Tien Giang province to aid travel businesses hit by COVID-19 hinh anh 1Tourists to Tien Giang province (Photo: VNA)

Tien Giang (VNA)
- Businesses in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang hit hard by COVID-19 are seeking support, including deadline extensions for tax payments, from the provincial authorities.

Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism Nguyen Duc Dam said that more than 1,200 businesses, households and clubs in the fields of culture, tourism and sport had to stop operating due to COVID-19.

In the first quarter, Tien Giang received over 375,000 tourists and earned 160 billion VND (6.9 million USD) in tourism revenue, a drop of 43 percent and 50 percent, respectively, year-on-year.  

Phan Hoai Lam, deputy director of Saigontourist's branch in the province, said that revenue had dropped drastically and there were no foreign tourists. Domestic tourism had just started to pick up, he added. 

Lam said his company was looking for tax reductions and extended deadlines for social insurance and VAT payments.

Nguyen Thi My Trang, deputy director of Lang Viet Travel Co., Ltd, said she hoped that local authorities would lower land rent and insurance fees and extend payment deadlines.

The Tien Giang Tourism Association has asked authorities to lower bank loan interest rates and extend payment deadlines.

The association said that loans with low interest rates are needed for organisations in the fields of tourism, sport and culture. To help those businesses recover, reduction in land rent fees and extension of payment deadlines are needed as well.   

Dam said the department had been working with other agencies to carry out policies from the central and local governments to assist businesses affected by COVID-19.

In the future, departments would develop a media campaign on safe travel to Vietnam and Tien Giang to encourage tourism.

The province would also help businesses improve tourism products and build tourism stimulation programmes.   

Dam said that tourism businesses should provide newer tourism products and services, and that departments should focus on promoting tourism and work cooperatively with HCM City, Hanoi and Mekong Delta provinces./.