The HCM City Department of Tourism on August 31 resumed its domestic travel stimulus program, offering a wide range of discounted tours and travel services for the National Day (September 2) holiday.
Short-distance trips and brief stays in HCM City and neighboring provinces have been discounted by 50 per cent under the stimulus program.
Luxury staycations at Vinpearl Luxury Landmark 81, Park Hyatt, The Odys Boutique, Liberty Central Saigon Centre, Rạng Đông Hotel, Lotte Sài Gòn, Renaissance Riverside Sài Gòn, and Nikko have discounts of nearly 50 per cent on room rates or food and beverage services at hotels.
The Hop On-Hop Off double-decker bus tour in HCM City is priced at VNĐ149,000 (US$6) for adult and VNĐ99,000 ($4) for children.
Entrance tickets to visit Skydeck – Bitexco are discounted by one-half to VNĐ100,000 ($4) and VNĐ65,000 ($3) for adults and children, respectively, on the holiday.
Tickets to visit Củ Chi Tunnels and the Sác mangrove forest have been discounted by 30 per cent for groups of 10.
The department said that companies have committed to apply COVID-19 preventive measures to ensure safety for their staff and guests.
Saigontourist Group, Vietravel, Fiditour, TST Tourist, Hòa Bình, and Saco have opened short-distance tours to the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta and to Phú Quốc and Côn Đảo islands as well as Nha Trang City for beach vacations, according a story, which was first posted on Vietnam News.
Vietnamese tourists pose for photographs on a boat touring Ha Long Bay, after the Vietnamese government eased the lockdown following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, on May 31, 2020 in Ha Long, Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam. In the first eight months of 2020, foreign arrivals into Vietnam reached only 3.8 million, down by 67 per cent compared to the figure of 11.3 million recorded in the same period last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic greatly impacted travel.
The number was announced by the General Statistics Office Of Vietnam (GSO).
Most of the arrivals were before March 22, the day Vietnam started closing its border to nearly all foreign arrivals in a bid to curb coronavirus spread.
The country only in recent months allows a few exceptions – foreign diplomats, investors, highly skilled workers and experts, along with some flights repatriating Vietnamese citizens. All foreign entries are quarantined for 14 days upon arrival.
In a cabinet meeting held on Friday, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked that the National Steering Committee on Covid-19 Prevention and Control and ministries discuss opening flights to epidemiologically safe countries and regions, including resuming flights to Japan conducted by Vietnamese airlines.
He also urged ministries and agencies to closely monitor and accelerate granting of visas to foreign experts and investors. Vietnam News reported.