The Quang Ninh Tourism Department recently held a conference to prepare for welcoming Chinese tourists and to agree on measures to ensure their safety in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Discussions at the conference centered on developing outbound tourism markets, building new tourism products, and restoring cross-border self-driving services between Vietnam and China.
Chinese tour operators proposed the early restoration of the cruise tourism route from Beihai, Guangxi to Ha Long, Quang Ninh, and reaching a consensus on business cooperation methods that allow some Vietnamese travel agencies to participate in order to ensure fair competition.
Reopening traditional tourism routes by road and sea will promote sustainable and orderly tourism, as well as protect the rights and interests of Chinese tourists and tourism businesses. Lieutenant Colonel Pham Quang Huy, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Quang Ninh Border Guard Command, said that “The Hon Gai Border Guard Station is always ready to handle procedures for foreign cruise ships. Regarding passports, travel agencies also comply with the regulations.”
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Delegates also discussed developing new tourism products related to cross-border tourism, including high-quality products such as golf and night tourism services to meet the diverse needs of Chinese tourists. Nguyen Ha Hai, Vice Chairman of the Quang Ninh Tourism Association, said that tourism businesses want a healthy business environment to develop sustainable tourism. “After a three-year hiatus due to COVID-19, we are starting again, and we hope for a fair playing field with coordinated participation from the central to local levels, and especially compliance with business laws and regulations,” he said.
Chinese tourists are an important market segment for tourism in Vietnam. Quang Ninh is a pioneering province in developing plans to welcome Chinese tourists from traditional markets, contributing to the goal of welcoming about 2 million international visitors this year.