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Nearly 9,300 tour guides affected by the COVID-19 pandemic get support

By the end of October this year, 9,294 tour guides nationwide have received cash support with a total value of nearly 34.5 million VND (1.5 million USD) to help them overcome difficulties brought by the pandemic, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Statistics from the ministry showed that localities have received 10,762 applications for support from tour guides affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with Prime Minister’s Decision No 23/2021/QD-TTg. Of these, 9,294 applicants were deemed to be eligible for support.

Some localities with the largest number of tour guides receiving help are Da Nang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Thua Thien Hue, Quang Ninh and Khanh Hoa. Specifically, Da Nang has assisted 2,661 guides with a total of 9.87 billion VND while Hanoi has supported 1,173 with 4.35 billion VND, HCM City has assisted 1,528 with 5.66 billion VND.

Under the Prime Minister’s Decision No.23/2021/QD-TTg dated July 7, 2021, tour guides are among groups affected by the pandemic and are entitled to a benefit of 3.71 million VND (163 USD) each.

To access the financial support, they are required to show their valid tour guide cards granted prior to May 1, and a valid labour contract with travel firms.

The travel industry is among industries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as countries had to close borders and impose travel restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh has approved a pilot plan to welcome international visitors as proposed earlier by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Five pilot destinations to receive foreign tourists include Phu Quoc city in Kien Giang province, Khanh Hoa, Quang Nam, Quang Ninh provinces and the central city of Da Nang.

International tourists with vaccine passports or those who have made a full recovery from COVID-19 can visit these five destinations in Vietnam starting from this month, without a quarantine mandate./.