Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam has rebuked the Quang Ninh government for turning away an Italian cruise ship carrying more than 1,000 tourists because of fears of the coronavirus and told the local authorities to draw lessons from the experience.
The Aida Vita cruise ship at sea. The Quang Ninh government has been rebuked for rejecting the cruise ship - PHOTO: COURTESY OF AIDA VITA CRUISE SHIP
On February 13, the provincial government prevented Italy’s Aida Vita cruise ship from docking at a port in Halong City, keeping more than 1,000 tourists from visiting tourist sites in the province.
The cruise ship later had to cancel its entire journey to Vietnam, including plans to dock in Danang on February 15, Nha Trang on February 17 and HCMC on February 19.
All passengers on the Aida Vita cruise ship were from Europe. The cruise ship departed from Bali in Indonesia on January 17, visiting nine ports, excluding those in mainland China and Hong Kong.
Deputy PM Dam has also asked other localities not to repeat this issue, while closely controlling the entry of foreign tourists.
Localities’ plans to prevent and control the spread of Covid-19 should be executed effectively but must not affect tourism activities, Dam added. SGT
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Authorities of the northern province of Quang Ninh have refused to welcome an Italian cruise ship with more than 1,000 tourists on board for fears of coronavirus infection.