The hospitality sector is preparing to welcome tourists following the pilot vaccine passport programmes, contributing to reinforcing Vietnam’s image as a safe destination.
|As many as 209 tourists from the Republic of Korea (RoK) will come to Phu Quoc on a Vietjet flight. (Photo: Vietjet) |
Last week, resorts and hotels on Phu Quoc Island, in Quang Nam and Danang welcomed the first tourists under the pilot vaccine passport programme, after preparing for their arrival for several months to ensure safety for their guests.
During the past month, Sun Group on Phu Quoc has been busy retraining its staff and preparing pandemic prevention and control plans to create a safe environment for tourists. The group worked with the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and Kien Giang Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism to accommodate groups of visitors.
Following the current pilot programme, tourists will be tested for COVID-19 every seven days and have their body temperature monitored via an installed camera system. The staff will then take care of anyone who shows signs of fever and cough.
Le Thi Thu Trang, general director of Vinpearl Discovery & VinOasis said, “As the pioneer in recovering the tourism sector of Phu Quoc, Vinpearl has built a system fit for guests. With the advantage of our all-inclusive model and one-stop destination, we are ready to provide complete vacation experiences with diverse activities suitable for all people, while ensuring all safety standards.”
Trang added that revenues were not Vingroup’s leading target at this time. “Instead, we focus on promoting Phu Quoc as a safe destination, together with the fact that all locals are fully vaccinated. The second target is to spread an attractive image for Vietnam to invite international tourists during Christmas and New Year.”
Hoiana Hotel & Suites in Quang Nam also prepared a 5-star hotel building to serve tourists with vaccine passports. In the week-long vacation schedule, customers can enjoy various activities in the resort and participate in tours with fixed agendas approved by the authority.
Hoiana kicked off its beSafe programme this past September, including plans to separate tourists and staff and increase the supply of disinfectant while training its employees.
Steve Wolstenholme, chairman cum CEO of Hoiana Hotel & Suites said, “Welcoming guests with vaccine passports is a positive step to restart after nearly two years. I hope that up until and during the New Year season, we will be able to welcome many international guests to Quang Nam province.”