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Many foreign customers cancel tours to Vietnam set for Q1 next year
Saturday,  10/24/2020, 14:35 

Many foreign customers cancel tours to Vietnam set for Q1 next year

By Dao Loan

Foreign tourists visit HCMC before the coronavirus outbreak. Many foreign partners of local tour operators have continued to cancel tours to Vietnam scheduled for the first quarter of 2021 - PHOTO: DAO LOAN

HCMC - Due to the complicated developments of the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, foreign partners of local tour operators have continued to cancel tours to Vietnam scheduled for the first quarter of 2021, with some even cancelling tours booked for October 2021, leaving travel operators to conclude that it would be hard to recover part of international tourism by mid-2021.

“Many tours have been canceled. French partners have cancelled tours set from now until March 15 next year,” Thierry Berger, general director of TransTravel Company, told The Saigon Times Online.

When the pandemic just broke out, Berger expected international tourists to visit Vietnam at the end of the year, but given the complicated situation of the health crisis, it had to be postponed to the end of 2021.

Tourism, mainly the international tourism segment, will recover strongly when Covid-19 vaccines are produced and used widely, he said, adding that it is expected to take time to successfully turn out a Covid-19 vaccine.

Nguyen Ngoc Toan, director of Images Travel, said the firm’s partners have canceled tours set until February 2021.

“We don't have many expectations that tourism will recover next year,” he said.

Facing the same fate, Footsteps Indochina Travel Company has seen its partners cancel tours scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2021.

Tran Hoang Anh, CEO of the company, said that due to difficulties in the international tourism segment, the firm is striving to shift to the domestic tourism segment to maintain its operations.

Many travel firms expected Vietnam to open its doors to international tourists in the coming period after the “Why not Vietnam” video, which introduces the country’s must-visit tourist destinations, with a message, “When you are ready to travel again, why not Vietnam?” was released on CNN Asia on October 15 as a way to promote the country.

However, in an announcement released by the Government Office on October 21 on the conclusions of the prime minister on Covid-19 infection and control at a regular meeting on October 19, the prime minister said Vietnam had not yet decided when to open its doors to international tourists.

“It is too early to discuss the reopening of international tourism,” Nguyen Trung Khanh, head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, told The Saigon Times Online on October 23.

“We will propose reopening our doors to foreign tourists when the situation improves,” he added.

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