Can domestic tourism fill the void?

Can domestic tourism fill the void?
Vietnam Ha Long Bay

Jurisdictions around Asia are noting a strong surge in domestic tourism as a result of the pandemic, but border reopenings remain some way off and local traffic is unlikely to do enough to offset lost revenue in the IR industry. Speaking at the recent Destination Mekong Summit, leading officials from the region outlined the impact the Covid-19 crisis has had on their respective tourism industries and the measures they have implemented to mitigate the effects. They also spoke about how their respective countries are approaching opening up their borders again to international visitors. Dr Han Van Sieu, Vietnam’s vice chairman of the National Administration of Tourism, said the country had seen a 62.4 percent drop in the number of tourists visiting, which has hit the country’s small and medium-sized tourism businesses the hardest. The government has implemented a package of measures to alleviate the pain, including a five-month suspension of tax and...

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