and prepare for the development of the national tourism industry,” he said.

The Association will be helping businesses affected by the epidemic as well as promote areas that are clear of the virus. “In the long term, we want to build a plan to deal with the epidemic and other issues while supporting local authorities and enterprises to exploit their travel potential,” Bình added.

Phung Quang Thang, director of Hanoitourist Company, a member of the alliance Steering Committee, said businesses were eager to join the alliance and commit to working with partners to overcome these obstacles.

“From now on, we will enhance training for staff, plan new products and focus on promoting virus-clear destinations. When the epidemic ends, we will kick-start for a breakthrough development,” Thang said.

Tourism leaders from Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Gia Lai and Dak Lak also introduced new products, which have huge potential for growth and have no reported virus cases.

Nguyen Van Dung, director of the Binh Dinh Provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said that more direct flights from Moscow will open in the next quarter to visit Quy Nhon, a popular destination for Russian tourists thanks to its beautiful beaches. The city is the gateway to destinations in the coastal region and Central Highlights.

The destination is also linked by chartered flights to South Korea. “We will co-operate with Bamboo Airways and Vietnam Airlines to reduce the costs for tourists.”

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