Khanh Hoa Department of Tourism proposed to exempt visa for Russian tourists from 15 to 30 days to fill the gap in the Chinese and Korean markets due to the outbreak of Covid-19.
On March 5, Ms. Nguyen Thi Le Thanh, Deputy Director of Khanh Hoa Department of Tourism, said that the Covid-19 epidemic caused international visitors to Vietnam in February to drop sharply compared to January and the same period last year. Contrary to the gloomy situation from the traditional markets of China, Korea …, the Russian guest market is still growing steadily.
According to Ms. Nguyen Thi Le Thanh, by the end of February, the number of visitors to Khanh Hoa reached 618,000, of which 368,000 international visitors, only 68% compared to the same period in 2019. Tourism lost major markets. but the number of Russian visitors to Vietnam grew well with 172,700 visitors, an increase of 17.7% compared to the same period in 2019. Particularly Khanh Hoa, accounting for more than 70% of the Russian market to Vietnam. Expected in the first quarter of 2020, Russian visitors will reach 137,579, up slightly over the same period.
Anex’s representative, the leading travel agency for Russian visitors, said that during the Covid-19 outbreak, each month, Anex brought more than 36,000 Russian visitors to Vietnam, mainly Nha Trang and Khanh Hoa. Particularly in March, the number of Russian tourists registered to fly to Vietnam increased sharply with 37,253 flights. A second representative, Pegas Misr Vietnam Travel Co., Ltd. also said that in the first two months of the year, the company sent more than 35,000 Russian passengers flying directly to Cam Ranh International Airport. These are positive signs when the international tourist market plummeted.
Mr. Nguyen Van Hung, a Russian tour guide, shared that before visiting Vietnam, Russian guests also asked about the Covid-19 epidemic. The tour guide reported Khanh Hoa announced the end of the epidemic but the customers still had to take precautions and measure their body temperature, if the fever had to be isolated. When coming to Nha Trang, the Russian guests are very confident and respond well because the air here is cool, sunny.
Find output in domestic customers
Ms. Nguyen Thi Le Thanh said that in the current situation, the Russian tourist market must be maintained to help Khanh Hoa tourism overcome difficulties. According to the survey, Russian visitors to Khanh Hoa have an average stay of 14.1 days / person, spending about 1,500 USD / person, equivalent to 110 USD / day / person.
“Currently, the most essential thing is to reduce the visa for Russian visitors to Vietnam from 15 days to 30 days so that visitors can stay longer, go to more cities. This stimulus method is not expensive but Effective “- Ms. Thanh proposed.
In addition, the units that bring Russian tourists to Khanh Hoa also believe that the provincial People’s Committee should consider proposing businesses to reduce at least 50% of the ticket price and entrance fees to stimulate demand; support for VAT reduction or exemption in this period; Exemption, reduction of lending interest rates …
Mr. Le Kim Nhut, Chairman of the Tourism Promotion Forum of Nha Trang (Tourism Association of Nha Trang – Khanh Hoa), predicts that through the epidemic season, Vietnamese tourists will increase domestic travel. The international market takes 3-6 months to recover and exploit the new market takes 2-3 years. Therefore, it is necessary to focus on communication and strong promotion in the domestic market.
Mr. Nhut proved that in 2019, Khanh Hoa welcomed more than 7 million tourists, an increase of 13.3%, of which nearly 3.44 million domestic tourists. This number of visitors accounted for 49% but increased only 0.5% compared to 2018. Previously, in 2018, domestic visitors increased about 2%; in 2017 increased by 2.7%. This shows that the domestic market is very potential but has not been properly exploited.
The Nha Trang – Khanh Hoa Tourism Association is developing a tourism stimulus program with the participation of accommodation establishments, restaurants, food courts, entertainment and entertainment services; transport units, tour operators. In particular, the unit committed to discounting services and products for retail customers (self-service) from 10% -50% on the published price; 10% off 30% compared to discount for retail customers, travel companies participating in the stimulus program.