On March 18, the People’s Committee of Bac Lieu province coordinated with the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City and 12 remaining provinces and cities in the Mekong Delta region to organize a tourism association program and launch the reopening of this industry in the coming time. new normal.
Two days ago, many tour operators, travel agencies of Ho Chi Minh City and the western provinces and cities had a survey trip to night tourism products in Bac Lieu city to connect tourism with Ho Chi Minh City. and provinces and cities in the region.
Revenue of tourism businesses decreased by 95-100%
Over the years, tourism has basically become a spearhead industry of Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism statistics that the number of international visitors to this locality is equal to 50% of the whole country and domestic tourists also account for 1/3. Total revenue of Ho Chi Minh City’s tourism industry is equal to 25% of the whole country and the number of tourists grew by an average of 13% in the period 2013-2019.
From 2019 up to now, tourism connection programs in Ho Chi Minh City and key regions across the country have been widely and effectively deployed, creating a spillover to the community with tourism businesses. However, the Covid-19 epidemic seriously affected all aspects of economy, life and society. In particular, the tourism industry is directly affected.
Western provinces also suffered double damage from the Covid-19 epidemic and drought. The number of visitors and revenue decreased sharply, the growth of this industry in 2020 decreased deeply, significantly affecting the growth of GRDP (gross domestic product) of each province and city.
Many tour operators are also experiencing a double impact – reducing visitors and compensating some groups for the cost of canceled tours. The tourism industry has more than 98% of small and medium enterprises, so it is less able to “fight” when faced with risks. As a result, some companies saw a 95-100% decrease in visitor numbers and revenue compared to the same period last year. As a result, many businesses had to change their business model or close.
In the current opening of the tourism industry, Ho Chi Minh City and 13 provinces and cities in the Mekong Delta need to promote more strongly the two-way tourist flow. If we do the math of swapping, one third of the 10 million people in Ho Chi Minh City travel to the West and one third of the 20 million people in this region travel to Ho Chi Minh City, which will contribute to solving the immediate difficulties of the cities. enterprise. This also gradually removes people’s fear of traveling.
“Ho Chi Minh City is identified as a tourism gateway, it is necessary to have products to attract the flow of visitors from other provinces and cities to experience the associated tourism programs, from the city to the delta”, a leader of the Department of Tourism shared Ho Chi Minh City calendar.
Bac Lieu twice has a resolution on tourism
Mr. Pham Van Thieu, Chairman of Bac Lieu Provincial People’s Committee, said that over the past 2 years, Ho Chi Minh City and the western provinces have been heavily affected by the Covid-19 epidemic. In particular, the tourism sector witnessed a serious decline, there were periods when this industry was almost “frozen”.
With the gradual improvement of the tourism industry, Ho Chi Minh City and the western provinces and cities need to strengthen regional and inter-regional cooperation so that the local tourism industry can overcome difficulties together. This connection becomes even more important in the present time, when there are still hidden difficulties and challenges such as epidemics, climate change, security and political situation in the world, the region and the world. There are still many complicated developments in the area.
“We want to affirm to businesses and investors that the Mekong Delta has many favorable conditions to attract domestic and foreign tourists. This area still has a lot of room to link with Ho Chi Minh City, creating a unique tourism space, meeting many market segments, promoting the economic spillover of inter-regional tourism if there are mechanisms, appropriate policies, as well as receiving the companionship of domestic and foreign businesses and investors,” said Mr. Thieu.
According to Mr. Thieu, Bac Lieu twice issued thematic resolutions on tourism development, striving to turn tourism into an important economic sector of the province, creating a breakthrough for comprehensive development in both scope and scale. tissue and quality; ensure sustainable development.
“In the immediate future, we strive to welcome more than 7 million visitors by 2025, total revenue from tourism is about 10,000 billion VND , accounting for about 7% of the province’s total GRDP”, the leader of Bac Lieu Provincial People’s Committee emphasized.
Talking to Zing , Vice Chairman of Kien Giang Provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Luu Trung said that the locality is focusing on 6 main groups of solutions including communication, promotion; cooperation cooperation in tourism development; develop products, improve the quality of tourism services; tourism human resource training; tourism infrastructure planning and investment; strengthen the state management of tourism.
The indicators of visitors and total revenue from tourism of Kien Giang have grown again; the work of ensuring security, safety and prevention of epidemics has been carried out by agencies, units and enterprises according to the guidance of the central and local governments; strengthen application of information technology, synchronously deploy solutions to promote and promote Kien Giang tourism image, link tourism development cooperation with localities, focus on perfecting and improving the quality of tourism services. destination according to the route of opening tourism to attract tourists to return.
In the first two months of 2022, Kien Giang welcomed more than one million tourists (up 27.1% over the same period, reaching 18.8% of the year plan). In which, Phu Quoc city welcomed 740,000 visitors (up more than 30% over the same period, reaching 19.5% of the plan), international tourists were estimated to welcome 18,687 arrivals (reaching 10.4% of the year plan);
Particularly for the program to welcome international guests to Phu Quoc using vaccine passports, Phu Quoc welcomed 10 flights with 1,282 guests from Korea, Laos, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Thailand.
From 2020, Ho Chi Minh City and 13 western provinces and cities will link to create 3 tourism products along the route: Alluvial roads, connecting Ho Chi Minh City – Tien Giang – Vinh Long – Can Tho – Hau Giang – Soc Trang – Bac Lieu – Ca Mau; charming Non Nuoc route connecting Ho Chi Minh City – Tien Giang – Ben Tre – Tra Vinh; The color border line connecting Ho Chi Minh City connects Ho Chi Minh City – Tien Giang – Long An – Dong Thap – An Giang and Tien Giang.
According to the plan, from now until the end of 2022, Ho Chi Minh City and the western provinces to develop tourism products are organizing surveys, evaluations, suggestions and proposals for the development of associated tourism programs on route Alluvial roads combined with Color border line.
In addition, these provinces and cities also held seminars to evaluate, comment and propose to develop tourism programs related to the theme of Originating the Southern Flow in Long An.