To assess the Vietnam tourism situation and find solutions to recover and unify actions of all levels and sectors to develop tourism in line with the evolution of the Covid-19 epidemic striving to fulfill the development goals set out in the Politburo's Resolution 08 on developing tourism to become a key economic sector and the Vietnam Tourism Development Strategy to 2030, approved by the Government. Approved, in the morning of November 28, 2020, in Quang Nam, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in coordination with the People's Committee of Quang Nam Province held a National Conference on Tourism 2020 with the theme “Linking, acting and developing development ”.
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam spoke and directed at the conference

The conference was attended by Mr. Vu Duc Dam - Member of the Party Central Committee, Deputy Prime Minister; Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Thien - Member of the Party Central Committee, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Mr. Nguyen Van Hung - Member of the Party Central Committee, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Mr. Phan Viet Cuong - Member of the Party Central Committee, Secretary of Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of People's Council of Quang Nam province; Mr. Le Tri Thanh - Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of Quang Nam Provincial People's Committee, with the participation of over 400 delegates who are leaders of the Government, ministries, departments, branches, and large enterprises in the resort sector, aviation, tourism, travel, hotel ...

Speaking at the opening of the conference, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien said: In recent years, Vietnam Tourism has made great progress, increasingly showing its role. role of the spearhead economy. The period 2015 - 2019 is a period of strong development of the Vietnam tourism industry: international visitors to Vietnam in 2019 will reach about 18 million, up 2.3 times compared to 2015; Domestic tourists in 2019 reached 85 million, an increase of 1.5 times compared to 2015; contribution to GDP increased from 6.5% in 2015 to 9.2% in 2019; The competitiveness of Vietnam Tourism increased 12 places, from 75/141 in 2015 to 63/140 in the economy in 2019. Tourism growth has spillover effects on many sectors and fields of society, contribute to improving understanding, friendship, cultural preservation, environmental protection, economic restructuring.

The Covid-19 pandemic occurring from the beginning of 2020 had a direct impact on the Vietnamese economy, of which tourism was the industry that suffered the most damage, leading to the decline of related industries and affecting Social life. In 2020, it is forecast that international tourists to Vietnam will decrease by 80% compared to 2019, domestic tourists will decrease by 45%, tourism economic loss is about 23 billion USD. Thereby, the more clearly the role and the spread of the tourism industry is closely linked with the relevant service industries.

“Under the direction of the Prime Minister, the tourism industry is determined to realize the dual goal of both preventing epidemics safely, developing effective and sustainable tourism, leading to the completion of tourism development goals. become a key economic sector ”- Minister Nguyen Ngoc Thien added.Speaking to welcome the conference, Mr. Phan Viet Cuong - Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee of Quang Nam province shared the potentials and advantages of the province. Being a province in the central key economic region with convenient and diversified transportation from waterways, railways, roads to airways, Quang Nam converges many cultural values, natural landscapes, is a condition. convenient to develop tourism with two World Cultural Heritages, Hoi An ancient town and My Son holy land, with more than 400 historical and cultural sites, landscapes, and many islands, beaches ...

Implementing Resolution 08 of the Politburo on developing tourism to become a key economic sector, Quang Nam has concretized the program, focused on planning, building mechanisms and policies to bring into full play its potential and advantages. tourism development of the province. Thereby, in 2019, Quang Nam welcomed over 7.7 million tourists, of which international tourists accounted for more than 50%, with the growth rate of tourism accounting for more than 50%. In addition, Quang Nam also has many tourist sites, accommodation and resort establishments voted by prestigious organizations in the world to be among the top quality awards.

In order to promote and restore tourism in line with the post-Covid-19 situation, Quang Nam province proposes a digital transformation in tourism demand stimulation, committing to the Government and the Central Ministries, agencies to promote tourism. Sustainable Development.Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Zurab Pololikashvili highly appreciated the vision of the Government of Vietnam when establishing the National Steering Committee for Disease Control Covid-19; At the same time, he said that the National Conference on Tourism 2020 was held at a very important time for the Vietnam tourism industry, requiring the right solutions and decisions at the right time before the pandemic situation. Covid-19 has been controlled in Vietnam but is still complicated in the world.

On this occasion, UNWTO Secretary General believes that Vietnam will continue to be a typical example of the sense of responsibility in leadership. The UNWTO will strengthen support for Viet Nam in the process of adapting to the status quo. Accordingly, the UNWTO's Global Tourism Restartment Guide is an appropriate roadmap, emphasizing the importance of public-private partnership and public health priorities.Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung said that, with the spirit of proactive and anti-epidemic such as fighting against the enemy, Vietnam soon developed and implemented a Covid-19 anti-epidemic strategy and plan. comprehensively under the prepared response scenarios, becoming a bright spot for epidemic safety in the world. However, the Vietnam tourism industry still cannot avoid heavy losses, causing comprehensive impacts, requiring the whole industry to have timely response measures, and at the same time building a plan for tourism recovery and development. next time. Accordingly, the tourism industry has performed dual tasks to ensure safety of lives and health of the people while maintaining production and business and ensuring social security, actively adjusting plans, diverting focus. to develop domestic tourism in the context of stopping international visitors.

In the current context, the problem posed to the Vietnam Tourism industry is to quickly recover and develop tourism in a safe, sustainable manner, adapting to the new context and trends. Therefore, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism proposes to the Government a number of issues: (1) Continuing to have a policy to support the tourism industry and tourism businesses to overcome difficulties in the context of Covid- 19; best prepare conditions for restoring international tourists when conditions permit. (2) Increase public investment in tourism development, especially investments in tourism infrastructure, major cultural facilities, eco-parks, tourism promotion, promotion, and increase access to tourist destinations. (3) The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism was assigned to assume the prime responsibility for,coordinating with the Ministry of Information and Communications to develop a master project on digital transformation in the tourism industry up to 2030 for tourism development.

At the same time, Deputy Minister Nguyen Van Hung also suggested related ministries and branches to actively participate in the work of ensuring safety against the Covid-19 epidemic; actively participate in building a supply chain for tourism development, product diversification, human resource training, media integration, tourism promotion in Vietnam ... Local authorities are interested in directing recover and develop post-pandemic tourism in the area, strengthen links, support tourism businesses to overcome difficulties and mobilize resources to attract investment. In addition, technology innovation for a new stage of growth, assisting employees easily access supportive policies and participate in vocational training, ensuring security and safety at tourist destinations. ..

Sharing strategic solutions to enhance competitiveness for the tourism industry during and after the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr. TranTrong Kien - Member of the Private Economic Development Research Board, Chairman of the Tourism Advisory Council , CEO Thien Minh Group proposes 3 solutions: (1) Developing the domestic tourism market to become an important source market, contributing 55 - 75% of the total revenue of the tourism industry in the next 2-3 years. (2) Increase competitiveness of the entire Vietnam tourism industry, synchronize with safe opening options while waiting for Covid-19 vaccine. (3) There are solutions for effective public - private dialogue in the tourism sector.

“To develop the tourism market, it is necessary to support businesses to have cash flow and stimulate demand to create markets. In addition, it is necessary to restructure and prepare to revive international tourism with solutions to enhance competitiveness and open up safe tourism before the Covid-19 vaccine is available. At the same time, it is necessary to have a regular dialogue mechanism between the Government and businesses to timely grasp the situation and have solutions to respond "- Mr. Kien proposed more.

According to Deputy General Director of Saigon Tourism Corporation Vo Anh Tai, both prevention and control of epidemics and public health are a prerequisite for agencies, departments, and sectors in the current context. It is necessary to ensure safety for both visitors, businesses and relevant state management agencies. Therefore, it is necessary to have a scenario mechanism for inter-regional, inter-sector or regional economic coordination; and it is necessary to have a scenario of timely response and immediate activation to ensure community health safety, combat spread, and facilitate tourism recovery and development.

Mr. Vo Anh Tai also proposed to have a mechanism to turn on and off in time in all situations, can not wait until the new vaccine to travel. Vietnam Tourism industry needs to flexibly deal with any problems that may arise.In order to renew tourism products to increase efficiency to stimulate tourism demand, Mr. Duong Phu Nam, General Director of Sun Group, proposed a number of solutions to stimulate domestic tourism demand in the current challenging context: ( 1) Create and develop new tourism products to meet new trends, especially health care, beauty tourism, meditation tourism ... (2) Increase experience, increase retention stay and spend with the "night economy" model, in the immediate future should be implemented in some key areas such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Phu Quoc, establishing centralized shopping areas. , ensuring quality, increasing entertainment services, art shows, various types of night food ... (3) Promoting the spirit of "Great Solidarity" to create business - local - government alliances to promote collective strength, forming big waves in market recovery.(4) Continue to restore the domestic market more effectively with the spirit of "Vietnamese traveling to Vietnam". (5) The government supports airlines to "open up the domestic sky" to help exploit domestic tourists who often travel.

Reshaping support policies and restructuring Vietnam's tourism industry after the Covid-19 epidemic, Chairman of the Board of Vietnam Transportation Marketing and Tourism Joint Stock Company (Vietravel) Nguyen Quoc Ky launched 2 proposals to revive the tourism industry: (1) Policies to support tourism businesses after Covid-19, in which to deploy groups of tax, finance and banking policies; group of fees and charges; group of policies to stimulate domestic market ... (2) Restructuring Vietnam's tourism industry after Covid-19 through renewing awareness and thinking about the orientation of tourism development; to restructure the tourism industry to ensure development in accordance with the direction of the general economic sector, including the group of sub-sectors such as transportation, accommodation, services and travel; completing institutions and policies; investment in the development of infrastructure and technical facilities for the tourism industry;create a favorable environment for business and tourism development community; developing tourism human resources; strengthening capacity and efficiency of state management in tourism.Standing Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Association Vu The Binh has made 3 proposals: Firstly , domestic tourism development is an important direction in the context of unpredictable Covid-19 developments. Therefore, the Government should have a strong and clear policy. Relevant departments need to streamline each type of tourists in order to establish their respective tourism products. Second , improve the digital transformation in tourism; need to clearly divide the responsibility of the state, and the responsibility of the business is to build digital transformation, marketing for that business. Third , focus on linkages, interdisciplinary, inter-regional and should aim at the national level. The Government needs to form a relevant specialized division to regularly monitor, support and gather this link.

At the conference, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam highly appreciated the efforts of the authorities at all levels, businesses and people together to contribute to the development of Vietnam's tourism industry.

However, besides the achievements, there are still a number of challenges facing the tourism industry, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam directed the Vietnam Tourism industry to take more drastic action in the issue of transformation. number. During this time, there is no hurry to open international routes to welcome foreign tourists but need to focus on developing domestic tourism; Focus on stimulating domestic tourists, and have effective policies to attract tourists to stay and spend time in the locality for a long time but do not forget to bring safety in tourism.

Overview of the conference

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien, on behalf of the entire Vietnam Tourism industry, has received the suggestions and instructions of Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, thereby building and implementing the awards. specific, practical and effective method to develop Vietnam tourism to overcome difficulties in the current period and develop in the coming periods.

"Over the past time, the Vietnam Tourism industry has achieved" miraculous "results, but there are still limitations and shortcomings that need to be overcome. "Together holding hands to act together" is the slogan that the Vietnam Tourism industry will aim to propose feasible and effective measures and solutions to overcome the consequences of Covid-19 and respond promptly. with all possible situations ”- Minister Nguyen Ngoc Thien emphasized.

Posted by: Mr. Minh | January 19, 2021

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