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Phu Quoc Island adjusts reopening date to late November

To better prepare for quality tourism services, Phu Quoc Island will push its reopening date back to late November.

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Hotels and resorts on Phu Quoc Island are prepared to welcome international visitors. Photo: VNN

Based on the vaccination situation on Phu Quoc and new epidemic developments, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said that late November or early December would be the official opening time for Phu Quoc.

Vice chairman of Kien Giang Province People’s Committee Nguyen Luu Trung affirmed that the zoning and tracing of potential cases has been carried out in a timely manner. Phu Quoc is ready to start its tourism pilot programme as previously planned.

Trung said that new cases have posed challenges to the locality and that it was crucial to make some adjustments to the current plan to ensure visitors’ safety. 

“What should be done when a European tourist is infected with COVID-19 in Vietnam? Will he or she be offered treatment according to the regulations of the Ministry of Health? And who will be responsible for the payment,” Nguyen Ngoc Toan, director of Images Travel Company, was quoted as saying by online news site vietnamnet.vn.

While Thailand has welcomed international tourists by commercial flights, Vietnam will initially use charter flights.

The director of Hanoitourist Travel Agency, Phung Quang Thang, said he was concerned whether isolation rules would be applied to selected individual, groups or the entire plane in case of infections.

A clear, detailed plan and strong coordination between authorities is important to carry out the pilot programme with safety, travel agencies said. Tourists will be hesitant to travel if there are changes in the process of using services.

Duong Mai Lan, director of Ascend Travel, said the worst possible scenarios must be taken into account to build a timely response plan for tourists. Tourists need to be informed in advance of all situations in order to avoid confusion.

Phu Quoc has been preparing to host international tourists with a detailed welcome plan, communication plan, and training plan for staff and service providers to offer the best travel experiences.

In addition to listed attractions, international tourists will be able to visit amusement parks of VinGroup, SunGroup and the southern islands of An Thoi. They will stay in separate zones with specific time slots.

Currently, 19 accommodation establishments with more than 7,800 rooms, five travel agencies and seven entertainment areas have been selected for the pilot programme. It is expected that there will be three main routes from Phu Quoc Airport to accommodation areas. 

Vaccinations

Experts stressed the importance of vaccine coverage among locals prior to the reopening of Phu Quoc. 

“The destination must be safe for tourists,” chairman of Phu Quoc City People’s Committee Huynh Quang Hung said at a conference on September 24.

He said the Ministry of Health has recently allocated 300,000 vaccine doses to Kien Giang Province, including Phu Quoc. 

Phu Quoc has about 160,000 people, 35 per cent of whom have had the first dose of vaccine and 7 per cent two doses. More than 100,000 locals aged 18 and over, including 3,500 older people with underlying conditions, still need the first dose.

In addition to vaccine coverage, it is crucial to welcome international tourists within a closed and controlled process.

The pilot programme in Phu Quoc is expected to determine the next stage of tourism recovery in Vietnam. 

Source: Vietnam News

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