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 sets target of 5 million foreign arrivals
By focusing on markets such as India, the USA and the EU, Vietnam expects to welcome around 5 million foreign arrivals by the end of 2022. In July, Nguyen Trung Khanh, who is deputy head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, confirmed the industry has shown signs of marked improvement. In the first half of this year, Vietnam received 602,000 foreign tourists – 6.8 times more than the same period last year.
(source: VN Express)
Saigon tourism buzzing once more
With tourism back up and running again, Saigon is returning to its brilliant best. Since Vietnam reopened its borders on 15 March and then lifted entry requirements on 15 May, the city has been attracting foreign holidaymakers – especially from France and the USA – in ever-increasing numbers. Attractions such as Ben Thanh Market have been steadily filling back up with visitors, which is a sure sign of recovery.
Vietnam launches Malaysia promotion
On 19 July, a tourism promotion workshop was hosted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, entitled ‘Exploring Vietnam with Vietnam Airlines’. Vietnam Airlines are working together with Asia Companion Travel and Vietnam TravelMar, to promote the country worldwide and with regional neighbours. The event was timed to coincide with the reopening of flights connecting Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam to Kuala Lumpur and the upcoming Da Nang-Kuala Lumpur route.
(source: Vietnam Plus)
Laos-Vietnam culture, sports and tourism exchange
The third Vietnam-Laos border cultural, sports and tourism exchange festival will take place over three days in September 2022, located in Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien Province (Northwest Vietnam) with participations of provinces from Vietnam and Laos. There will be a total of nine provinces represented on the Vietnamese side. The event will feature a mix of cultural rituals, musical performances, sporting competition and a showcase of traditional ethnic costumes. According to the Vice Chairman of Dien Bien Provincial People’s Committee, Vu A Bang, the Festival is an opportunity for Dien Bien Province and related localities to exchange and promote the traditional identity of ethnic minorities in the region.
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. 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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