Solutions to open domestic and international tourism in Quang Nam Province

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- On October 21, 2021, Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the People's Committee of Quang Nam Province held an online meeting on assessing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the tourism industry, discussing solutions to reopening for domestic and international tourists to Quang Nam.

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Mr. Nguyen Trung Khanh, Chaiman of VNAT and Mr. Tran Van Tan, Chairman of Quang Nam Provincial People's Committee co-presided the meeting. There were many participants being from Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, Vietnam Tourism Association, Quang Nam People's Committee, Quang Nam Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and related departments, travel businesses, hotels, resorts, airlines agencies...

During nearly two years, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a heavy impact on the Quang Nam tourism industry. Over 90% of tourism businesses in Quang Nam have suspended operations; about 90 businesses operate in moderation; nearly 14,000 employees in the industry lost jobs. In the 9 months of 2021, Quang Nam tourism was estimated loss about 15 trillion VND.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hong - Director of Quang Nam Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said that in order to reopen for tourists under the “new normal context", Quang Nam tourism has developed a draft provisional guideline "Adapting safely, flexibly, controlling effectively the COVID-19 pandemic” for tourism activities in the locality.

The department also informed that recently, Quang Nam Province interests in developing products suitable for changing needs of domestic tourists. The tourism industry has promoted attracting tourists to Cu Lao Cham Islands, An Bang Beach, Cam Thanh coconut forest, etc. through a series of events and festivals.

An Bang Beach. Photo internet

The resorts, hotels, airlines have paid attention to implement criteria of pandemic prevention and control. Ms. Hoang Le Phuong Linh, representative of Vinpearl Nam Hoi An, said that the resort has prepared facilities for the reopening to welcome tourists with strict implementation of pandemic prevention and control, ensuring safety in all activities to serve guests. Besides, Vinpearl Nam Hoi An cooperates with localities and partners in Da Nang, Thua Thien Hue... to flexibly develop attractive and safe products and tours.

In the meeting, the delegates focused on discussion of principle issues such as safety is the foremost criterion in the reopening and recovery of tourism, strengthening linkages and developing attractive and suitable tourism products, applying digital technology to support opening of tourism activities.

The Chairman of VNAT Nguyen Trung Khanh suggested that Quang Nam Province and businesses need to consider reopening tourism with ensuring safety criteria. In particular, special attention should be paid to vaccination; giving priority to vaccination for labors in the tourism industry. Quang Nam also needs to promulgate mechanisms and policies to effectively support businesses and workers in the tourism industry. The province continues to pay attention to attracting human resources back to the tourism industry, retraining and developing professional skills to improve the quality of tourism human resources.

Taking advantage of natural and ecological resources, Quang Nam should focus on developing several new types of tourism to meet the needs of tourists such as eco-tourism, rural tourism, and resorts associated with nature. 

In addition, localities and businesses need to improve communication and promotion of attractive tourism products and programs to attract tourists. It is necessary to enhance the application of information technology and digital transformation to effectively support tourism recovery.

At the same time, Quang Nam needs to focus on strengthening linkages and cooperation in tourism recovery, including linkages between departments and agencies in the province, between tourism service providers, between Quang Nam and other localities.

TITC