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HCMC to connect tourism with south-central Vietnam

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Tourists in HCMC can travel to three provinces in the south-central region in early November as the city has worked with three provinces there to promote tour programs.

At conferences on tourism promotion jointly organized by HCMC and the south-central provinces of Khanh Hoa, Phu Yen and Binh Dinh on October 21 and 22, the parties reached a consensus to organize tour programs in a safe and convenient manner.

At a conference aimed at promoting tourism between HCMC and Binh Dinh on October 22, travel firms in HCMC showed interest in operating tours to multiple tourist sites in the south-central province.

An HCMC-based firm proposed Binh Dinh issue guidelines on tourism safety and provide a list of Covid-safe hotels.

HCMC Vice Chairwoman Phan Thi Thang proposed Binh Dinh Province allow welcoming tourists to areas safe from Covid-19 from November 1.

Nguyen Tuan Thanh, vice chairman of Binh Dinh, highly valued the efforts of the tourism departments of Binh Dinh and HCMC to promote tourism, saying that the province identifies tourism as an economic growth driver and is planning to develop Quy Nhon City into one of the country’s tourism centers.

The province is stepping up to raise the Covid vaccination rate to welcome local and international visitors.

From November 1, the province will reopen Phuong Mai Peninsula as residents there have received at least one shot of the Covid-19 vaccine, Thanh said, adding that Quy Nhon City will reopen its doors to tourists in late November.

Travelers 18 and older must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and show proof of a negative Covid test result, while visitors aged below 18 are required to show a valid negative test certificate, according to the representative of Binh Dinh.

On the same day, a conference connecting tourism between HCMC and Phu Yen was also held. At the event, the two localities agreed to implement domestic tourism programs.

Speaking at the event, Vo Anh Tai, deputy director of Saigontourist Group, proposed Phu Yen update Covid safety regulations in detail so that tour operators could launch tours and ensure the safety of tourists during the new normal.

The two localities should closely cooperate to offer attractive tourism packages for customers, Tai said.

HCMC Vice Chairwoman Thang also proposed the province welcome back tourists from HCMC from November 1, adding that the city will focus on road tours in the initial stage, Phap Luat Online reported.

Phu Yen Chairman Tran Huu The said that several tourist sites in the province remain unknown, thereby needing travel firms in HCMC to organize new tourism programs for these places.

Visitors from HCMC to Phu Yen Province must be fully vaccinated and test negative for Covid, The said, adding that the province will support Covid testing for those who have yet to undergo a Covid test.

Earlier on October 21, HCMC and Khanh Hoa Province held a tourism conference. The two localities planned to transport tourists from HCMC to Khanh Hoa by rail and air.

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