Good signs for Vietnam’s tourism industry: New normal laidback holidays status after the pandemic

[VNExpress] Several foreigners expressed their joy to be the first tourists to return to Vietnam after nearly two years of border closures. This is considered a good sign in the reopening of Vietnam’s tourism industry in the near future. Some localities such as Phu Quoc, Khanh Hoa, and Quang Nam have welcomed the first foreign guests after 2 years of border closure due to the epidemic.

Hoi An receives int’l tourists after two years

Many locals are present to welcome tourists. One local said it’s been a long time since Hoi An has seen such a festive mood, and hoped more tourists would come in the future. The tourists were among 159 visiting Quang Nam via a trial campaign to apply for vaccine passports, the first international tourists to visit Vietnam after the country closed its borders in March last year due to Covid-19.They include South Koreans, Americans, British and many more.

Quang Nam is expected to receive 200 more tourists from South Korea on Nov. 25. They would stay there for eight days. Hoi An has been open to domestic tourists since Nov. 15.

Hoi An receives int’l tourists after two years
At 8:30 a.m., around 50 international tourists participate in a welcoming ceremony at Chua Cau Temple Bridge. They then split into two groups to explore Hoi An.

A family, Mr. Gundlach and Mrs. Luong Thi Nam and their son visited Quang Nam on Friday morning. Nam said since the pandemic broke two years ago, she had not been able to travel like she used to. When Vietnam decided to open its doors, her family signed up to pay a visit.

“We’ve been to Hoi An before. It’s a wonderful destination with ancient relics and hospitable people,” she said, adding the family would spend eight days in Hoi An before moving on to Hanoi to see their relatives.

Phu Quoc welcomes first int’l tourists under vaccine passport program

A total 204 South Koreans landed on Kien Giang’s Phu Quoc at noon Saturday, becoming the first international tourists to visit the island after nearly two years due to Covid-19. The tourists flew from Seoul to Phu Quoc International Airport and were welcomed by authorities.

Phu Quoc welcomes first int'l tourists under vaccine passport program
A group of South Korean tourists land at the Phu Quoc International Airport, November 20, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Duong Dong

“I am happy to see everything, from the scenery to the way we were received, is so great,” said a tourist on his first trip to Phu Quoc.

Tourists undergo health screening right at the airport, before traveling to Phu Quoc United Center, where they would spend the next four days. Resorts, entertainment and sport venues, parks and zoos, among other services, would all be available. During their trip, tourists would be tested twice, once when they enter the island and again when they leave.

We believe with cooperation between businesses, until the end of the year, Phu Quoc could receive and serve up to 400,000 tourists

Nguyen Luu Trung, deputy chairman of Kien Giang People’s Committee, said the event marks a new chapter for Phu Quoc’s tourism.

Int’l tourists return to UNESCO-recognized My Son Sanctuary

UNESCO heritage site My Son Sanctuary in central Quang Nam Province welcomed its first batch of over 40 foreign tourists Monday after nearly two years due to Covid.

The tourists were among 159 visiting Quang Nam under a vaccine passport trial program, the first international visitors to touch down in Vietnam after the country closed its borders in March last year due to Covid-19.

Int'l tourists return to UNESCO-recognized My Son Sanctuary
A staff of My Son Sanctuary in Quang Nam Province checks foreign tourists’ body temperature at the entrance gate, November 22 2021. Photo courtesy of Vietnam Travel Mart

They had their body temperature checked at the entrance gate and were required to submit health declarations and wear face masks during their trip.

Then, they were taken to the core zone of the sanctuary by an electric shuttle bus where they enjoyed art performances featuring Cham culture and participated in folk games.

South Korean tourists enjoy new normal laidback holiday in Vietnam

On Saturday, 204 South Korean tourists landed at the Phu Quoc Airport, making them the first group of foreign tourists to the island off the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang after nearly two years of border closure.

They were taken to Vinpearl Resort & Spa on Long Beach, where they were tested for the novel coronavirus before going to their rooms on electric bus shuttles.

South Korean tourists enjoy new normal laidback holiday in Vietnam
The visitors watch an art show called “The Quintessence of Vietnam” performed by more than 300 dancers on a stage covering 11,000 square meters.

Kim Dong Wan, 24, said that during two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, he and a group of close friends had stayed put at home and missed traveling. As soon as he learned about the vaccine passport program in Phu Quoc, he signed up to visit Vietnam.

“I am very happy to be one of the first international visitors to Phu Quoc and hope the whole team has a memorable holiday.”

Published by Australian Hospitality Alumni Network Vietnam (AHA Vietnam)

The Official Platform for Australian Hospitality & Tourism Alumni and Professionals in Vietnam.

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