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HCMC ready to welcome back int’l tourists

By Dao Loan

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HCMC – HCMC has got ready to reopen inbound travel services, an official of the city government told a seminar on December 3.

To allow international travelers to come back to the city, the municipal government has told the relevant agencies and the authorities of Thu Duc City and districts to quickly map out plans to protect the health of residents and tourists.

The districts and Thu Duc City have been urged to make sure their healthcare systems are fully prepared, said the representative.

The city will convert certain hotels into quarantine centers for people arriving in Vietnam and place those coming into close contact with Covid cases in facilities responsible for handling cases with no symptoms.

The city has also planned to ensure sufficient medical equipment and workers to enhance health care and treatment for those having Covid.

Apart from closely monitoring areas at high risk of Covid transmission and managing to control coronavirus infection clusters, the city has issued regulations to respond to the disease at production and tourism facilities.

A vast majority of adults aged 18 and older in the city have been fully vaccinated against Covid.

Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, director of the HCMC Department of Tourism, said the city was speeding up its effort to fully recover local and international tourism services.

HCMC has some 5,000 lodging facilities, 1,300 travel firms and nearly 150,000 workers active in the tourism industry at the ready. Some 83% of these workers have been fully vaccinated, she said.

Under its pilot plan to serve international travelers, HCMC will offer foreign visitors all-in tours around the city or to other tourist sites in the city’s neighboring localities.

The city will focus on seven main groups of tourism products related to culture-history, cuisine, shopping, entertainment, nighttime experience, MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) and nature-based tourism, said Hoa.

Earlier on November 17, the HCMC government asked the central Government for permission to pilot reopening its doors to international visitors with a Covid vaccine passport and no quarantine, starting from December.

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