Tourism sector seeks to welcome back international visitors

(VOVWORLD) - Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Doan Van Viet and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung on Wednesday co-chaired a virtual meeting with Vietnamese diplomatic representative agencies abroad to discuss stepping up co-operation to promote tourism in major foreign markets.
Tourism sector seeks to welcome back international visitors - ảnh 1At the conference (Photo: Minh Khanh/

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has worked alongside localities and travel operators as they strive to prepare for the reopening of domestic tourism once COVID-19 is brought under control, Deputy Minister Viet said, adding that the local tourism sector is finalizing steps to welcome back tourists to Phu Quoc.

Ambassadors and heads of Vietnamese diplomatic representative agencies in several countries, including Japan, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, the United States, the UK, Germany, Spain, Russia, China, and Malaysia, said that people are now seeking safe and friendly tourist destinations. In addition, convenient immigration and quarantine policies for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is also a main factor when travelers come to choose their holiday destination.

They therefore suggested the nation should work alongside other countries regarding a mutual recognition of vaccine certification. Indeed, the country should also issue consistent procedures to welcome foreign tourists and quickly announce them in order to ensure safety for both tourists and local residents, they emphasized.

Meanwhile, Deputy Foreign Minister Dung affirmed that the Ministry, embassies, and Vietnamese representative agencies abroad will continue to accompany and support the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in carrying out international tourism activities, with the reopening of Phu Quoc being the first step. As a result, the Ministry has proposed the reopening of domestic and international air routes to Phu Quoc.

So far, both Kien Giang and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism have successfully agreed on the time to start the pilot scheme to welcome foreign tourists back to Phu Quoc, which is in late November.
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