International travel mart suspended following Danang Covid-19 outbreak
  • |, Danviet | July 28, 2020 08:33 AM
The Vietnam Tourism Association has decided to suspend the organising of the Vietnam International Travel Mart 2020 scheduled to take place in the central city of Danang next month following the new Covid-19 cases in the city.

The association has sent documents about the decision to cities and provinces nationwide as well as enterprises which have registered for the event.


The press conference about event held on July 9.

The Vietnam International Travel Mart 2020 was scheduled to be held on August 12-15. However, Vietnam has confirmed 15 new community transmission Covid-19 cases in Danang and the central province of Quang Nam as of Monday evening.

In the documents, the association hoped to receive sympathy from agencies and businesses for the suspension and expected to get the partners’ strong support when the event is organised again based on the pandemic situation.

At a press conference early this month, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Association Vu The Binh said that the apart from domestic companies and agencies, the travel mart is expected to feature around 400 booths by exhibitors from 54 cities and provinces nationwide along with those from 10 foreign countries and territories, including Thailand, Singapore, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Cuba.

About 10,000 air tickets and 5,000 budget tours are set to be put for sale during the fair.

A forum on Vietnamese tourism with the participation of tech and tourism experts from Google and, along with the VITM Marathon was also slated to be held during the event.

The Covid-19 pandemic saw the number of foreign visitors to Vietnam fall to around 3.7 million in the first six months of the year, down 57% on-year.

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism reported that domestic tourists also decreased by nearly 50% to 23 million. The average occupancy rate was just 20%.

The country’s tourism revenues were estimated to drop by 48% on-year to VND176.8 trillion (USD7.6 billion).

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