First foreign tourists return to Vietnam after two years

Vietnam has welcomed hundreds of foreign tourists after two years of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Director of the Nhat Minh Tourism Company, Le Van Nghia, announced on Friday that they had just welcomed 222 South Korean tourists and 207 Japanese tourists on two charter flights from Incheon and Tokyo to Khanh Hoa Province. The tourists landed on Thursday and started their tours right after arrival.

“We are preparing to receive hundreds of foreign tourists more to Phu Quoc, Danang, and Nha Trang next week,” Nghia said. “Besides the Korean and Japanese customers, we are also targeting those from Russia who don’t have to quarantine after returning from overseas holidays. We are working with S7 Airlines to conduct four flights a week from Russia to Cam Ranh beginning from December. This is the best time of the year to welcome Russian tourists during their winter holiday.”

Vo Huy Cuong, deputy head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam shared that a Vietnam Airlines flight will transport a group of South Korean tourists to Danang Airport on November 17. Then on November 20, two flights conducted by Vietjet Air will bring 250 Japanese tourists from Tokyo to Nha Trang and over 200 South Korean tourists to Phu Quoc.

“After that, another 24 flights have been planned to transport tourists from South Korea, Japan, Taiwan to some central and southern destinations including Kien Giang, Khanh Hoa, and Danang,” he added. “This is a positive sign for the local tourism industry after a long suspension due to the pandemic.”

According to a representative of Vietnam Airlines, they have planned to operate between 15-20 charter flights from now until January 2022.

Director of Kien Giang Provincial Department of Tourism, Bui Quoc Thai, said that they are now ready to welcome the first 250 foreign visitors on November 20 after two years of closure.

“These tourists will stay at 13 local hotels and resorts and join in a package tour to nine destinations including the night street, cable car, VinWonders, Safari Phu Quoc, golf course, pear shopping centre, and May Island,” Thai said. “We are working with more firms to have more experiences for visitors soon in the coming time.”

Source: Dtinews