The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) confirmed that Vietnam is in proper control of the Coronavirus disease and believes that the Coronavirus epidemic will soon be eliminated and that tourism activities will return to normal soon.
General Director of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism – Mr. Nguyen Trung Khanh has sent a letter to friends and international partners of the tourism industry, announcing that Vietnam's tourism industry is actively controlling the effects of the acute respiratory inflammatory disease, caused by a new strain of Coronavirus.
Vietnam has 16 people infected with the coronavirus, dozens of provinces and cities for students to leave school. However, thanks to the treatment regime, all the victims have now been recovered and have negative responses to the coronavirus, according to reports from the authorities.
In the letter, the Director-General affirmed that right from the time China announced the 2019-nCoV outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a global emergency medical situation, the Government of Vietnam and departments such as Health, Tourism and related authorities have proactively coped with the situation by implementing a series of prevention and control measures to minimize the impact of the disease. Vietnam has established a National Steering Committee for prevention and control of this disease and 45 quick response teams. All the border gates are placed under close supervision, suspected cases are isolated and actively treated in hospitals.
The Director-General said that the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has informed and instructed the whole industry on the measures to prevent and ensure the highest safety for tourists. At the same time, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism established a section on the official website of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism at http://vietnamtourism.gov.vn to update information, support tourism businesses in implementing measures to ensure safety and health for tourists.
"Having had a lot of experience dealing with epidemics such as SARS, MERS..., Vietnam has a good health surveillance system to control the nCoV epidemic... Two Chinese citizens are infected with the nCoV virus and have been successfully treated in Vietnam and the situation is well under control... We strongly believe that the epidemic will soon be eliminated, and tourism and community activities will be soon back to normal "- General Director Nguyen Trung Khanh affirmed.
About a month after the new outbreak of pneumonia caused by a new strain of Coronavirus (nCoV) was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, on January 27, the government issued a ban on group trip abroad. Shortly thereafter, some localities in Vietnam such as Khanh Hoa, Lao Cai, Da Nang... also announced that they would stop receiving Chinese guests due to fears of widespread pneumonia. As a key tourist market of Vietnam's tourism industry for many years, China's "secluded port" because of epidemics caused many travel businesses, service heavy damage.
Some travel businesses estimated losses of up to several tens of billion, only in the period from the Lunar New Year to the present. All tour operators must cancel all tours from China to Vietnam and vice versa, closing tours to take tourists to China. A series of restaurants and hotels in tourist "hotspots" such as Nha Trang, Da Nang... even had to temporarily cease operations.