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Hundreds of fully-vaxxed Uzbek, Russian tourists visit Khanh Hoa, Phu Quoc

By Dao Loan

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HCMC – Khanh Hoa Province and Phu Quoc Island off the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang last weekend welcomed around 500 international tourists from Russia and Uzbekistan under a Covid-19 vaccine passport program.

Yesterday, December 26, some 300 Russian tourists arrived in Khanh Hoa via an Azur Air flight departing from Moscow. They were the first Russian tourists to return to this south-central province nearly two years after the local tourism industry suspended the international segment due to the Covid pandemic.

The Russian visitors will stay for several days at local resorts and hotels, and will visit many tourist attractions that are allowed to serve international tourists, including the VinWonders Nha Trang Amusement Park and the Ana Marina Nha Trang.

Nguyen Thi Le Thanh, director of the provincial Tourism Department, said Russian carrier Azur Air and Anex Vietnam Trading and Tourism Company planned to operate 26 flights carrying Russian visitors from Moscow to Nha Trang City in Khanh Hoa from now until March 23, 2022. Each flight will carry 320-340 passengers.

Over one month after Khanh Hoa implemented a pilot plan to receive international tourists holding vaccine passports, the province had welcomed 13 flights carrying nearly 3,000 visitors from South Korea, Japan and Malaysia, Thanh added.

As for Phu Quoc, the island city on December 25 welcomed over 200 Uzbek tourists who came to the island on a nine-day-eight-night tour via a charter flight. The Uzbek visitors will stay at five-star lodging facilities and visit attractions operated by local major conglomerate Vingroup such as the Phu Quoc United Center, Vinpearl Golf and the VinWondes theme park.

Further, the Phu Quoc United Center is expected to welcome eight groups of around 2,000 Uzbek tourists from now until the end of February next year, according to Vinpearl, the hospitality and entertainment arm of Vingroup.

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