China reopens group tours to Vietnam from March 15
|Before the Covid-19 pandemic, China was the biggest source of tourists to Vietnam, which was in turn also a leading partner of China in this regard. (Photo: VNA)
This is the second phase of China’s pilot programme on resuming outbound group tours.
The Beijing Youth Daily said on March that in order to continue following the policies of the Communist Party of China's Central Committee and the State Council, from March 15, the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism will allow Chinese tour operators to resume group tours for Chinese citizens to visit the following countries, namely Vietnam, Nepal, Brunei, Mongolia, Iran, Jordan, Tanzania, Namibia, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Zambia, Senegal, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Serbia, Croatia, France, Greece, Spain, Iceland, Albania, Italy, Denmark, Portugal, Slovenia, Vanuatu, Tonga, Samoa, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Panama, Dominica, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas.
"Vietnam’s hope for continued close cooperation with China to boost tourism recovery and development in the two countries". The Deputy Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry Pham Thu Hang made the remark at the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s regular press conference in response to the media’s question about China’s inclusion of Vietnam in the list of countries to which group tours will resume on a trial basis.
Deputy Spokesperson Hang said tourism cooperation is one of crucial cooperation fields between the two countries and also an important aspect of people-to-people exchange. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, China was the biggest source of tourists to Vietnam, which was in turn also a leading partner of China in this regard.
Vietnam has maintained close contact with China about promoting tourism cooperation, including the resumption of group tours, she noted, citing the latest information that the Chinese Government plans to include Vietnam in the list of countries to which it will reopen group tours on a trial basis from March 15.
Vietnam hopes that the two sides will continue cooperating closely to promote the recovery and healthy development of tourism in both countries, thus meeting their interests and tourism demand, she stressed.
Earlier on February 16, China announced the first batch of 20 countries where Chinese tour operators were allowed to pilot the resumption of group tours for Chinese citizens.
With these two phases combined, China has permitted pilot group tours to 60 countries for Chinese citizens.