HCMC – The tourism sector in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa is looking to earn VND4 trillion in revenue this year, up 80% year-on-year, according to a local tourism official.
The coastal province is expected to welcome over 1.2 million tourists this year, up 100% year-on-year, with 1.16 million domestic visitors and 40,000 international ones, Nguyen Thi Le Thanh, director of the provincial Tourism Department, told a tourism conference held in the province on February 22.
Domestic tourism would also be developed into a spearhead economic sector under the province’s tourism recovery program. Therefore, the province will ramp up efforts to promote local tourism and attract tourists throughout 2022, the official said.
The provincial tourism sector had earlier made the most of opportunities to overcome challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and made preparations to recover in the new normal. As a result, in the last three months of 2021, the province served nearly 122,000 visitors, with some 4,600 of them being international travelers, and achieved over VND450 billion in revenue.
From November last year to February 20, Khanh Hoa welcomed 48 flights carrying over 10,000 international tourists with Covid vaccine passports from Russia, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia. This accounted for 90% of international visitors with Covid vaccine passports to Vietnam in the period.
Speaking at the event, Pham Minh Nhut, vice president of the Khanh Hoa Tourism Association, suggested tighter cooperation between the provincial tourism authority and the Association and travel businesses in tourism promotion programs to diversify tourism markets.
He also suggested local tour operators regularly update local travel products and add them to tour programs to attract more visitors to Khanh Hoa.