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HCM City: 90 percent of small travel firms suspend operations

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More than 20,000 staff at hotels and tourist accommodations in Ho Chi Minh City were laid off or put on unpaid leave in the first quarter of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report by the municipal Department of Tourism.

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Foreign tourists in HCM City.

Nearly 7,700 staff or 27 percent of 28,000 workers at hotels and tourist accommodations in the city are working with reduction in working time, the report showed.

Hotels and tourist accommodations reported a year-on-year decline of 58 percent in turnover in the first quarter of the year.

Many travel firms have put most employees on leave without pay until the pandemic ends as their operations remain suspended.

Travel firms have seen tourist numbers and revenues plummet by 50-60 percent in the first quarter compared to the same period last year, and some firms reported a 95-100 percent drop in tourist numbers and revenues.

In the first quarter of the year, 90 percent of more than 1,000 small and medium-sized travel firms suspended operations as the coronavirus shut down travel.

Large firms have operated with only a few employees on the job and have not operated trips.

In the first quarter of the year, the city saw a year-on-year fall of 42 percent in overseas tourists and 26 percent in turnover.

HCM City’s Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs plans to spend 236 billion VND (10 million USD) on relief payments for 47,000 workers who have been laid off and teachers and childcare workers at private nurseries and pre-schools that were closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Initial statistics compiled by the department showed that as of April 13, nearly 47,000 workers in the city had been laid off as enterprises cut capacity or suspended operations, including 840 workers at industrial parks and export processing zones, 1,970 workers at HCM City High-tech Park, and 44,000 workers at enterprises operating in 24 districts.

A total of 31,500 teachers and childcare workers went on leave without pay due to closures of private nurseries and pre-schools.

Le Minh Tan, director of the department, said that local authorities would continue to update the list of unemployed workers to offer financial relief.

The unemployed will receive monthly relief payments of 1 million VND (42 USD) per person for three months, starting in April, Tan said.

Around 3.2 million workers are employed by 415,000 enterprises in the city./.

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/hcm-city-90-percent-of-small-travel-firms-suspend-operations-633700.html

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Domestic market to drive tourism recovery in 2023: insider

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With stronger tourism growth forecast for this year, the domestic market is expected to give the strongest boost to the recovery of this sector.

Domestic market to drive tourism recovery in 2023: insider hinh anh 1Visitors to Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh province (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – With stronger tourism growth forecast for this year, the domestic
market is expected to give the strongest boost to the recovery of this sector.

Not Chinese
travellers or any other sources of international tourists, it is the domestic
sector that will remain the “brightest” factor helping Vietnam’s tourism continue
recovering strongly in 2023, Nguyen Huu Y Yen, General Director of the Saigontourist
Travel Service Co. Ltd, said as cited by Thanh nien (Young people) newspaper.

He said
before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, the three biggest sources of foreign
visitors to Vietnam were China, Russia, and the Republic of Korea (RoK).

Charter
flights from the RoK have been resumed just recently while there haven’t been
many Chinese tourists, and Russian tourists haven’t returned. The European and
US markets have begun to bounce back but are unlikely to record a breakthrough in
2023, he pointed out.

Yen
expected the number of international tourists in 2023 will return to about 50%
of the 2019 level. Meanwhile, in just over six months of 2022, the number of
domestic travellers rebounded to over 50% of the pre-pandemic level, and this
year’s figure will definitely reach 70 – 75%. Outbound tourism will also share
the same trend.

The
domestic market can regain the 2019 growth in 2024, the Saigontourist CEO predicted.

About 9
million Vietnamese travelled during the recent Lunar New Year holiday, surging 47.5%
year on year, statistics show.

Nguyen
Trung Khanh, General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism,
expressed his belief that 2023 will be a vibrant year for Vietnamese tourism in
terms of both domestic and international markets.

He cited
some experts as saying that the world will witness vigorous growth in travel
demand this year. As a bright spot in the global tourism map, Vietnam will
definitely not be out of this trend./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/domestic-market-to-drive-tourism-recovery-in-2023-insider/247667.vnp

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Da Nang promotes food into unique tourism product

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Not only famous for its beautiful natural landscapes, bridges and diverse cultural heritage as well as hospitality of the locals, the central coastal city of Da Nang boasts rich food known to world tourists for its unique taste.

Da Nang promotes food into unique tourism product hinh anh 1Da Nang promotes food into unique tourism product (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi– Not only famous for its
beautiful natural landscapes, bridges and diverse cultural heritage as well as
hospitality of the locals, the central coastal city of Da Nang boasts rich food known to world tourists for its
unique taste.

A convergence of local specialties and those of nearby provinces and
foreign countries, Da Nang is considered as a representative of the rich
culinary heritage of Vietnam.

Some of must-try dishes include banh xeo (Vietnamese pancake),
mi Quang (Quang noodles), Banh trang cuon thit heo (sliced pork rolled with
rice paper), goi ca Nam O (Nam O fish salad), among others.

According to the municipal Department of Tourism, there are now
more than 4,000 dining establishments and 200 restaurants in the city. Of this, over 2,000 small- and medium-sized ones specialise in dishes of
all regions of Vietnam.

Besides the taste of local dishes, foreign tourists can find themselves in a familiar atmosphere as they are surrounded with those from the Republic of Korea, China,
Japan, and Thailand.

Over the past time, the Da Nang’s Tourism Promotion Centre and the Da Nang Cuisine Culture Association have jointly organised food festivals and competitions, and promoted the city’s famous dishes on internet platforms
such as YouTube and TikTok.

Da Nang promotes food into unique tourism product hinh anh 2Son Tra night market (Photo:VNA)

Deputy Director of the department Nguyen Xuan Binh said to attract more tourists,
the city has developed a plan to promote the locality’s cuisine into a
unique tourism product during 2023-2025, with a vision to 2030.

The plan aims to diversify and form a system of such products, thus greatly contributing to building the brand and
image of the city’s tourist destinations, promoting economic development,
generating revenue, effectively exploiting the value chains, and preserving and
enhancing the exchange of cultural values to tourists./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/da-nang-promotes-food-into-unique-tourism-product/247662.vnp

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Tourism sector serves 13 million domestic ​tourists in January

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The Vietnamese tourism industry served 13 million domestic tourists in January, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Tourism sector serves 13 million domestic ​tourists in January hinh anh 1Tourism sector serves 13 million domestic tourists in January (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – The Vietnamese tourism
industry served 13 million domestic tourists in January, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

Total revenue from tourists during the month was estimated at 46 trillion VND (1.96 billion USD).

During the seven-day Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday that lasted from January 20-26, the country was estimated to serve 9 million
domestic visitors, an increase of about 47.5% compared to the 2022 Tet, with an estimated revenue of 17.5 trillion VND.

The local tourism sector targets 110 million tourists this year, including 8
million foreign visitors and 102 million domestic holiday-makers; and earn some
650 trillion VND from the non-smoke industry.

In 2022, Vietnam recorded around 101.3 million domestic tourists, exceeding the yearly plan by 68.3% . The tourism sector booked some 495 trillion VND (21.1 billion USD) in revenue, 23% higher than the target, thanks to the whopping number of domestic tourists./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/tourism-sector-serves-13-million-domestic-tourists-in-january/247635.vnp

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