Direct Flights Between Vietnam and Mongolia Aim to Develop Tourism
|The delegates conveyed their expectations and plans for development and tourism recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic at the 5th Congress, term 2021-2026|
According to the United Nations report, international tourist arrivals have decreased by 73% in 2020; in the first quarter of 2021, the decrease is already 88%. The most affected regions are Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, Oceania, North Africa and South Asia.The report of the International Labor Organization (ILO) dated November 18, 2021 said that Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Brunei and Mongolia have recorded one-third of the job losses in the tourism industry, due to the Covid-19 pandemic; Job loss in tourism-related industries in 2020 is four times higher than in other industries.
During the 5th Congress, term 2021-2026 of the Vietnam-Mongolia Friendship Association, on December 21, 2021, the delegates expressed their expectations, plans for the development and restoration of tourism after Covid-19 pandemic.
The Vietnam-Mongolia Friendship Association will strengthen coordination with ministries and branches, further promoting the role of a bridge for tourism cooperation, contributing to the construction and development of each country. That helps to promote the country, its people, culture and potential for cooperation with rich and diverse forms, attracting the participation of people, especially young people, to strengthen traditional relations between Vietnam and Mongolia.
Currently, there are no direct flights from Vietnam to Mongolia and vice versa, so tourists from the two countries need to choose transit flights in countries such as: China (Hong Kong, Beijing) or Korea (Seoul). The transit takes time, making tourists frustrated. The lack of direct flights between Vietnam and Mongolia, not only restricts tourists but also limits trade, import and export of agricultural products. Especially due to the complicated Covid-19 situation, countries can tighten transit problems due to implementing "zero covid" protocols like China.
Vietnamese Ambassador to Mongolia Doan Khanh Tam had a working session with leaders of Vietnam Airlines, Bamboo Airways and Sovico Group to call on the parties to establish a direct route between Hanoi and Ulan Bator to solve trade and tourism issues between the two countries. In previous working sessions, the embassies of the two countries agreed that in the near future, they will cut or reduce visa procedures, invitations for tourists of the two countries, towards bilateral visa exemption for ordinary passport holders.
Sonom-Ishiin Dashtsevel, president of the Mongolia-Vietnam Friendship Association, said that the association will make efforts to support initiatives to develop tourism and people-to-people relations between the two countries.
|The Mongolia-Vietnam Friendship Association affirmed its efforts to support initiatives to develop tourism and people-to-people relations of the two countries|
In the coming time, it is necessary to organize activities including promoting and introducing the country, people and landscapes of Vietnam to attract more Mongols and international friends to Vietnam.
Previously, Vietnam attended a tourism exhibition organized by the city of Ulan Bator. This activity needs to be maintained and promoted, because this is an opportunity for many Mongolian travel companies to be connected with Vietnamese travel companies.
|A booth promoting Vietnam's tourism products at the 4th tourism exhibition (2018) organized by the city of Ulan Bator|
Through pictures and documents at the booth, Mongolian friends all expressed their impressions of the famous beautiful scenes of Vietnam such as Phong Nha-Ke Bang, Ha Long Bay or the unique culture of ethnic minorities across regions. The travel companies of Mongolia have commented that Vietnam is a beautiful, peaceful country with wonderful landscapes. The Mongols who have come to Vietnam are very fond of it, especially the nation's coastal tourism.
Visitors can also learn about Vietnam's tourism products such as coffee and unique handicraft products. This stimulates the interest and desire to visit Vietnam of Mongolian tourists.
The Vietnam-Mongolia Friendship Association organizes the 5th Congress, term 2021-2026. The delegates expressed their expectations, planned development, promoted exchange and cooperation activities between the two ...
Special prize was given to a song by D. Ariunbold from Mongolia.
The Vietnamese Government has donated 50,000 USD to Mongolia to assist the country in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.