Hai Phong gears up to restore tourism after COVID-19 epidemic
Update: Mar 03, 2020
The imminent loss of tourism revenue due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic has prompted the tourism sector in the northern port city of Hai Phong to outline plans to recover local tourism after the epidemic ends.  

A corner of Cat Ba island in Hai Phong province (Photo: VNA)

The tourism sector will continue with tourism promotional activities, including participating in a travel fair in Thai Binh province and the Vietnam International Travel Mart Hanoi 2020, as well as signing a tourism cooperation deal with the capital city.

Besides, it will complete a project to develop and manage Hai Phong tourism brand by 2025 with vision until 2030, while outlining a scheme on tourism development in tandem with agriculture and new-style rural area building.

A travel guide book for Hai Phong and publications to popularise local tourism will be also published soon.

The city currently has 502 lodging facilities with 11,806 rooms. Particularly, a five-star hotel together with luxury cruise service provided by Vingroup have cast a new look for the local tourism infrastructure.

In the first two months of the year, the city served over one million tourists, including more than 121,200 foreigners, a year-on-year decrease of 0.2 percent and 9.8 percent, respectively, under the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic.

According to head of Cat Hai district’s culture, sports and tourism bureau Vu Tien Lap, the number of arrivals to Cat Ba district fell significantly, particularly those from Asian nations.

During January-February, 172,500 travellers spent their holidays on Cat Ba island, equivalent to only 78.4 percent of the number recorded in the same time last year, he said.

With a wide range of new tourism products, including the high-end Flamingo Cat Ba resort complex, slated to be launched soon, Cat Ba island expects to welcome more tourists during the Reunification Day (April 30) and May Day (May 1) holidays./.