HCMC – The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has mapped out a recovery plan for the tourism sector for the rest of the year, proposing numerous support policies to help tourism companies recover.
The ministry proposed deploying a preferential credit program for companies in the tourism sector so that they can pay the salaries of employees, conduct market research and develop new tourism products and services.
Apart from speeding up the Government’s support programs for firms affected by Covid-19, the ministry also proposed reducing or exempting taxes and fees to help tourism companies boost tourism demand, develop new products and train human resources.
To develop human resources for tourism, the ministry will launch a number of training programs on professional skills to exploit the market, develop products and introduce digital transformation to meet further requirements in the new stage.
Local tourism management agencies were told to advise the provincial governments over adopting solutions to boost tourism demand and help the tourism sector recover, according to the ministry’s recovery plan.
To prepare for the opening of tourist sites, the safety of tourists must be taken into account. Besides, it is necessary to work out policies to waive or reduce entrance fees at tourist destinations.
Under the recovery plan, the ministry will continue launching some programs to stimulate domestic tourism, including “Vietnamese people travel Vietnam” and “Safe and attractive Vietnam tourism.”
As such, domestic tourists and international visitors who have a Covid-19 vaccination certificate will be able to take tours.
The tourism sector will pilot a plan to allow Phu Quoc Island off Kien Giang Province to receive international tourists who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and then expand the pilot to other localities such as Halong City in Quang Ninh, Hoi An in Quang Nam, Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa and Dalat in Lam Dong.
Various tourism products, including nighttime tourism services, cuisine, agricultural tourism, ecotourism, golf and healthcare, will be attached to tours to attract visitors.
In addition, the ministry will boost digitalization to popularize tourist areas, tourist sites, lodging facilities and tourism products among travelers.
By Minh Duy