The tourism industry is expected to provide services to 65 million holidaymakers by 2022, including about 5 million foreign visitors, said Doan Van Viet, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
According to a report by the VOV, the sector aims to earn VND 400 trillion in tourism services this year, Viet told a press conference on Feb. 23 to announce the National Tourism Jaar-Quang Nam 2022.
He said the sector is showing signs of recovery after two years of being the victim of the protracted COVID-19 pandemic. During the nine-day New Year’s holiday that ended on February 6, the sector served 6.1 million domestic vacationers.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is actively working with relevant ministries and sectors to realize the recent government decision to reopen all borders to international tourism from March 15, he stressed.
In 2021, the industry was still going through the COVID-19 crisis, serving only 40 million domestic visitors and earning approximately VND 180 trillion. Since mid-November last year, it has started welcoming foreign visitors with vaccine passports under a pilot project approved by the Prime Minister.
However, the number of foreign visitors to Vietnam remains modest, reaching only 9,000 people, according to the VOV, mainly due to health quarantine and visa policies.