Quang Ninh (VNA) – Quang Ninh has issued
guidelines for safely serving international tourists as the northern coastal
province is set to welcome the first group of foreign visitors in January 2022 after months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The province is among five destinations in
Vietnam, including Phu Quoc (Kien Giang), Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa), Quang Nam and Da Nang, re-opening to
foreign tourists under a pilot scheme. It plans to give priority to promising
markets, such as China, Japan, Taiwan (China), Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia
and Indonesia.

Quang Ninh has issued a temporary set of safety standards
for tourists, providing 24 compulsory and 11 recommended criteria. Member
companies of the Quang Ninh Tourism Association have also set their own safety
guidelines which specifically require guests to be fully vaccinated against
COVID-19 with two doses and test negative with the virus.

Director of Vietfood Travel Hanoi Pham Duy Nghia said at a tourism
seminar recently held by the province that his firm plans to arrange a charter
flight to fly international tourists directly to Van Don International Airport
in Quang Ninh. From there, the tourists can embark on package tours
lasting up to seven days and six nights to Ha Long city and its iconic Ha Long
Bay, he noted.

Le Trong Thanh, Deputy General Director of Tung Lam
Development JSC – a service provider at Yen Tu Complex of Monuments and
Landscapes in Quang Ninh’s Uong Bi, said the company has been focusing on
training its staff on COVID-19 safety rules.

Tourists are no longer in favour of travelling with a large
group like before the pandemic, said Vice Chairman of the Vietnam National
Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu, so tourism authorities are promoting
small-group and family holiday tours. “Less-touch” travel with sustainable use of
natural resources is the current trends, he added./.