From January 31 to February 6, Ho Chi Minh City experienced a significant influx of visitors, contributing approximately VND300 billion ($13.2 million) to the city’s tourism revenue. During this period, about 280,000 tourists visited the city’s popular tourist sites.

Moreover, the city witnessed the operation of around 500,000 hotel rooms, resulting in an income of VND1.2 trillion ($52.8 million). Additionally, over one million visitors enjoyed food and beverage services, spending a total of VND1.6 trillion ($70.4 million).

The most sought-after activities included visiting the iconic Nguyen Hue Flower Street and the Tet flower festival at Tao Dan Park in District 1. Another popular option was riding the double-decker bus downtown.

A representative from the tourism department stated that Ho Chi Minh City is currently a green zone, which provides visitors with a sense of safety and encourages them to spend more on dining and entertainment services. Most visitors arrived in the city on the second day of the lunar new year to celebrate their Tet break.

It is worth noting that Ho Chi Minh City has recorded over 514,500 local COVID-19 cases since the fourth wave of the virus hit the country in April last year. However, thanks to the extensive vaccine coverage and natural immunity from previous infections, the city has experienced a decline in daily case numbers, with fewer than 100 cases reported in recent days.

During the Lunar New Year holiday from January 29 to February 6, Vietnam served over six million domestic travelers and nearly 500 international tourists through the ‘vaccine passport’ program. This surpasses the number of domestic travelers in December 2021, indicating a positive trend in tourism recovery.

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