Binh Thuan minimises COVID-19 impact to boost domestic tourist arrivals this year hinh anh 1Co Thach moss beach – a tourist attraction in Binh Thuan (Photo: VNA)

Binh
Thuan
– The south-central province of Binh Thuan is taking
preventive measures against COVID-19 so as to fulfil its goal of welcoming 6.5
million visitors in 2021.

The
province expects over 90 percent of all tourist arrivals this year to be
Vietnamese and for revenue to reach 15.5 trillion VND (672.2 million USD),
according to the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

To this
end, it is crucial to keep the COVID-19 pandemic at bay, the department said,
adding that it has been sticking to guidelines on preventive measures in the
new context.

An
inter-sectoral force from the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and
Tourism, Department of Health, and local administrations has been established
to inspect the implementation of the guidelines and grant safety labels to those
strictly following them.

According
to the guidelines, local tour operators and providers of lodging and other
tourism-related services must require their tour guides and staff as well as visitors
install and use the Bluezone contact-tracing app.

Each must
also set up an information board providing guidelines on how to stay safe and
prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The local hotline for medical reports
must be visible at reception areas, public spaces, and private rooms in lodging
facilities.

Temperature
checks and hand sanitiser should also be made available to tourists, while services
can only be provided if safe distancing rules are adhered to.

Binh Thuan
remained a safe destination for travellers last year though it was hit hard by
the pandemic. It welcomed 3.2 million tourist arrivals, representing just 46
percent of the annual plan. Tourism revenue plunged 38 percent year-on-year to
9.4 trillion VND./.