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Danang enters low travel season

By Nhan Tam

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HCMC – A series of hotels and restaurants in Danang are seeing a dramatic decrease in guests due to the resurging number of Covid cases and the end of summer.

The Danang Statistics Office said the city had been organizing activities to attract inbound and outbound travelers. In the first eight months of the year, many hotels and restaurants thrived after a long period of closure due to Covid.

During the time, the volume of passengers arriving in Danang spiked over the same period.

However, all data in August has shown signs of declining in the number of visitors. The revenue of the accommodation and catering service sector was estimated at VND2,020 billion, a drop of 3.5% against July.

Of this, the accommodation and catering services made up VND753 billion and VND1.267 billion, down 4.1% and 3% over July, respectively.

In August, accommodation facilities served 491,700 customers, down 2.4% over July, but 26.6 times higher than the same period in 2021.

Cao Van Trung Vuong, director of Kingdom Tourist, said the number of travelers had dropped by 30-50% compared to the peak period in summer.

He said September and October are usually good months for training personnel in preparation for the peak seasons.

Sharing the same opinion, many travel firms in the city said that Danang was now in the off-season and many other cities across the country were facing the same fate.

Moreover, the number of international passengers traveling to Danang has dropped sharply as the number of Covid cases has risen again and preventative measures against the virus have been tightened in the key source markets of Danang, such as Korea, China, Taiwan and Japan.

Given the challenge, domestic businesses are focusing on travelers from neighboring countries such as India, Thailand and Malaysia.

Another challenge luxury hotels are facing is the shortage of professional personnel fluent in a foreign language as they have sought other stable jobs after the pandemic.

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