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:
India-Vietnam flights resume on 29 April
Vietjet has announced they will resume six flight operations between India and Vietnam, starting from 29 April. Services on the Delhi-Hanoi route and Delhi-Ho Chi Minh City route will be back up and running again on 29 April and 30 April, respectively. The airline also confirmed that flights between Mumbai and New Delhi to Phu Quoc will take off from 9 September this year. Vietjet’s Managing Director, Dinh Viet Phuong, has noted that renewed and increased connectivity between Vietnam and India will create significantly more opportunities for trade and tourism between the two countries in the months ahead.
(source: Times of India)
Vietnam International Travel Mart returns in April
After a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19, the Vietnam International Travel Mart took place from 31 March to 3 April 2022. The return of Vietnam’s largest annual tourism trade fair is an indication that things in the sector are finally getting back to normal. The country has welcomed approximately 91,000 international arrivals in the first quarter of 2022, representing a massive 89.1% increase compared to the same period last year.
(source: The Star)
Golf tourism getting back into the swing of things in Vietnam
The golf sector’s recovery following Covid-19 closures and restrictions has outstripped even the most optimistic of expectations, with some experts suggesting golf tourism is on course to be better than ever before. “Demand is surging here once again,” says Adam Calver, director of golf at Laguna Golf Lang Co and an expert on the country’s best golf courses. “Asia’s top golf destination is not just recovering following the pandemic; it’s getting even better,” he added.
One million UK arrivals expected
The Vietnam Tourism Advisory Board has set its sights on one million visitors from the UK in the next five years – further evidence of Vietnam’s amazing recovery. Chairman and chief executive of the tourist board and the Thien Minh Group (TMG), Trần Trọng Kiên, was speaking at a tourism event held in London on 7 April to mark the reopening of Vietnam’s borders, attended by UK trade representatives and executives from Vietnam Airlines, TMG Hospitality, SLC Representation and destination management company Vivu Journeys.
(source: Travel Weekly)
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 assesses 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. In response to the last outbreak, the government issued strict stay-at-home orders in major cities like Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. The situation since 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. The latest round of relaxations in travel restrictions follows an encouraging trend, as travel to Vietnam returns to normal. Foreign visitors to Vietnam now are only required to test negative for Covid before departure, either via PCR or rapid testing method.
The Panorama Destination Vietnam office has been put into ‘hibernation’ until further notice, but is expected to resume operations shortly after the borders reopen. 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.