VOV.VN - The Hanoi Department of Tourism has directed relevant tourism businesses in the capital to redouble efforts in order to prevent and combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), amid its increasingly complicated developments.
Since the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak, tourism firms operating in Hanoi have had to work closely with competent authorities to hammer out unified measures.
Some of the measures include canceling tours to epidemic-hit areas, not receiving travelers who have recently arrived from epidemic areas, and promptly notifying local authorities regarding any suspected cases.
Indeed, travel companies and accommodation facilities have been active in providing regular information about the various disease outbreaks occurring globally, with efforts being made to spread information about prevention measures for travelers, in addition to thoroughly spraying disinfectant around public places and offering free facemasks.
According to the Hanoi Tourism Department, between February and March 19 a total of 151 accommodation establishments in Hoan Kiem and Dong Da districts have been forced to suspend operations, while the average room occupancy rate during the first quarter stood at 43%, a fall of 26.2%.
As a result of the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, the number of visitors to the capital during the first quarter plummeted to 3.85 million, a drop of 47.2% in comparison with the same period last year. International arrivals were estimated to make up over 956,000 of the total, whilst the figure for domestic holiday-makers stood at 2.89 million, representing a fall of 43.9% and 48.2%, respectively.
In addition to the decline in traveler numbers, total tourism revenue during the reviewed period reached VND15,687 billion, a decline of 38.8%.