HANOI, March 21 (Vietnam News/ANN): Covid-19 has been largely brought under control around Vietnam thanks to appropriate containment measures being adopted by the Government nationwide.
The Prime Minister has now ordered the quick implementation of a vaccination programme to halt the pandemic and create the conditions necessary for socio-economic development, especially in regard to the greatly affected tourism sector.
After undergoing a long period of closure and stagnation, however, the financial resources of tourism industry players have run low and now, more than ever, they need assistance to recover and become a spearhead economic sector once more.
Most tourism enterprises, travel agencies, and tourism service providers in Quang Nam Province agree with such sentiments.
“To improve and introduce travel products and services and stimulate tourism, we first need to focus on the domestic market, ” said the president of the Quang Nam Tourism Association, Phan Xuan Thanh.
“Quang Nam has established tourism as a spearhead economic sector, with the goal of attracting over 12 million visitors, with half coming from overseas.
"Tourism currently contributes over 5 per cent of gross regional domestic product (GRDP) and has created 30,000 jobs. By 2030, Quang Nam’s tourism sector will hopefully be the region’s spearhead economic sector, contributing 7-8 per cent to GRDP and creating over 50,000 jobs.”
The Quang Nam Department of Commerce and Tourism was established in 1997, paving the way for the tourism sector’s strong development in the province.
But it only really “boomed” after Hoi An ancient town and My Son Sanctuary were recognised as world cultural heritage sites by UNESCO in 1999.
Tourist numbers then increased dramatically, at an annual average of 20-25 per cent, and attractive tourism models associated with islands, mountainous areas, community tourism, cultural tourism, other heritages, agricultural tourism, and craft villages also began to take shape.
Events such as “Old Quarter Night”, “Streets without engine noise”, “A day as a farmer”, and “My Son by night” also contributed to building Quang Nam’s tourism brand.
Besides the ever-popular Hoi An, Quang Nam also boasts lesser-known destinations well worth a visit.
Triem Tay Village in Dien Ban Town is a popular ecotourism site with small roads shaded by green bamboo -- symbolic of the Vietnamese countryside. Visitors can admire vast rice fields and sedge fields along these roads.
The countryside with fresh air, cool breeze, and peaceful atmosphere has seen the farm-stay model grow in popularity in the local area.
Dien Ban is establishing a chain of ecotourism destinations in the Go Noi area, between Hoi An and My Son Sanctuary, called the Cam Phu community tourism village, in Dien Phong Ward.
Products such as tailor-made clothing, coracle trips, cooking classes, farming day tours, lantern making courses, bicycle tours, and buffalo tours all brought in significant revenue in the past, helping thousands of families earn sustainable incomes.”
Meanwhile, Vietnam recorded no new cases of Covid-19 infection on Sunday, leaving the total confirmed cases in the country at 2,572, according to the country's Ministry of Health.
As many as 2,198 patients have recovered, the ministry said, adding that nearly 37,600 people are being quarantined and monitored.
The latest wave of Covid-19 infections hit Vietnam on Jan. 28, with 908 community cases confirmed so far in 13 places. - Vietnam News/ANN