A new Covid-19 epidemic could crush Vietnamese tourism: President of Vietravel


By Minh Son February 3, 2021 | 07:18 GMT +7

Residents stand near a fence to block entry into an alley on Nguyen Khanh Toan Road, Cau Giay District, Hanoi, on January 28, 2021, amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo by VnExpress / Minh Nhan.

Vietravel President Nguyen Quoc Ky fears the latest Covid-19 outbreak will crush the already besieged tourism industry.

While the recent spike in Covid-19 cases came as no surprise, it created a lot of tension for him and the business as the seven-day Lunar New Year holiday approached, Ky said. VnExpress.

“If the outbreak can be contained within 10 days as Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam expects, it would be extremely lucky for business. But if the spread of the virus intensifies, the consequences will be dire.”

The Head The holidays, which begin on February 10, are generally a time of high demand for domestic travel, especially among southerners wishing to visit northern destinations like Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh Province.

But the travel agency has suspended or rerouted all tours in the north after nearly 300 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the region since January 28. She also let all of her staff stay at home.

Ky said January is usually the time when tour operators focus on advertising their products. However, the atmosphere has been very calm this year as companies suffer from depleted resources or have left the market.

“I don’t know if the tourism industry can continue to exist if this epidemic develops on a large scale.”

Employees suffered the most as their hopes of returning to work after a difficult year were dashed. Compared to the time before the pandemic, only half of Vietravel’s staff are now working.

Ky said the tourism industry has not received any major support programs so far, which it needs most now.

The Vietnamese tourism industry went through one of the most difficult years in its history last year when the Covid-19 pandemic reduced the number of foreign arrivals by almost 79% to 3.8 million, according to the General Office of Statistics.

Industry revenues plunged nearly 56% to 17.9 trillion VND ($ 771.55 million) as flights were canceled and people became reluctant to plan their trip for fear of contracting the novel coronavirus .


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