Barriers should be removed to facilitate welcoming int’l visitors to HCMC

The HCMC Department of Tourism received many opinions from experts and travel agencies at a seminar on collecting measures attracting international visitors to HCMC in 2022 that was held on March 3.
Barriers should be removed to facilitate welcoming int’l visitors to HCMC ảnh 1  Foreign visitors take hop-on hop-off bus tour in HCMC.
According to Deputy General Director of Vietravel Company Huynh Phan Phuong Hoang, the city is facing lack of night time activities and entertainment services to attract visitors. In addition, the functional departments should support hotels to offer Covid-19 antigen rapid tests at accommodation facilities to reduce inconvenience for tourists.
Mr. Luong Hoai Nam, a member of the Tourism Advisory Board (TAB) said that the Health Ministry's suggestion on tightening regulations of receiving foreign visitors after resuming tourism activities in the context of safe, flexible adaptation to and effective control of the Covid-19 pandemic from March 15 could not be implemented. If travelers meet immigration requirements, Vietnam should offer them treatment and policies that have been applied for domestic visitors.
Guidance for receiving foreign tourists and special mechanism for inbound and outbound tourists must be issued as soon as possible to help travel companies offer their products and have enough time for preparation as well as applying in provinces and cities to avoid types of barriers at localities affected trans-province tourism, added Deputy General Director of Saigontourist Group, Vo Anh Tai.
Barriers should be removed to facilitate welcoming int’l visitors to HCMC ảnh 2 International visitors take part in sightseeing bus tour in HCMC.
HCMC needs to exploit its special positions to strengthen competitiveness and make differences after the reopening of international tourism and focus on MICE (Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) tourism, he noted.
Many businesses suggested Vietnam recover visa exemptions to travellers from 22 countries that were carried out before the Covid-19 outbreak.
HCMC plans to organize a series of activities welcoming back international visitors, including Ao Dai Festival, "HCMC welcoming visitors back” program, Tourism Day in April, Food Festival in June, International Travel Expo in September, said Director of the Department of Tourism of HCMC.

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