Hanoi – With
good performance in the COVID-19 combat, central Da Nang city and its
neighbouring province of Quang Nam are seeking permission to welcome
international tourists back.
Lao dong (Labour) newspaper
cited Chairman of the Da Nang People’s Committee Le Trung Chinh as saying that
the city has managed to put the latest coronavirus outbreak under control and
currently ranks eighth among the 63 provinces and cities in terms of the
vaccine coverage, with 95 percent of its population aged 18 and above already
getting the first dose and 15 percent, the second.
In particular, the city has
experience in concurrently receiving people from abroad and ensuring pandemic
prevention and control, he noted.
Da Nang is a tourism hub of
the entire central and Central Highlands regions, but its tourism industry has
been hit hard by the pandemic for the past almost two years. While 90 percent
of travel companies have had to shut down temporarily, 80 percent or 42,000
people directly working in this sector, and hundreds of thousands of indirect
workers have become idle. The tourism and service sectors, accounting for 64.3
percent of the local economy, have shrunk continually.
Given this, the municipal
People’s Committee has proposed the Prime Minister permit the city welcome
foreign visitors back from November.
It expects this move will
help Da Nang gradually recover tourism and achieve the “twin targets” of
fighting COVID-19 and boosting socio-economic development. Tourism recovery is
also hoped to fuel other sectors like transport, industry, trade, construction,
and real estate while keeping the city attractive to travellers when other
destinations around the world are also reopening.
Local authorities asked for
permission to serve foreign visitors in package tours or tour combos and hoped
to receive 15,000 – 20,000 arrivals per month.
Like Da Nang, Quang Nam
province has also submitted a similar proposal to the PM.
It has received about 15,000
Vietnamese citizens returning home from abroad since the start of this year.
Local accommodation facilities and travel and transport companies have done a
good job in serving returnees and ensuring pandemic prevention and control.
This reflects the province’s
readiness to welcome international travellers in the time ahead, according to
To ensure effectiveness of
tourism reopening, Nguyen Xuan Ha from Gami Theme Park Management JSC
recommended authorities issue consistent regulations on transport and travel
among localities and step up vaccinations for tourism workers.
He also suggested priority be
given to international visitors with vaccination certificates, especially those
from Southeast Asian countries.
Phan Xuan Thanh, Chairman of
the Quang Nam Tourism Association, said businesses are ready to take actions as
soon as the administration gives the green light, but authorities should work
to lower interest rates of bank loans and create new capital sources for
enterprises to soon reactivate their operations./.