Vietnamese tourists are interested in added benefits and flexible booking policies for their trips after the social distancing period, according to a recent survey released by Agoda, the world's leading online accommodation reservations provider.
Tourists taking pictures at teh top of Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh province (Photo: baotintuc.vn)
The survey showed that 37% of respondents said they are interested in promotions on food and beverages, spa packages or free short tours at their destinations.
Many travelers also expect more flexible booking policies, as their plans set out in the past year have been postponed for many reasons.
Nearly one third of respondents said that after more than three months under home quarantine, they look forward to spending time by the beach or exploring nature on their first trip after the pandemic. Others would love to spend more time with their loved ones since social distancing has led to temporary separation among many families.
On average, 4 out of 10 Vietnamese people in the survey are ready to travel within 4 months after social distancing while another 14% said they are ready for their trip within the first month after social distancing is lifted.
About 16% said they will only make travel plans once the country’s COVID-19 vaccination rate reaches 80% or Vietnam has achieved herd immunity.
* The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has just issued a plan to implement policies and measures to stimulate tourism demand and resume tourism activities in late 2021 and early 2022.
Phu Quoc Island in Kien Giang province expects to welcome international visitors with vaccine passports. (Photo: Vietnam Pictorial)
Accordingly, the Ministry will create favorable conditions for domestic and international tourists with recognised vaccination certificates.
The tourism industry has plans to open Phu Quoc Island in Kien Giang province to international visitors with vaccine passports. The list of destinations will then expand to Ha Long city (Quang Ninh province), Hoi An city (Quang Nam province), Nha Trang city (Khanh Hoa province), and Da Lat city (Lam Dong province).
Under the plan, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism is tasked with developing a national database system on tourism; digital information systems about tourist sites, tourist attractions and tourist facility while upgrading the mobile app “Du lich Viet Nam an toan” ( Vietnam Safe Travel).