Therefore, the tourism industry is looking for different ways to attract more foreigners to the country, Deputy Tourism Minister Doan Van Viet said at a government meeting on Monday.
He acknowledged that the number of foreign arrivals remained relatively low after Vietnam allowed quarantine-free travel from March 15.
In March, Vietnam welcomed 15,000 foreign tourists, 10 times more than the previous month, according to the Vietnam National Tourism Administration.
Viet said travel agencies needed more time to connect with overseas customers after the disruption in tourism business over the past two years.
“The peak travel season for international tourists will last from October to April next year as usual. We expect the number of foreign visitors to increase in the coming days,” he said. declared, quoted by the government information portal.
Attracting more foreign visitors at this time will be a difficult task as Northeast Asia accounts for 70 percent of total foreign tourist arrivals in Vietnam, he noted.
China, Vietnam’s largest tourist market with 5.8 million arrivals in 2019, is still pursuing a zero Covid policy with strict containment measures and entry restrictions; while Japan, Vietnam’s third-largest tourist market, imposes quarantine rules on visitors or those returning from overseas.
In addition, the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has directly affected some localities that have specialized in welcoming Russian tourists such as Khanh Hoa, which is home to the seaside towns and bays of Nha Trang and Cam Ranh, said Viet.
Vietnam Airlines has suspended its regular flight between Hanoi and Moscow from March 28 and some Vietnamese tour operators have temporarily suspended the transport of Russian tourists to Vietnam due to Western sanctions imposed on Russia.
Viet said the tourism industry should promote visa, medical and immigration policies and work with Vietnamese diplomatic missions abroad to make international visitors more aware of Vietnam’s tourism reopening policies.
Travel agencies should also look for opportunities to promote Vietnam in major tourist landmarks and offer promotional programs to attract visitors from those countries and territories, he said.
Vietnam has coped well with the Covid-19 pandemic, and “so we need a more open policy on medical quarantine so that foreign tourists can feel safe when they come to Vietnam,” he said. Viet.
Since March 15, Vietnam has reopened its borders to foreign tourists and resumed its pre-pandemic visa-free policy for citizens of 24 countries, including Japan, South Korea and European economies.
Foreigners entering Vietnam only need to provide a negative Covid-19 test certificate.
In 2019, before the outbreak of Covid-19, Vietnam received a record 18 million foreign tourists.
The objective this year is to welcome five to six million foreign tourists.