(HBO) – The tourism industry of Hoa Binh province, which boasts considerable potential and advantages, has been strongly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, efforts are being made to revilatise the sector.

 Mu Waterfall in Tu Do commune of Lac Son district is an attractive eco-tourism destination for travellers.

To reactivate tourism activities after the coronavirus outbreak, since the year’s beginning, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has proposed the provincial People’s Committee issue and implement a plan for carrying out the 2020 cooperation programme on tourism development among eight northwestern provinces.

It has also suggested the province’s tourism steering board assign this year’s tourism development targets to district-level localities; coordinated with the localities to direct local relevant agencies and tourism service providers to keep improving service quality and ensuring safety for tourists; and organised meetings to discuss measures in response to difficulties facing the tourism sector in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Bui Van Truong said in the time ahead, his agency will continue to effectively implement resolutions, action programmes and plans on tourism development; improve State agencies’ management of tourism activities; disseminate relevant laws; organise trips for related stakeholders to learn experience in tourism management, promotion and development; provide training in rural tourism services; develop OCOP (One Commune, One Product) products of the tourism sector; and hold conferences to seek ways to tackle difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the short term, the department will propose the provincial People’s Committee launch a programme encouraging Vietnamese people to travel to domestic destinations. It will also spread information about the reopening and safety of local places of interest, devise safety guidance for tourism activities, and organise activities to promote the attractiveness of tourism stimulus packages. The authority will also encourage local travel firms to ensure a safe, friendly and high-quality tourism environment so as to help shore up the tourism industry as soon as possible, the official noted./.


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