Localities ready to welcome back tourists in the new normal
A number of localities nationwide have announced plans to welcome back domestic travelers in November after months of suspending tourism services due to the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Ho Chi Minh City plans to resume tourism services by launching a tourism festival from November 27 to December 27 in an online format.
According to Phan Thi Thang, vice chairwoman of the municipal People's Committee, the city has thoroughly-prepared safety factors for the recovery process.
about 72% of those employed in the tourism sector have now been fully vaccinated whilst medical infrastructure and plans for the recovery scenario moving forward are now ready, she revealed.
In late Sepbtember HCM City launched a special tour for COVID-19 frontline workers to Can Gio and Cu Chi districts, both of which have brought the outbreak under control. Under the “bubble” model, visitors stopped at selected outdoor sites in a closed group.
Several other provinces are also following suit by launching tours in the bubble model.
The central city of Da Nang is planning to host public events from now until the end of the year in an effort to attract visitors. It will reopen travel services to local residents starting from October 20 and will begin to serve domestic tourists from Quang Nam and Quang Ninh provinces in the bubble model in November.
Da Nang is set to welcome the return of international visitors from the Republic of Korea and Russia through a vaccine passport scheme.
Elsewhere, the northcentral province of Thanh Hoa has set a target of welcoming 700,000 visitors during the last three months of the year.
Tourists arriving in Thanh Hoa must be fully vaccinated, with the second dose administered at least 14 days before arrival, or they must present a certificate showing they previously contracted and have now fully recovered from COVID-19.
Meanwhile, authorities in the northern province of Quang Ninh, home to UNESCO-recognised Ha Long Bay, plan to welcome back inter-provincial tourists to Tuan Chau International Tourist Area and the Yen Tu tourist site from next month.
The northern mountainous province of Ha Giang also created favourable conditions in which travel companies can implement safe package tours. They include five-days-four-nights tours including destinations such as Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Ha Giang, Vi Xuyen, Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van, Lung Cu, and the Ma Pi Leng Pass.
Authorities in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, home to the resort town Da Lat, is considering permitting domestic tourists to visit Da Lat and Bao Loc from next month.
Along with vaccination requirements, visitors are also required to book a package tour with a designated travel agency whilst also having medical and travel insurance.
Authorities in the central province of Binh Dinh, home to the beach town of Quy Nhon, also plan to allow fully vaccinated domestic tourists to visit Phuong Mai Peninsula, which is famous for idyllic beaches and high-end resorts, from early November.