01.01.2021, 20:16

Ho Chi Minh City targets at welcoming 33 million tourists in 2021

Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism on January 1 held a ceremony to welcome the first tourists to the city in 2021.

Ho Chi Minh City targets at welcoming 33 million tourists in 2021

The first tourists to Ho Chi Minh City in 2021.

The first visitors to the city were a group of nine people who arrived on three flights operated by the Vietnam Airlines Group from Hanoi and Con Dao Island.

Five other tourists arrived on a Vietjet Air flight and five others on a Bamboo Airways flight also from Hanoi.

The first visitors to Ho Chi Minh City in 2021 were presented with a return air ticket and vouchers for using tours and restaurants services from local travel agencies and restaurants.

According to director of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, the ceremony was among the activities in the tourism promotion campaign titled Hello Ho Chi Minh City. This is an annual event.

“These first visitors are among our target of 33 million tourists this year,” she said. “The tourism sector hopes that the Covid-19 pandemic will continue to be properly contained in our country so that we can resume the sector’s development this year. We expect to restore the local market this year and be ready to reopen the international market in the following years.

The official shared that various events will be held this year to attract visitors including the Viet Lunar New Year Festival 2021, and the 8th Ao Dai Festival, the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Fair.

A report from the department said that the tourism sector in Ho Chi Minh City was hard-hit by Covid-19 in 2020, with the total number of foreign visitors falling by 84.8 percent against 2019’s figure, to only 1.3 million, while domestic tourists by 48.45 percent, to 15.8 million. Tourism industry revenue fell by 39.66 percent.