The return of the Covid-19 epidemic makes the Hoi An tourism industry that has not yet recovered, the risk of “freezing” again. A series of shops and restaurants… had to temporarily close to prevent and control the epidemic.
Since the positive case for SARS-CoV-2 was discovered in Hoi An, the old streets are unusually quiet. The busy scene of the previous holiday is gone, replaced by a gloomy atmosphere like previous outbreaks. Many tourism services such as hotels, restaurants, cafes, cyclos… have to temporarily suspend operations to prevent and control the epidemic.
It is not difficult to see that tourism is the economic sector hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Every time Hoi An tourism shows signs of improvement, then it is “frozen” when the epidemic breaks out again. Travel service workers are struggling when they don’t know when the Covid-19 obsession will never end.
Ms. Dinh Thi Lien, owner of a shop on Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, said that over the past year, the souvenir shop business has come to a standstill because of the epidemic. It was closed for a whole year because there were no customers, but every month they had to pay 40 million in rent. After many months of losing revenue, she had to negotiate with the landlord about asking for an early return and switching to selling baked goods at the night market.
Over the past year, Hoi An’s tourism industry has almost “frozen”. Many souvenir shops on the old street are “closed and bolted”. According to the Quang Nam Tourism Association, about 90% of restaurants and souvenir shops have to close, ask for ground clearance before the deadline, and many hotels are not operating because of lack of guests.
With more than 70% of the population working in tourism, since the outbreak of Covid-19 until now, they are the ones most affected. Many chefs, receptionists… have to switch to assistants, technology motorbike taxis or street vendors. However, when the epidemic is over, it will be very difficult to return to the old job when the break is too long. Life and work are turned upside down, the old town is open and closed, and the Covid-19 epidemic is like an obsession for tourists in Hoi An.
Mr. Nguyen Van Son, Chairman of the City People’s Committee. Hoi An said that in the first 4 months of the year, the city only received 22% of the total budget estimate (VND 1,095 billion) of 2021. Corresponding to this year’s budget revenue rate, Hoi An was only allowed to spend the forecast. room 4 billion. However, this number is nothing compared to spending on epidemic prevention, supplies, medical equipment and spraying disinfectants…