Opening the way for tourism recovery

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On June 11, the Politburo agreed to research and pilot the use of "vaccine passports" with international visitors to some tourist centers that can control the epidemic, such as in Ho Chi Minh City. Phu Quoc, Kien Giang province. This is the good news of the tourism industry in opening the way to tourism recovery after a long time of being "frozen" due to the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic.

Piloting the use of “vaccine passports”

Facing the policy of piloting the use of "vaccine passports" to welcome international visitors, the tourism industry seems to be energized to build the fastest recovery scenario, after the heavy losses caused by the Covid-19 epidemic. out in the past 2 years. Standing Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Association Vu The Binh said that tourism businesses are all very excited, because this is the solution for tourism activities to gradually return to a new normal state.

According to Deputy General Director of the General Department of Tourism (Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism) Ha Van Sieu, the pilot study to welcome international guests in the condition that they have had enough vaccines at this time is very suitable to Tourism industry implements "dual goals", both effective prevention and control of epidemics and socio-economic development, especially when countries in the region, such as Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, etc. currently piloting the opening to welcome international visitors from the beginning of this July. "The problem is to develop a safe and effective welcome scenario, suitable to Vietnam's epidemic prevention and control conditions," said Ha Van Sieu.

From a travel perspective, many units expressed their joy because this policy will open up opportunities for the tourism industry to calculate solutions to safely pick up guests as well as improve service quality. Chairman of the Hanoi Travel Association, Director of Hanoitourist Travel Company Phung Quang Thang said that, after a long time being heavily affected by the Covid-19 epidemic, the "fitness" of tourism businesses is very "weak". , being able to welcome international guests is like a "spiritual medicine", helping units to "recover health".

Meanwhile, President of the UNESCO Travel Club Truong Quoc Hung analyzed, if the pilot implementation of the "vaccination passport" to welcome international visitors in Phu Quoc is successful, Vietnam can expand this model to the rest of the world. many other tourist areas and attractions across the country.

Choose an appropriate, safe form

To prepare for the pilot application of the "vaccine passport" to welcome international visitors, at the end of June, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism chaired and coordinated with the People's Committee of Kien Giang province and other relevant agencies. related to the development of plans, plans and pilot procedures to welcome international tourists to Phu Quoc city, to report to the Prime Minister this July. Accordingly, Kien Giang province proposes a policy to welcome Russian tourists to Phu Quoc to resort to the pilot application of "vaccine passports" under the model of "closed tourism".

Visitors who have completed 2 vaccinations, tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 virus, can travel in Vietnam with a closed itinerary from flights, car transportation in the form of rental. full trip (charter), to rest at a specified point. Kien Giang province also proposed to give priority to Covid-19 vaccination for all people in Phu Quoc city to ensure the safety of Covid-19 epidemic prevention and control, ready to welcome international guests.

Discussing more about solutions and choosing the right form of tourism to carry out safe international arrivals, Head of the Secretariat, Vietnam Tourism Advisory Council Hoang Nhan Chinh said that pilot should be started with the following: Vietnam's long-term visitor market and safety in the prevention and control of the Covid-19 epidemic. In particular, the two sides need to have a bilateral agreement on steps to deploy and implement direct flights and package services.

With many years of experience in serving domestic and international guests, Director of VietSense Tourism Company Nguyen Van Tai suggested that a number of suitable tourism products can be piloted, such as: Golf tours in isolated tourist areas and destinations, far from residential areas. Meanwhile, Director of AZA Tourism Company Nguyen Tien Dat said that it is necessary to strengthen propaganda and promote Vietnam as a safe destination for international tourists.

Previously, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism had many working sessions with tourism units and businesses to develop recovery scenarios, including international arrivals. Deputy Director General of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu said that the General Department of Tourism has formed a technology platform, which is a vaccine number certification system ( to serve the welcome. when international tourism is reactivated.

“Opening the door to international guests is an important issue, in which the highest priority should be given to ensuring safety for epidemic prevention and control. Therefore, units need to apply digital technology in implementing epidemic prevention and control measures, such as: Medical declaration by QR code scanning, guiding tourists to use the "Vietnam Tourism" application safely. all…”, noted Mr. Ha Van Sieu.

According to Hanoimoi


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