Hanoi (VNA) – Although domestic tourism is rebounding, travel agency still insist on the need to open the borders to tourists from certain countries to revive the industry.
A representative of the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Association said that the implementation of “COVID-19 vaccination passport”Would take a step forward in relaunching tourism.
Tour operators have suggested piloting the reopening in easy-to-control and remote areas, launching charter flights to take tourists to certain sites while limiting travel to various destinations, and administering COVID-19 vaccines to employees there. low.
Huynh Phan Phuong Hoang, deputy general manager of Vietravel, said that while the government weighs in on the issue, Vietnam needs to promote its image as a safe destination ready to welcome international vacationers again.
McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, said Vietnam’s tourism sector relies heavily on international travel, which plunged last year. International flights fell 80% in October 2020 compared to the same period a year earlier.
The sharp drop in the number of foreign travelers has had a disproportionate impact on tourism spending – and Vietnam’s overall economy – as they spend significantly more than their local counterparts.
In 2019, a year in which the tourism industry accounted for 12% of the country’s GDP, international travelers made up only 17% of total tourists to Vietnam, but accounted for more than half of all tourism spending – in average US $ 673 per traveler compared to US $ 61 spent on average by domestic travelers.
According to the company, the majority of Vietnamese international tourists come from Asia, with those from China, Japan, the Republic of Korea (RoK) and Taiwan accounting for around 80% of Vietnam’s foreign tourism spending.
Vietnam’s strong economic ties with these countries could lead to a relatively rapid recovery of the tourism industry relative to other key tourist destinations in Europe and North America, he said.
Domestic tourism has shown clear signs of recovery. Tran Trong Kien, chairman of the National Tourism Advisory Board, cited a latest poll that found more than 83 percent of Vietnamese said they were ready to travel in the next seven months, especially during the summer vacation , and over 72 percent chose the plane. to travel.
To ensure safe travel for customers, travel agencies say they are implementing Ministry of Health anti-pandemic regulations for the tourism industry./.