A corner of Sapa. Hotels, homestays, tour operators, and tourism destinations in Sa Pa will slash rates by 30 to 60 percent to boost tourism. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – All stakeholders in the tourism sector are adopting drastic revival measures in the wake of COVID-19. According to the General Statistics Office, Vietnam welcomed about 3.7 million foreign visitors in the first four months of 2020, primarily in January and February when international travel was still “normal”. The figure represents a decline of 37.8 percent against the same period last year. The pandemic has seen the industry suffer huge losses. Vietnam earned 775 trillion VND (34 billion USD) in revenue from tourism last year, but this year losses of 24-29 billion USD are anticipated because of the disease, said Truong Nam Thang from the Swiss Sustainable Tourism Programme. The decline in international arrivals is expected to continue in the months to come as Vietnam maintains an entry ban on foreigner visitors while many countries around the world continue to impose lockdowns and border closures. Many people, meanwhile, now have a fear of travelling. “COVID-19 has given the tourism sector tremendous headaches, more than anything it has experienced before,” Deputy Chairman… Read full this story
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