Ba Ria-Vung Tau pilots tourism reopening

The southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau has welcomed its first tourists after months of closure due to COVID-19, offering a ray of hope for a tourism sector ravaged by the pandemic.

The Minera Binh Chau Hot Springs has officially reopened to guests after closing its doors for more than four months, viewing this as an initial step to study the market and determine what prospects may await.

Though The Grand Ho Tram Resort & Casino in Phuoc Thuan commune, Xuyen Moc district, welcomed just eight visitors, its managers and staff were a lot more cheerful as their business and lives are poised to return to some semblance of normal.

In a bid to gradually recover and adapt to the pandemic, the provincial Department of Tourism developed a set of criteria on COVID-19 prevention and control for accommodation facilities, travel companies, tourist sites, and service providers. The criteria emphasise that both visitors and tourism staff need to have green vaccination cards.

Four resorts were allowed to welcome guests on the first day of reopening. Two were unable to do so, however, as their staff failed to meet the criteria, while local airlines declined to carry passengers under 18 years of age who remain unvaccinated./.