The HCM City tourism sector will run a stimulus programme from April to July to revive the tourism industry which has been hit quite badly by the new coronavirus outbreak.
HCM City seeks to revive tourism after coronavirus blow
Travel firms, hotels, restaurants, airlines, transport firms and other tourism-related service providers would be involved in the programme, which would offer attractive discounts and promotions, Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, deputy director of the city Department of Tourism, said.
This year the sector will focus on markets such as Australia and India and begin new air services to the countries.
It plans to continue its marketing and promotion activities in markets with high growth rates such as South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia.
The new coronavirus outbreak has significantly affected visitor arrivals, especially from China, which accounted for 30 per cent of Vietnam’s international visitors last year.
The number of bookings at three- to five-star hotels in HCM City has fallen by 50 per cent after Tet (Lunar New Year) in late January, according to its Department of Tourism.
Hotels serving Chinese-speaking tourists saw a drop of 70 per cent, it said.
Some four- and five-star hotels in fact plan to lay off workers as a result of the slump in business.
City travel firms said the number of tour bookings has also fallen by 50 per cent.
Huynh Phan Phuong Hoang, deputy general director of Vietravel, said there is almost no new booking for the next two or three months.
“Stimulus packages with discounts of 30 per cent and above can help boost the tourism industry.”
Travel- and tourism-related firms want the Government to offer incentives like tax breaks to mitigate the impact of the epidemic. — VNS
Tourists presenting symptoms of coronavirus are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine, but local authorities in Hanoi wanted to know which agency would cover the additional hotel fees when their stays exceed their initial bookings.
The coronavirus outbreak has dealt a strong blow on the tourism industry. Thousands of tour guides in HCM City are sitting idle as domestic and international travelers have canceled tours.