The General Department of Tourism has officially kick-started the Travel Viet Nam Safety app in an effort to support travellers to feel more secure about their trips.
The app has been available in both Vietnamese and English from 10:00 AM on October 10 via http://vietnamtourism.gov.vn/live.
The app is designed to make it easier for visitors to check out how safe destinations are, including digital map containing information on restaurants, hotels, apartments, entertainment places, transport providers, hospitals and pharmacies of which the owners and managers have submitted their safety status to the authorized agencies.
The visitors can look up information about the current COVID-19 situation in the locality as well as details about infection cases and the number of recovered patients there.
Tourists are free to send their feedback and comments on the service quality of places they visited as well as whether places met the safety standards which they laid out on the app.
The app is aimed at more than 43 million smart phone users.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has requested the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism to take immediate measures, such as accelerating the application of digital technology for tourism marketing, smartly managing tourist destinations, building big data and information systems for common use, and spreading digital technology to all levels and branches to support Vietnamese tourism development.
Earlier, Booking.com - one of the world's largest travel marketplaces revealed domestic tourism has become a rising trend in Viet Nam in the context of the 'new normal' situation as a large number of Vietnamese who used to prefer remote destinations, now get used to discovering joy in neighboring localities in their own country.
According to the latest forecasts, COVID-19 has caused a 61% damage to Viet Nam's tourism revenues compared to 2019.
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