Vietnam welcomes 38 percent less foreigners in four months

Vietnam welcomes 38 percent less foreigners in four months

Vietnam received 3.7 million foreign visitors in Jan-April, a 38 percent drop year-on-year, as a direct impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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In its own fight against the pandemic, Vietnam had closed borders and suspended international flights. With many countries adopting similar measures, the aviation and tourism industries have been particularly hard hit.
Asians accounted for 72.7 percent of the country's four-month foreign arrivals, according to the General Statistics Office. The tourism industry earned revenues of VND7.9 trillion ($337 million), down 45 percent year-on-year.
Vietnam has banned entry for foreign nationals since March 22, except for special cases. Since March 25, international flights have been suspended to prevent the spread of the virus.
With the tight restrictions remaining on international travel, the industry is now focused on boosting domestic tourism following the easing of social distancing norms from April 23.
Dang Manh Phuoc, CEO of travel solutions firm Outbox Consulting, said domestic tourism would recover first and tourism companies should target it. "Due to Covid-19 infection fears, locals currently have no plans yet to travel far and instead prefer nearby and safe destinations," he said.
 
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