Phu Quoc Island off southern Vietnam is harboring more than 10,000 foreign visitors despite a 30 percent slump in international tourist arrivals to the province administering the island because of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The coronavirus is taking a toll on tourism in Kien Giang Province, located in the Mekong Delta, said Nguyen Duy Linh Thao, director of a local center charged with promoting investment, trade, and tourism. Kien Giang, which administers the paradise island Phu Quoc, welcomed 1.6 million tourist visits in January-February, 114,900 of which were international arrivals, a 30.6 percent drop year on year, Thao elaborated. Fewer visitors will come to Kien Giang in general and Phu Quoc in particular in March and the following months, owing to the COVID-19 epidemic. The center has cooperated with the Vietnam Community Tourism Chapter on Phu Quoc in finding safe places for tourism promotion in Kien Giang. Tourist industry insiders from nearby provinces like Dong Thap, An Giang, Can Tho, and Ca Mau, the Vietnam Community Tourism Chapter, and 200 companies in the Mekong Delta have conducted field trips to attractions on Phu Quoc in the same bid to revive tourism. Foreign visitors on Phu Quoc Island, Kien… Read full this story
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