Can Tho working to revive tourism hinh anh 1A corner of Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho (Source: VNA)

Can Tho (VNA) -
The Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho has released a plan to recover the local tourism sector post-COVID-19.

It forecast that international tourists may only return to Vietnam at the end of this year or early 2021 because most countries are still coping with the pandemic.

Domestic travellers are more likely to take a trip as Vietnam has curbed the spread of the disease well and been easing social distancing measures.

Can Tho will therefore target local holidaymakers, especially the young.

Department Director Nguyen Khanh Tung said the city will prioritise localities nearby such as HCM City, southern provinces, and Mekong Delta provinces, as well as faraway localities like Hanoi, Da Nang, and provinces with air links to Can Tho.

Foreign targets will include Taiwan (China), the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand after the epidemic is brought under control.

The tourism sector will coordinate with relevant agencies to support businesses in resuming operations and implement the city’s relief packages for those affected by COVID-19.

Can Tho city will be promoted as a safe, friendly, high-end destination, and a number of tourism promotional packages will be created.

According to the city’s Department of Planning and Investment, tourism has been one of the sectors hardest hit by COVID-19. The number of out-bound travellers dropped 76.3 percent and domestic travellers were down 74.4 percent in the first four months of this year.

Its revenue also declined 31.4 percent year-on-year in the period./.