Tourism in Vietnam in the first half of 2021

Hon Thom Island in Phu Quoc, Kien Giang Province

The holiday from April 30 to May 1 was marked by a strong growth in the number of domestic tourists.

According to the UNWTO, international arrivals fell 83% between January and March 2021 compared to 2020. The UNWTO had to reduce its forecast for the growth scenario for international arrivals in 2021. Vietnam General Statistics Office reported that the number of international arrivals to Vietnam in the first half of 2021 decreased by 97.6% compared to the same period of 2020. Vietnamese tourism has strived to achieve the dual objective of drastically responding to the Covid-19 pandemic in accordance with the recovery of the tourism industry.

In order to maintain safe domestic tourism activities, the Vietnam National Tourism Administration (VNAT) has proposed to officials of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) to issue documents requiring strict enforcement of the declaration of Covid-19 security for tourism. accommodation establishments. VNAT has also organized working groups to inspect certain tourist establishments.

The holiday from April 30 to May 1 was marked by a strong growth in the number of domestic tourists. However, the epidemics of the Covid-19 pandemic caused disruptions in tourist activities in the localities, many travel agencies and hotels had to cease their activities, workers found themselves unemployed. The government and relevant ministries have issued policies to support businesses and employees in the tourism industry.

In the context of the wave of the 4th industrial revolution, VNAT paid special attention to digital transformation, focusing on the development of tourism database systems; interconnect the tourist information system and intelligent applications. Through the Safe-tourism app, VNAT has received feedback and is coordinating with relevant authorities to manage and protect the rights of tourists.

Communication and promotion on digital platforms has been strengthened. Notably, VNAT has coordinated with Google to launch the “Google Arts & Culture – Wonders of Vietnam” project. VNAT also set up a communication program on Youtube called “Discover Vietnam” which attracted a large number of viewers.

Regarding the reopening of inbound tourism, MoCST is coordinating with the relevant ministries and localities to develop a pilot plan to reopen inbound tourism in Phu Quoc town (in Kien Giang province) by applying the certificate of COVID-19 vaccination. This plan will be submitted to the Prime Minister for approval.

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