The Central Highlands is empty of tourists

7 km from Pleiku city, Bien Ho tourist destination averages 200 – 300 hundred visitors per day, but recently there are only a few dozen left.

 

In Gia Lai, at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning, the asphalt road leading to Tonle Sap Lake was deserted, occasionally a few students from the province came to play and take pictures. The parking lot and souvenir shop next to the gate are sluggish. Restaurants and eateries closed quietly, with only a few employees coming to clean after many days of being empty.

Mr. Ro Cham Kat, a ticket controller, said that today was a weekend but since the morning there were only 10 people coming to visit. He is worried that in the near future no one will come anymore.

Many tourist attractions in Gia Lai such as Chu Dang Ya volcano, Dai Doan Ket square, Bien Ho tea hill… also have similar scenes.

Ro Cham Kat, a ticket controller at Bien Ho, measures the body temperature of each visitor. Photo: Tran Hoa.

Ro Cham Kat, a ticket controller at Bien Ho, measures the body temperature of each visitor. Photo: Tran Hoa.

In Dak Lak, tourist attractions have not closed anywhere. The Dray Nur waterfall landscape still has a few Western tourists and a few groups of local tourists.

At 11am on Saturday, Dak Lak Museum had only two Vietnamese visitors. “In the past, there were often quite a large number of Western visitors arriving at noon. But after the announcement of the epidemic and the decision to stop entry, many foreign delegations canceled, most of them were French guests because they are partners in establishing the museum,” said the museum’s reception staff.

World Coffee Museum, a new destination in the city. In Buon Ma Thuot, the parking lot is normally full, but now there are a few cars, mainly from domestic retail customers. Museum staff bring hand sanitizer and measure body temperature for visitors at the entrance.

Many cafes and beer clubs in the city center. Buon Ma Thuot is still crowded on weekday evenings. “The city hasn’t had any cases yet, so we’re not too worried yet,” said a group of customers at a cafe on Y Jut Street.

Lam Dong province has temporarily suspended business activities at entertainment venues including discotheques, bars, karaoke, cinemas… from March 21 until further notice.

Previously, on March 16, the French delegation was refused entry by Kon Tum and was forced to return to Dak Lak even though no one showed signs of being sick.

The French delegation had to visit the rubber forest unplanned on the way from Dak Lak to Ho Chi Minh City on March 17 after being refused by Kon Tum. Photo: CMQ

The French delegation had to visit the rubber forest unplanned on the way from Dak Lak to Ho Chi Minh City on March 17 after being refused by Kon Tum. Photo: CMQ

Ms. Phan Thi Ngoc Diep, representative of Gia Lai Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said that tourism business activities in the first quarter of 2020 are mainly seminars and industry summary conferences to serve local guests. and entertainment activities at tourist attractions during Lunar New Year.

Total tourist arrivals in the first 3 months of the year in Gia Lai are estimated at 315,000, up 10%, of which international visitors are estimated at 2,800, down 28%, domestic visitors are estimated at 312,200, up 10% over the same period. .

At the end of February, the 2020 tourism stimulus program had 20 businesses registered to bring domestic tourists to 4 provinces: Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen. However, due to the epidemic, this program has been temporarily suspended.

Currently, the Central Highlands provinces are promoting propaganda and guiding tourism businesses to deploy Covid-19 prevention and control, regularly updating the situation of international guests staying at hotels; Implement safe tourism criteria during the epidemic season.