Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper has launched a program to boost domestic travel in Vietnam as the country continues relaxing its social distancing measures meant to guard against the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The ‘An Tuong Viet Nam’ (Impressive Vietnam) program is Tuoi Tre’s response to ‘Vietnamese people travel to Vietnamese destinations’, a government-back nationwide campaign meant to encourage Vietnamese citizens to travel domestically in order to support local businesses which have taken a hit by mandated COVID-19-related closures.
Accordingly, Tuoi Tre’s program is expected to feature numerous activities and events to promote local destinations, including publishing stories on the newspaper’s Vietnamese daily print and its online publications, available in both English and Vietnamese.
The stories look forward to gather suggestions from local authorities as well as experts and businesses in tourism and aviation in order to boost the country’s recovery after the epidemic.
Special discounts will also be given to local firms who wish to promote their businesses in the newspaper.
Tuoi Tre also plans to collaborate with tourism management agencies, local tourism associations, and businesses to organize conferences and events focused on identifying solutions for accelerating the recovery of the tourism industry.
One of Impressive Vietnam’s key goals is to connect businesses operating in the tourism sector with local tourism promoters, as well as asking businesses to develop unique tour offerings and tourism products that maintain high quality despite hefty discounts.
Alongside the program, Tuoi Tre has also launched a writing contest for readers to write about — and call on domestic travels to visit — their hometowns.
As of Friday morning, Vietnam had reported 312 cases of COVID-19, with 260 recoveries and no deaths, according to Ministry of Health statistics.
The nation underwent 15 days of social distancing from April 1 to 15, which was extended in some localities until the end of April 22.
During this period, all attractions and entertainment facilities were shuttered while passenger transportation services were requested to cease operations.
Social distancing measures have been gradually relaxed across the country, with tourism activities having been resumed for two weeks.
Last week, the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced a campaign to encourage its citizens to travel domestically, as the domestic market is considered the primary driver for the recovery of Vietnam’s tourism industry from the crushing impacts of the pandemic.
The country has barred entry to all foreigners since March 18 and banned international flights from March 22.
The campaign is slated to run from June 1 until December 31, 2020.