Nghe An – A conference
was held in Cua Lo beach town, the central province of Nghe An, on December 25 to look
into the tourism industry under the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact and discuss ways
to promote this sector’s recovery and development in the time ahead.
The hybrid event was attended by Vice
Chairman of the National Assembly Tran Thanh Man, officials of central agencies
and localities, along with representatives of the World Travel and Tourism
Council (WTTC), the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), and hundreds of
experts, enterprises, and organisations operating in the tourism sector.
Dac Vinh, Chairman of the National Assembly’s Committee for Cultural and
Education Affairs, said affected by COVID-19, Vietnam’s tourism has been facing
unprecedented difficulties over the last nearly two years. As the pandemic is
gradually being brought under control, the tourism sector and the economy as a
whole are taking steps to surmount hardships, but the path to tourism recovery
and flexible and safe adaptation to the outbreak remains full of challenges.
Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Doan Van Viet noted Vietnam
welcomed just 3.7 million foreign tourist arrivals in 2020, dropping 80 percent
year on year, while the number of domestic visitors stood at 56 million, down
34 percent, and tourism revenue also plunged 59 percent to 312.2 trillion VND (13.6
This year, the fourth wave of infections
nationwide led to a stagnation in socio-economic activities of many localities for
months. The country stayed closed to international tourists, and domestic
travellers continued declining by almost 30 percent from the same period of
Viet noted that to help the tourism
industry overcome the current trying time and resume development, the
parliament and Government should promote the tourism recovery and development
programme, which is part of the socio-economic recovery and development
programme for 2022 – 2023; continue assisting businesses and workers in this sector;
issue new mechanisms and policies facilitating tourism; boost the attraction of
investment to nighttime, ecological, leisure, and community-based tourism; step
up digital transformation in tourism; and make plans on developing tourism
personnel in the new normal context./.