Kien Giang serves nearly 1.8 million tourists in four months hinh anh 1A beach in Phu Quoc, Kien Giang (Photo: VNA)

Kien Giang (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang welcomed nearly 1.8 million vistors in the first four months of 2020, down 40.1 percent year-on-year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Deputy Director of the provincial Department of  Tourism Bui Quoc Thai.

The locality’s total revenue from tourism activities reached 3.44 trillion VND (148.9 million USD), down 51.7 percent compared to the same period last year and equivalent to 17.2 percent of the yearly plan.

Notably, the locality served 36,713 visitors during the four-day holiday on the occasion of the National Reunification Day (April 30) and May Day (May 1), raking in 43.2 billion VND.

Kien Giang province has so far attracted 311 tourism development projects with a total investment of 337.9 trillion VND. Particularly, Phu Quoc district is home to 267 projects worth 332 trillion VND.

Immediately after being allowed to resume tourism services after the time of social distancing to contain the spread of COVID-19, travel businesses in Kien Giang have conducted sterilisation and made best preparations to welcome tourists back.

Tourists visiting and staying in the locality have been required to check body temperature and fill out medical declaration forms, as well as keep appropriate distance in public places.

In the time to come, the provincial Department of Tourism will continue to inspect travel firms’ compliance with regulations and guidelines on COVID prevention while organising tourism activities in the locality.

Meanwhile, local authorities and sectors will strictly and timely handle relevant violations, as well as organise two specialised inspections in Phu Quoc district and a programme to popularise tourism-related laws in Rach Gia city and Chau Thanh district./.