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Vietnamese tourism enterprises incur double losses due to COVID-19 and floods

November 04, 2020 | 13:03

The COVID-19 pandemic along with successive floods and storms in central Vietnam recently exert impacts on a series of tourism enterprises in Vietnam.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has adverse effects on many tourism businesses causing reduce in revenue or even loss, Thanh Nien Newspaper reported.

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The Imperial City of Hue, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is submerged by floodwaters in Mid-October Photo: VNExpress

Currently, Vietnam has brought the COVID-19 epidemic under control as the country has gone through two months without detecting any infectious cases in the community. Many tourism businesses hope to recover their operation through domestic tourism promotion programs; nevertheless, the continual floods and storms in the central region over the past one month again impact the tourism activities.

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Possessing a series of beautiful beaches, the central region attracts an influx of visitors annually; however, historic flooding recently strikes the local tourism industry Photo: Thanh Nien

“Possessing a series of beautiful beaches, the central region attracts an influx of visitors annually; however, historic flooding recently strikes the local tourism industry”, said Mr. Tu Quy Thanh, CEO of Ho Chi Minh-based Travelink, adding that northern coastal areas such as Quang Ninh with world-famous Ha Long Bay are about to enter winter which is not appropriate for travel. In general, the tourism sector this year may have no chance of resilience.

Dr. Tran Du Lich, a member of the Government's Economic Advisory Group said that it is necessary to provide more aid packages for tourism enterprises nationwide in general and ones in the central region in particular.

Among Vietnam’s current Covid-19 tally of 1,203, 1,069 have recovered and 35 have died. Of the infections, 691 are cases caused by local transmission and the rest are all citizens returning from abroad and foreigners coming to the country.

The nation has entered day 63 free of community transmission.

More than 15,000 are currently in quarantine in Vietnam, including 200 at hospitals, more than 13,000 at centralized camps and the rest at home or accommodation facilities.

In just a month, central Vietnam got struck by three floods, four storms and a series of landslides that claimed 159 lives and left 71 missing.

Storm Molave made landfall over central Quang Nam and Quang Ngai Provinces on October 28, causing 44 houses in the poverty-stricken district to be swept away while burying 42 others.

The storm inflicted economic damage worth around VND10 trillion ($430.16 million), according to statistics from affected provinces, including Quang Nam.

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