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06 November 2022 | Written by Chris Alexander

Destination digest: Vietnam news in brief 

There’s plenty of good news coming out of Vietnam at the moment. Here are a few stories making the headlines: 

Vietnam unveils new tourism campaign

A new tourism campaign, titled ‘Live Fully in Viet Nam’, will kick off for 2022-2023, with a focus on casting the country in a “safe, friendly and hospitable” light. On 5 October, deputy minister of culture, sports and tourism, Doan Van Viet said the marketing plan would centre on “smart and sustainable tourism development followed by green and responsible travel”.

(source: TTG Asia)

1 million South Korean tourists targeted in 2022

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung has said Vietnam hopes to receive one million Korean tourists this year. After Vietnam reopened its borders and gradually lifted Covid restrictions, South Korean tourists have accounted for a fifth of its international visitors, he told his South Korean counterpart, Park Bo Gyun, at a meeting in Seoul recently.

(source: VnExpress)

Tourism raises US$16 billion in just nine months

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism said the country welcomed over 1.8 million foreign tourists in a nine-month period, of which 1.2 million were recorded in the third quarter of this year – 2.5 times the figure in the previous quarter. The Republic of Korea, the US and Asian countries like Cambodia, Japan, Singapore and Thailand are the biggest sources of tourists for Vietnam.

(source: Vietnam Plus)

Vietnam strengthens tourism ties with Cambodia

Cambodia hopes to attract some 700,000 Vietnamese tourists next year and raise it to one million tourists by 2024, as both countries agree to further strengthen and expand tourism cooperation. Cambodia has already seen more than 230,000 Vietnamese tourists visiting the country so far this year.

(source: NST)

Panorama Destination Vietnam: our journey to the New Normal

For most of 2020 and early 2021, Vietnam remained virtually free of Covid-19. This was because the country was quick to impose border restrictions and quarantines, deploying intensive contact tracing teams where needed and imposing localised lockdowns to keep the virus at bay.

With consistently low cases and a speedy response to new infections, the country was ranked in the top three out of almost 100 countries graded by the official Lowy Institute Covid Performance Index, which assessed the overall success and efficiency of each nation’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. In 2020, Vietnam was one of only a handful of countries worldwide to register economic growth (2.9%).

However, the emergence of the Delta virus in May 2021 pushed the country’s capabilities to their limit. The government issued strict stay-at-home orders in major cities like Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. The situation then improved, and the country fully reopened its tourism infrastructure from 15 March 2022.

On 27 April 2022 Vietnam scrapped the need for medical declarations from foreign entrants. Then, on 15 May, Vietnam officially ended the requirement for PCR tests prior to departure, meaning travellers could finally enter Vietnam without testing.

The Panorama Destination Vietnam office has been put into ‘hibernation’ until further notice, but is expected to resume operations in the near future. We are working closely with local officials and international governing bodies to ensure the safety of Panorama Destination clients returning to Vietnam in the months ahead.

We have already introduced a set of health and safety protocols based on a dedicated Covid-19 policy and continue to work alongside other DMCs in Southeast Asia, to ensure safe and standardised services for all returning visitors.

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