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Vietnam plans return of tourism and hospitality after COVID-19

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After a bad year for business in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down travel around the world, Vietnam’s tourism revenue fell even further this year. Plans were discussed by experts at a forum to access the current state of the hospitality market and map out a way towards a post-COVID-19 recovery.

Vietnam plans return of tourism and hospitality after COVID-19 hinh anh 1A view of Cat Ba Archipelago in Hai Phong city. (Photo: VNA)


Hanoi –
 After a bad year for business in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down travel around the world, Vietnam’s tourism revenue fell even further this year. Plans were discussed by experts at a forum to access the current state of the hospitality market and map out a way towards a post-COVID-19 recovery.

Speaking at the “Vietnam Tourism and Hospitality – Managing in Uncertain Times and the Way Forward”, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu said the tourism industry experienced a decline of 16 percent in domestic visitors and 41 percent in tourism revenue in the first nine months of 2021, compared to the same period last year. 

“Accommodations, tour operators and travel services have been shut down or closed temporarily while most international and domestic flights have been cancelled or interrupted significantly due to travel restrictions,” Sieu said.

“The percentage of occupied rooms in Vietnam’s accommodation services was about 20 percent in 2020 and less than 10 percent in 2021.”

RMIT Head of Management Department from the School of Business & Management Associate, Professor Nguyen Quang Trung, observed that “the past two years have been challenging for the hospitality and tourism landscape, leading to a really tough time for hotels, restaurants and tourism establishments.”

In response to these uncertain times, InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72 General Manager, Patrick Verove, shared proactive plans which have helped the hotel overcome the difficulties. 

“At a time of great uncertainty, we have ensured guests can trust us for flexibility, cleanliness, safety and wellbeing priority,” Verove said. 

“Faced with temporary closures and low demand, we have identified ways for operational changes to improve profitability, protect cash flow, apply sophisticated digital solutions and train our staff with a growth mindset.”

Capella Hotel General Manager, Christoph Strahm, emphasised the hotel had taken various measures including speeding up the adaptation of “state-of-the-art” technology and the implementation of touchless services to deliver a modern guest experience.

“We have prioritised safety for both guests and staff by adopting touchless services such as contactless check-in and check-out, in-room tablets, mobile key and press reader, among others,” Strahm said.

When talking about the local tourism recovery plan, experts thought about how the easing of restrictions can be managed, in line with the economy getting back on track. The tourism sector is expected to benefit from recovery measures and stimulus packages, allowing the sector to return gradually.

Sieu urged tourism and hospitality companies to revise their development strategies to adapt to new trends in tourism demands.

“Domestic tourism will surge, with a large proportion of travellers favouring green destinations ranging from beaches, mountains, forests, and national parks, followed by cuisine, culture, history and entertainment,” he said.

“Tourism and hospitality companies should innovate and diversify into new products which focus on wellness, safety, nature and authentic experiences.”

Two other panellists at the forum included Frasers Suites Hanoi General Manager, Sandy Ng, and Silk Path Hotels General Manager and Chief Business Officer, Nguyen Thi Thanh Thủy.

Following the success of a previous event in January, the online forum attracted close to 100 participants. They included local authorities and business leaders in the tourism and hospitality industry, as well as academics and students./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/vietnam-plans-return-of-tourism-and-hospitality-after-covid19/210236.vnp

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The best street food in Vietnam

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The editors of Lonely Planet, which has sold 145 million travel guidebooks worldwide, have named dumplings as Vietnam’s greatest street food.

One of the world’s top street food locations, according to Lonely Planet’s assessment, is Vietnam. Visitors can experience the country’s diverse culinary culture without ever having to venture into a posh restaurant.

Authors Barbara Adam and James Pham have compiled a list of the greatest street cuisine in Vietnam that many tourists have never heard of in a new guidebook called ‘Eat Vietnam’.

Street food outdoor spots

In Southeast Asia, especially Vietnam, street culture is a favorite pastime for many people. Particularly in major cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, multigenerational families generally live in cramped quarters. Food and drink establishments set up shop on the sidewalk since people cannot gather for idle moments in their homes or in such close proximity.

Street cuisine in Vietnam is linked to the country’s cultural variety. It is common for individuals from around the country to come together in large cities for education and employment. Rental properties with basic living conditions such as gas burners for making quick meals are the sole options for these people.

Street eateries are popular in Vietnam because they allow customers to experience the lively scene outside rather than the cooped-up confines of their rooms all day. When visiting Vietnam, modest pleasures such as windy evenings, motorbike rides to a sidewalk vendor, and a few nibbles are regarded worthwhile.

1. Dumplings (Bánh bao)

The cake is made of flour and stuffed with a mixture of minced pork, onions, and shiitake mushrooms, among other ingredients. Salted eggs or quail eggs are common additions in several recipes. Peel off the hot paper behind the cake before you devour this non fatty and healthful food.

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2. Bloating fern-shaped cake (Bánh bèo)

It is common for banh beo, which is made from steamed rice flour, to arrive with dried shrimp, onion oil, bread, and fish sauce on a tiny plate. They all go together beautifully. Diners can relish this food on the go, at their leisure.

Ẩm thực đường phố,Du lịch Việt Nam

3. Vietnamese custard cake (Bánh căn)

Baked in little earthenware pots, the cakes made from rice flour are cooked over a glowing ember. The vendor will then top the dish with a generous helping of grilled pork, shrimp, and a quail egg. Banh Can is also commonly served with mango slivers and a signature dipping sauce.

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4. Vietnamese rice paper salad (Bánh tráng trộn)

Because of its flavorful combination of sour and spicy, this meal is a popular choice for many young people. Grated mango, cooked quail eggs, a little dried shrimp, herbs, crispy roasted peanuts with soy sauce, and satay are all put together in a rice paper wrapper.

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5. Stir-fried corn (Ngô/bắp xào)

De-seeded corn sauteed with butter, dried shrimp and spring onions is a recurrent dish especially in chilly weather. Stir-fried corn can effortlessly be found in many street-food stalls. There also is a ‘grilled corn with onion fat’ variation.

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6.Salty popiah, sweet popiah (Bò bía)

Snacks like sausages, fried eggs, carrots, lettuce, cassava root or kohlrabi, dried shrimp, herbs…are shredded into tiny strips and put into rice paper rolls for a salty popiah dish. It comes with chili sauce, crushed peanuts, and dried onions as a dipping sauce. 

Despite the minimal components including just a single malt candy bar wrapped with shredded coconut, the flavor of sweet popiah is unexpectedly enticing.

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7. Fried rice flour (Bột chiên)

Bot chien is famous especially in southern Vietnam. It is made of eggs, green onion, shredded papaya, and ketchup sauteed with finger-sized pieces of steamed rice flour.

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8. Papaya salad (Nộm đu đủ)

Green papaya, carrots, dried meat, herbs, toasted peanuts and basic spices are all that are needed to make a simple papaya salad that is both refreshing and satisfying to eat! People are drawn to this meal because of its harmonious and healthful flavor largely from vegetables and its eye-catching color formation of the light green color of papaya, the bright orange color of carrots, the dark green color of herbs and the yellow-brown color of dried beef.

Ẩm thực đường phố,Du lịch Việt Nam

9. Crab soup (Súp cua)

Crab soup with aromatic crab flesh, well-stirred eggs, straw mushrooms, and quail eggs is readily available in Saigon’s streets. Depending on your preference, you may add a dash of pepper, coriander, or chili sauce to your meal and stir thoroughly.

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10. Sticky rice

Visitors to Vietnam may readily obtain a wide variety of wonderful sticky rice, both salty and sweet, on many streets and alleyways. In addition to bread, sticky rice is a common breakfast in Vietnam.

Ẩm thực đường phố,Du lịch Việt Nam

After releasing its debut guidebook (‘Across Asia on the Cheap’) in 1973, Lonely Planet became known as a publisher of the world’s best-selling travel publications. Its insightful and practical advice has assisted millions of travelers in making the most of their journeys across the globe throughout the years.

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/feature/the-best-street-food-in-vietnam-798666.html

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A mysterious temple that travelers should visit in Vung Tau

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Hon Ba temple, located on an island, has become a special tourist destination since the emergence of a path to this island in Vung Tau.

Hon Ba temple was built on Hon Ba Island, from which visitors at sunset and sunrise can observe the most poetic views on the island.

The height of Hon Ba temple is four meters above sea level.

People can go to the temple by boat or on foot depending on the tides. But most visitors chose to walk for an exciting experience. As a result, they can only visit the temple twelve times a month.

Following this path means that they cross over a broad swath of rough ground filled with oysters with jagged shells. To avoid stumbling or scratching their skin, visitors must tread cautiously.

When the tides are out, especially on the 15th and 16th every month according to the lunar calendar, a 200-meter road which leads to Hon Ba temple will gradually emerge. Visitors should choose suitable footwear to walk on the road.

Hon Ba temple was built in the 19th century to worship gods, especially Thuy Long Than Nu, as residents believed this holy god could protect them from natural disasters and help fishermen with their trips.

Hon Ba temple has four worship periods a year (January, April, July, and October, according to the lunar calendar), depending on the tides. In January, especially on full moon day, travelers in tours around Vung Tau have a chance to go to Hon Ba temple to pray for a good year.

Mr. Hoai Duc, a visitor from Binh Thuan, said:” I was able to visit Hon Ba temple twice. Before I went on the trip, my friends told me to pay attention to the tides and choose a suitable time to visit. If my timing was wrong, I would not be able to find the path to the island.”

Mrs. Luu Chi, a visitor from Ho Chi Minh City, had the opportunity to go to the temple by both travel methods. She had to hire a boat to arrive at the temple as the tide was in that day. This helped her have experience for the next visit and, a couple of months later, she went to the island again with her family.

“As it was the weekend, there were a large number of travelers waiting until the tide was out to walk to the temple. In the evening, the lights from the temple made the surrounding view very alluring. This was an exciting experience for my family,” she said.

Ngôi miếu 'thoắt ẩn thoắt hiện', khách ghé thăm phải canh giờ ở Vũng Tàu

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Ngôi miếu 'thoắt ẩn thoắt hiện', khách ghé thăm phải canh giờ ở Vũng Tàu

Hon Ba temple is located on an island which has the same name. (Photo: @tam.maris)

Ngôi miếu 'thoắt ẩn thoắt hiện', khách ghé thăm phải canh giờ ở Vũng Tàu

The poetic beauty of Hon Ba Island in Vung Tau. (Photo: @princebon)

Ngôi miếu 'thoắt ẩn thoắt hiện', khách ghé thăm phải canh giờ ở Vũng Tàu

Travelers can only visit Hon Ba temple 12 times a month, depending on the tides. (Photo: @jkhobson)

Ngôi miếu 'thoắt ẩn thoắt hiện', khách ghé thăm phải canh giờ ở Vũng Tàu

Visitors can arrive at Hon Ba temple by boat if they cannot walk. However, they will have to enter the harbour to the east of the island before starting the journey. (Photo: Phuong Hang)

Ngôi miếu 'thoắt ẩn thoắt hiện', khách ghé thăm phải canh giờ ở Vũng Tàu

When the tide is out, a 200-meter road which leads to Hon Ba temple will gradually emerge. (Photo: @tuanto278)

Ngôi miếu 'thoắt ẩn thoắt hiện', khách ghé thăm phải canh giờ ở Vũng Tàu

Hon Ba temple is a well-known spiritual destination in Vung Tau. (Photo: @jkhobson)

Ngôi miếu 'thoắt ẩn thoắt hiện', khách ghé thăm phải canh giờ ở Vũng Tàu

 In the temple, people worship many gods, especially Thuy Long Than Nu, a god that protects them from natural disasters and helps fishermen on their trips. (Photo: @jkhobson)

Ngôi miếu 'thoắt ẩn thoắt hiện', khách ghé thăm phải canh giờ ở Vũng Tàu

Visitors can enjoy many interesting activities while staying on Hon Ba island such as collecting oysters. (Photo: @ttgiianng)

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/a-mysterious-temple-that-travelers-should-visit-in-vung-tau-798685.html

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HCM City promotes tourism on virtual platforms

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Ho Chi Minh City has actively applied technology and digital platforms to promote tourism, introduce safe destinations to tourists and create favourable conditions for tourism businesses to operate in a secure and flexible manner during the pandemic.

HCM City promotes tourism on virtual platforms hinh anh 1Illustrative image.(Photo:ngayhoidulich.visit.thcmc.vn)

HCM City – Ho
Chi Minh City has actively applied technology and digital platforms
to promote tourism, introduce safe destinations to tourists and create favourable conditions for tourism businesses to operate in a secure and
flexible manner during the pandemic.

The 17th Ho Chi Minh
City Tourism Festival, running virtually from
December 4 to 25, is an effort in this direction. 

Anyone can participate in the
festival, which is co-organised by the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism and Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Association,  by logging on to the event’s official website
(ngayhoidulich.visithcmc.vn) or via Shopee e-commerce platform and Traveloka
online tour agent.

Thanks
to 2D and 3D platforms, visitors can experience the virtual exhibition booths, and receive direct support and advice through
message or email. They can also make direct transactions to buy their favourite
products and find super promotions in line with the time frame of the
stalls.

Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, director of the HCM City’s
Department of Tourism said to improve the effectiveness of tourism promotion of
the city, the department has set up a modern platform designed to
introduce its tourism. Particularly, the department has coordinated with
Onicorn Media in developing the HoChiMinhCity Tourism app that enables users to
find information about the city’s destinations more easily, Hoa said.

Phan Thi
Thang, vice-chairwoman of the municipal People’s Committee, said the tourism industry
is identified as a key economic sector, contributing more than 10 percent to
the city’s Gross Regional Domestic Product prior to the pandemic period.

The
number of international visitors to HCM City accounts for about 50 percent of international tourists to
Vietnam while domestic tourists to the city make up more than 30 percent
of domestic travellers. The city’s tourism revenue is about 25
percent of that of the whole country.

The tourism festival is a
practical activity, meeting the visitors’ demand in a safe manner while
facilitating localities across the country to introduce their typical tourism products,
Thang said, adding that it helped strengthen coordination between HCM City and
other provinces and cities.

Nguyen Trung Khanh, director
general of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism said the organisation of
the 17th Ho Chi Minh Tourism Festival in the virtual form with the participation of 100
tourism firms and agencies will stimulate the demand for research and purchase
of tourism products of tourists from all over the country.

The number of domestic tourists
to HCM City reached nearly 9 million in 11 months of 2021, down 41 percent and
71 percent compared to those of 2020 and 2019.

Total revenue from tourists hit
42.6 trillion VND in the first 11 months of this year, a decline of 44 percent from the previous year and 69.7
percent from two years ago./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/hcm-city-promotes-tourism-on-virtual-platforms/216660.vnp

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