Beautiful Vietnam
Warm destinations attract visitors despite coronavirus outbreak
  • | danviet, | February 19, 2020 01:31 PM
Warmer destinations such as Phu Quoc and Quy Nhon are attracting a lot of visitors, especially when students in many areas who have been allowed to stay home until March, amid the coronavirus outbreak.


Phu Quoc International Airport

The outbreak is said to have caused about VND674bn (USD29m) worth of damage to the tourism industry in Danang as of February 10. VND285bn of which was reported from the travel and transportation sector and VND389 was from the accommodation sector. Many people cancelled reservations and tours. The number of visitors dropped sharply for all kinds of accommodations from homestay to two or five-star hotels.

Nguyen Dang Quang Vinh, general director of Fiditour Company, said, "People mostly cancelled tours to destinations with cold weather. Meanwhile, the number of visitors to warm locations like Quy Nhon, Khanh Hoa and Phu Quoc remained pretty stable and even showed indications that there would be a 10% growth."

The number of international tourists to Phu Quoc actually increased, most are from Russia thanks to the direct flight route. Vinh went on to say that in order to offset their losses, the company has worked with its partners to develop other markets. They also offered discounts to attract more people to warm locations and raise awareness about the outbreak.

Bamboo Airways confirmed that even though they suffered a huge loss because of the outbreak, flights to warm destinations are often full and look like they were picking up more passengers. The number of passengers from Hanoi to Phu Quoc increased to 134% compared to the same period last year. Flights to Phu Quoc from Hanoi have increased 100%, from Hanoi to Quy Nhon 10% and 15% from Quy Nhon to Hanoi flights.

In the near future, Bamboo Airways will focus on source markets in East Asia, Europe and Oceania such as Japan, the Czech Republic and Germany. It also has plans to expand flights to 60 flight routes in 2020 including Buon Ma Thuot, Phu Quoc, and Pleiku from Ho Chi Minh City and Vinh-Nha Trang. Since February 15, it has increased services to 36 flights per day.

Vietnam Airlines has put the new plane into use on Hanoi-HCM City route with flights every two hours. More passengers will be able to experience large planes like the Airbus A350, Boeing 787-9 and the Boeing 787-10.

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