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Vietnam to receive first Thai tourists in December

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The first Thai travelers may arrive in Vietnam in December and Vietnamese would be able to travel abroad as part of an official tourism bubble established between the countries.

Vietnam to receive first Thai tourists in December

The information was confirmed by VNAT (Vietnam National Administration of Tourism) General Director Nguyen Trung Khanh at the forum on “Solutions for sustainable tourism recovery in Vietnam” on November 30, 2021.

Regarding the pilot program on receiving foreign travelers to Vietnam, Vietravel Holdings’ Nguyen Quoc Ky noted that Vietnam’s foreign market promotions are small scale, especially as new coronavirus variants are being found, and in the context of travel firms’ limited resources.

The focus should be Southeast and Northeast Asian markets and countries with which Vietnam can establish tourist bubbles.

In Southeast Asia, Malaysia and Singapore have established a tourist bubble and Vietnam should follow the move, connecting more countries, including Thailand and Cambodia.

In Northeast Asia, China won’t open its doors in the immediate time, so it is better to target Japan and South Korea. Ky from Vietravel has proposed that VNAT work with tourism representative agencies of the two countries in Vietnam on a tourist bubble. The travelers from the two countries have begun coming to Vietnam.

Khanh said Thailand has been succeeding with Phuket Sandbox model, commencing on July 1. The market has opened its doors to travelers from 63 markets using vaccine passports.

“VNAT and TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) will have a meeting for development. We are preparing the content for the meeting’s agenda, including traveler exchange in the second phase of Vietnam’s pilot program on receiving foreign travelers (from January 2022),” Khanh said.

“It’s expected that a group of Thai tourists will come to Vietnam this month. This will be a model for Vietnam to consider the ‘tourist bubble’ cooperation with countries in the time to come,” he said.

Vietnam began receiving foreign travelers with vaccine passports in a pilot program in late November. To date, three out of five localities have begun receiving travelers, namely Quang Nam, Phu Quoc and Khanh Hoa.

In early May, when Thailand discussed the tourist bubble plan, it expressed a wish to negotiate a tourist bubble with Vietnam, Singapore, Laos and Malaysia.

Vu The Binh, Deputy Chair of the Vietnam Tourism Association (VTA), thinks that Vietnam will not restrict foreign travelers if their home markets can satisfy requirements.

Vietnam will open its tourism market but under a well-designed roadmap with strict control to ensure safety. In the immediate time, Vietnam will prioritize travelers from safe markets such as Japan, South Korea, some European countries, the US, and then Southeast Asia. Vietnam will do this step by step, learning from experience.

If Vietnam launches a tourist bubble program with Thailand and some Southeast Asian countries, Vietnamese travelers will have the opportunity to travel abroad.

The General Statistics Office (GSO) reported that 15,000 foreigners came to Vietnam in November, an increase of 42.4 percent over the previous month, and 140,000 in the first 11 months, a sharp fall of 96.3 percent compared with the same period last year. Of these, 96,600 foreigners traveled by air, accounting for 69 percent.

The travelers came to Vietnam on packaged tours, and on chartered and commercial flights to selected destinations.

Five localities are allowed to receive foreign travelers under the pilot program: Phu Quoc (Kien Giang province), Khanh Hoa, Quang Nam, Da Nang and Quang Ninh.

From November, foreign travelers to Phu Quoc City, Khanh Hoa, Quang Nam, Da Nang and Quang Ninh, who have negative testing results, can participate in packaged tours immediately without having a 7-day quarantine.

According to Khanh Hoa Tourism Department, there were only 4,000 travelers to the province in September, while the figure tripled in October, with 14,000 travelers (the province opened on October 1, 2021), and rose by seven times in November, with 30,000 travelers. This included 1,500 foreign travelers. Tourism revenue in November was estimated at VND200 billion.

In an effort to attract foreign travelers, VNAT has launched a promotion “Live fully in Vietnam” with the Vietnam national tourism brand identity – Timeless Charm.

The agency is running a series of tourism promotion and advertisement and demand stimulus activities, with video clips and articles on domestic and international mass media channels. 

Ngoc Ha

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/feature/vietnam-to-receive-first-thai-tourists-in-december-797614.html

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Tourism board proposes complete opening of market from May 1

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The Tourism Advisory Board (TAB), the Private Sector Development Committee (Committee IV) and the Vietnam Business Forum (VBF) Alliance have proposed that the Government remove all domestic and international travel restrictions and completely reopen the tourism market from May 1.

Tourism board proposes complete opening of market from May 1 hinh anh 1Tourists in Hoi An (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – The Tourism Advisory Board (TAB), the Private Sector Development Committee (Committee IV) and the Vietnam Business Forum (VBF) Alliance have proposed that the Government remove all domestic and international travel restrictions and completely reopen the tourism market from May 1.

In a recent letter sent to the Prime Minister, the eighth that the TAB has sent to the Government leader since COVID-19 broke out in Vietnam, the three agencies explained that they choose the date to give enough time for travel firms, hotels and airlines to make necessary preparations and for localities to complete the vaccination of booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines to local residents.

They stressed the need for all central agencies to work closely together to design necessary mechanisms and procedures to implement the plan, suggesting the expansion of visa exemption for visitors from all targeted tourism markets and countries with strong investment in Vietnam.

In the letter, the three offices highlighted the Government’s success in making Vietnam one of the six countries with the highest COVID-19 vaccination coverage in the world, as well as efforts by ministries and sectors in reopening the country through pilot programmes to receive international tourists and resume a number of regular international air routes which is expected to help many travel firms survive.

They stressed that it’s time to define the time to return to the new normal situation.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism plans to hold a conference on January 24 with the participation of representatives of six ministries and 20 localities and well as major travel firms to discuss the complete open of the tourism market on the April 30-May 1 holidays in a safe manner.

After two months of implementing the pilot scheme to welcome foreign visitors, the tourism sector has served nearly 8,000 with high safety level./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/tourism-board-proposes-complete-opening-of-market-from-may-1/221031.vnp

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Quang Ninh ready to welcome foreign tourists back

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The northern coastal province of Quang Ninh is ready to welcome international tourists back from late January or early February.

Quang Ninh ready to welcome foreign tourists back hinh anh 1Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh province (Photo: VNA)

Quang Ninh – The northern coastal province of Quang Ninh is
ready to welcome international tourists back from late January or early
February.

The province is among seven localities nationwide chosen to pilot reopening
doors to foreign visitors in a bid to revive the tourism industry after a long
hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuan Chau Group was selected to welcome and serve
international tourists to the province. The group has directed relevant
units to make thorough preparations, ensure necessary facilities, sufficient medical
equipment and supplies.

Travel agencies, businesses, hotels, accommodation
establishments and restaurants have prepared the best and safest options for
international tourists to feel secure when coming to Quang Ninh.

At present, Quang Ninh has 625 tourist businesses and establishments
that meet safety criteria for pandemic prevention and control set by the
province, of which there are 471 accommodation establishments, 79 shopping and
dining establishments, 13 tourist sites, and 62 tour and transportation
companies. With these destinations and service facilities, when visitors come
to and use their services, safety can be ensured at the highest level.

In order to attract both domestic and foreign tourists to Quang Ninh, the provincial Department of Tourism has stepped up tourism
promotion activities, created new tourism products and services and those with regional
linkage, develop a safe tourism programme, and select typical and safe tourism
products to introduce to travel and tourism businesses.

The department’s director Pham Ngoc Thuy said it is committed to accompanying businesses and tourists, issuing appropriate and
humane solutions to handle situations arising in the process of welcoming
tourists, and continue monitoring and making recommendations to authorities
at all levels to make timely and appropriate adjustments to the new situation so
as to ensure flexible and safe adaptation./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/quang-ninh-ready-to-welcome-foreign-tourists-back/220985.vnp

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Red River Delta listed among 52 best travel destinations in 2022

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New York Times has included Red River Delta, home to long-standing craft villages and a century-old cultural heritage, in its annual list of 52 best places to travel in 2022.

It was also the only representative in Southeast Asia to break into the list compiled by travel editors of the New York Times based on more than 2,000 suggestions. After two years of the Covid-19 crisis, this year’s list highlights places that can deal with problems like overcrowding and climate change.

“Once travel begins to normalize, tourists will undoubtedly flock to Vietnam’s world-famous beaches and dynamic megacities. But head north to the traditional villages of Red River Delta, and you can immerse yourself in centuries-old cultural practices and a way of life at risk of disappearing,” the U.S. newspaper wrote.

It added that Red River Delta is the cradle of quan ho folk singing, recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2010./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/red-river-delta-listed-among-52-best-travel-destinations-in-2022/220961.vnp

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