Nguyen Thi Le Thanh, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Tourism, said the tourism supply chain in Khanh Hoa has remained in operation during the second wave of COVID-19 since the province is not considered to be at high risk.

The province would focus on drawing domestic tourists back in the fourth quarter of the year and next year as the COVID-19 pandemic comes under control in Vietnam, she said.

Tourists at Nha Trang Bay in Khanh Hoa province

Expats living in Vietnam are also potential foreign tourists for the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays, she said.

The department plans to resume its domestic travel stimulus program and introduce new MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) and leisure travel packages to attract family and friend groups from Hanoi, HCM City, the Mekong Delta, and the Central Highlands.

It will collaborate with Cam Ranh International Airport Services JSC and airlines to carry out communication and marketing activities and an international travel stimulus program to prepare for international tourism next year.

It plans to organize an online market for international travel agencies and Khanh Hoa tourism services providers to hold exchanges.  

The tourism authority hopes to welcome 350,000 visitors in the fourth quarter, including 10,000 foreigners.

The province received nearly 986,000 visitors in the first eight months of the year, just a fifth of the number last year, and revenues from tourism were worth VND 6.02 trillion (USD 258.5 million), or a fourth.

Hotels reported a room occupancy rate of just 13 percent this year.

Source: VNA