Vietnam’s tourism industry hit by worker shortages in Covid fallout


More than 12,000 people graduate each year, meeting about 60% of demand, she said.

As of mid-April, 454 tour operators and 342 hotels remained in operation in the city, down 1,341 from 2020, she said.

Tourism authorities are stepping up efforts to deal with the shortage, she added.

Nguyen Quy Phuong, head of the Vietnam National Tourism Administration’s travel department, said the pandemic had affected the economy and tourism was hit the hardest.

Large numbers of workers in the tourism sector have sought work elsewhere, exacerbating shortages, he said.

Travel demand is expected to rebound strongly as localities focus on efforts to boost domestic travel, he said.

Vietnam has fully reopened to international tourists since mid-March, he said.

About 41,000 visitors came to Vietnam in the first month since it reopened, he said.

“There are promising signs of recovery and growth in tourism this year. It is vital to invest in human resources for the long term with a focus on digital transformation and Industry 4.0. »

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