Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh asks the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) to consider and announce a detailed roadmap for the reopening of Vietnam’s tourism industry.
The order was made in response to the Vietnam Tourism Association’s petition for possible solutions for the recovery of the tourism industry. After a two-year shutdown, plans are being finalized to fully reopen Vietnam to international tourism by March 31, rather than waiting until May.
The story is that an earlier reopening will boost international arrivals towards Vietnam’s peak season, helping those in the travel industry that have struggled over the past two years.
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The government office issued Document No. 758/VPCP-KGVX on January 29 on behalf of the Prime Minister, requesting the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to work on the detailed roadmap for the reopening.
The regions of Phu Quoc, Da Nang, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Ha Long Bay, Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Dinh were the first regions in the country to welcome foreign visitors since the shutdown in early 2020, but tourism has yet to come back full hallway.
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The country is currently in the second phase of reopening, which is expected to end on March 30.
Vietnam’s tourist revenues have fallen further in 2021 after an already poor business year in 2020.
The data showed that Vietnam received just over 157,000 international tourists in 2021, a dramatic drop from more than 3.8 million arrivals the previous year, due to the aftermath of the pandemic.