After about 2 years of freezing due to lack of visitors, the tourism industry and people of Hoi An (Quang Nam) are waiting to welcome international visitors back from March 15.
From the Lunar New Year to now, tourists have started returning to Hoi An, Quang Nam’s old town, after 2 years of closure due to the Covid-19 epidemic. Hundreds to thousands of local and domestic tourists visit and have fun every day.
Most of the souvenir stalls, cafes, and restaurants on Tran Phu, Nguyen Thai Hoc, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai… have started to clean up and open their doors to prepare to welcome guests back.
Shops are open; the streets are full of people.
Rushing to welcome each customer into the restaurant, Mr. Truong Nam (the cafe owner on Nguyen Phuc Chu Street) could not meet the reporter.
“The shop was too crowded today; I had to arrange more tables and chairs for everyone to sit. On this occasion, tourists from all over the place poured in; I was thrilled, closed for more than a year to reopen. But I was both happy and worried. During the epidemic, we should try to keep the tables apart so that guests can sit safely,” said Mr. Nam.
Like Mr. Nam, in Chua Cau, Mrs. Do Thi Thanh Tam invites guests to buy souvenirs. Radiant face, more than two years ago, the woman saw the bustling atmosphere in Hoi An ancient town. She had not seen this for a long time when the Covid-19 epidemic was still complicated.
“In the past few years, Hoi An old town has been empty of tourists, almost only people come to drink coffee and then leave. From the Lunar New Year until now, tourists have been very busy; even wanting to take a comfortable photo is not enough. It’s easy; the streets are packed with people,” excited Mrs. Tam.
Preparing four tourist boats on the Hoai River to carry passengers, Ms. Thanh (41 years old, living in Cam Chau Ward, Hoi An city) said that she was worried when there were no guests since the epidemic broke out boat was lying on the ground. Sun-drying wharf, dew-drying.
“When the epidemic had not yet happened, everyday family boats took tourists to see Hoai River. The guests were crowded and excited at that time, but they had to let it go after the epidemic. Now listen to Vietnamese information. Nam opened the door to welcome international guests from March 15; I am thrilled,” said Ms. Thanh.
Many programs to attract visitors
Since the Lunar New Year, Hoi An city has organized diverse cultural activities such as folk songs, calligraphy, card games, chess, poetry nights, concerts of ethnic musical instruments, etc. tourists come to Hoi An.
After Tet, Hoi An welcomes thousands of tourists to visit every day.
Ms. Truong Thi Ngoc Cam, Director of the Center for Culture, Sports – Radio and Television in Hoi An, said that the locality focuses on exploiting spiritual tours so that visitors can pray for peace this year. , learn about the culture and beliefs of Hoi An.
Nguyen Thanh Hong, Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Quang Nam province, said that the locality had issued a plan to organize the opening ceremony of the National Tourism Year – Quang Nam 2022 on March 25 in Ho Chi Minh City. Hoi An.
“National Tourism Year – Quang Nam 2022 will introduce and promote historical and cultural values, tourism resources and products; promote, restore and develop the tourism industry of the whole country in general and Quang Nam province in general and Quang Nam province.” South in particular after Covid-19,” said Mr. Hong.
The head of the Quang Nam tourism industry said that the organization of a tourism year aims to attract domestic and foreign tourists to Quang Nam, promoting linkages and cooperation in tourism development between provinces and cities. The city has potential and strengths in tourism and creates conditions to attract investment resources for tourism development.
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