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International visitors fell sharply, the tourism industry heavily affected


Viet Nam continues to implement measures to prevent and control the COVID-19 epidemic, so international visitors to Viet Nam in the third quarter of 2020 were mostly international experts and technicians working for projects in Viet Nam. For the nine months of 2020, international visitors arrival to our country reached 3,788.5 thousand, down 70.6% over to  the same period last year, of which 97,3% were international visitors in the first quarter of 2020, the second quarter and third quarter only accounted for 1.5% and 1.2%.

After implementing the social gap in the first months of the year, the tourism industry has faced a second wave of Covid-19 since late July and some parts of the country have already imposed social isolation practices to prevent the spread. Not only big cities but also in many other localities, tourism activities also have difficulty by effects of the epidemic. Revenue from accommodation and catering services in 9 months were estimated at 369.3 trillion VND, decreased by 15% against that in the same period last year, of which: Khanh Hoa by 59.8%; Quang Nam by 53.8%; Ba Ria - Vung Tau by 41.3%; Ho Chi Minh city by 39.9%; Đa Nang by 35.7%; Can Tho by 24.7%; Binh Đinh by 16.3%; Thanh Hoa by 16.2%; Ha Noi by 15.7%; Tien Giang by 14.5%... Revenue from tourism and traveling services in 9 months was estimated at 14.2 trillion VND, decreased by 56.3% over that in the same period last year. Some provinces gained a  decrease as follows: Khanh Hoa by 78.7%; Ho Chi Minh city by 73.7%; Quang Nam by 70.6%; Ba Ria - Vung Tau by 68.5%; Đa Nang by 68.1%; Can Tho by 57.1%; Quang Ninh by 49.8%; Binh Đinh by 44.3%; Ha Noi by 42.6%; Thanh Hoa by 39.9%; Hai Phong by 34.9%.

Enterprises in the accommodation, catering service and tourism sector also suffered from the Covid-19 epidemic. For 9 months of 2020, number of temporarily ceased enterprises with a certain time in the sector of accommodation, catering service sector were 2,414 enterprises, increasing by 120.3% compared to the same period last year and in the sector of employment activities, tourism, renting and leasing of machinery and equipment, tools and other support service activities were 2,320 enterprises, increasing by 109.4%. There were also 650 enterprises in the accommodation and catering services and 646 enterprises in the employment services, travel, renting, leasing of machinery, equipment and other support services completed dissolution procedures in 9 months.

To overcome the difficulties and challenges in this period, tourism businesses need the support and sharing from the Government, government leaders at all levels as well as the whole community in order to recover and grow again in the last months of 2020.

- Thuy Van -

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