|Phong Nha-Ke Bang Tourism Site in Quang Binh province. Fees for tourism services will be cut to attract more visitors. (Photo: toquoc.vn)
The large discount, which will be applied to tours of some famous caves in the area, aims to attract more visitors and stimulate tourism development in the province after the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the provincial People's Council at a working session this week.
The meeting was held to discuss urgent issues including those related to tourism challenges for the rest of 2020 and solutions to help tourism enterprises overcome obstacles amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Specifically, tours that take visitors to will have entrance fees reduced from VND150,000 (US$6.5) to VND75,000 (US$3.2) per person.
The rate for entrance fees to Tien Son and Nuoc Mooc caves will be down from VND80,000 to VND40,000 each.
Fees for visiting Thien Duong and Me Bong Con caves are discounted from VND250,000 to VND125,000, respectively.
Meanwhile, the cost for other tours will also be reduced by 50% including the route through Rao Thuong - En – Nuoc Lanh caves which is now at VND240,000 and Tu Lan cave system, which is VND140,000 for four days and three nights visiting a total of seven tourist spots.
In particular, those who want to conquer Son Doong – the largest cave in the world – will now have only to pay VND4.4 million for the entrance fee per person.
Moreover, tourists will benefit from discounts on transportation costs, accommodation and food at restaurants during the tours, according to the provincial tourism authority.
Quang Binh province's Department of Tourism said that, since the beginning of the year, due to the effects of the pandemic, the number of tourists to the locality dropped sharply but it has begun to recover since the social distancing measures were eased and the province opened its doors to welcome visitors back.
The department said the number of visitors at weekends has started to increase.
It revealed an approximate number of 35,000 people visiting the province during the 45th anniversary of the Liberation of the South and National Reunification Day on April 30 and May Day. The visitors mainly came from Hanoi and neighbouring provinces.
The provincial tourism authority has directed tourism businesses in the province to change the structure of the tourist service market from serving foreigners to focusing on domestic customers and diversify tourism products with more reasonable prices to meet demands of tourists with new conditions of operation due to the pandemic.