Tourism in Vietnam collapses

HANOI, July 10, 2020: Vietnam recorded 3.7 million visits from January to June, a massive 57% drop from the first half of 2019 according to data from the Government Statistics Office.

Based on the first half of the fall, the country now expects a year-end total of around 9-10 million visits compared to 18 million in 2019 if it eases travel restrictions and begins to travel soon. issue tourist visas.

Vietnam’s National Tourism Administration reported that in the first six months of 2020, domestic tourism also fell nearly 50% to 23 million. The average occupancy rate for lodges and hotels was around 20%.

Tourism revenues are estimated to have fallen 48% year-on-year to VND 176.8 trillion (US $ 7.6 billion, as cited by the Vietnamese news agency in its update.

Covid-19 forced around 95% of the country’s travel agencies to suspend operations in the first half of the year with heavy job losses.

Since May, when the lockdown eased, domestic flights have resumed and airlines are planning new routes to boost domestic travel. The number of domestic travelers in June reached 7 million, 2.3 times more than in May.

International travel to Vietnam is still on hold. Visas are not issued and only so-called repatriation flights operate. Vietnam faces the same challenges as Thailand, having contained the spread of the virus, the two countries are struggling to chart a course forward and balance trade interests while ensuring it does not trigger a second wave. infections.

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