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Saigontourist Group to pioneer in rebooting HCMC – Ben Tre tourism with a cooperation program

Right after the conference "Tourism linkage between Ho Chi Minh City and Ben Tre province in safe adaptation conditions to Covid-19" at the end of October 2021, Saigontourist Group has pioneered the implementation and concretization of the tourism recovery cooperation program of the two localities.

At the opening for this restoration route, a member unit of Saigontourist Group, Saigontourist Travel Service Company, has linked with Ben Tre tourism businesses to quickly launch and renew tourism products to bring tourists back to Ben Tre after a long social distancing period. The first tour to visit and experience the "green area" of coconut land organized by Saigontourist Travel is departing from Ho Chi Minh City on November 13, 2021, according to a schedule of 2 days and 1 night.

Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the People's Committee of Ben Tre province directly welcomed the delegation of Saigontourist Group.

Notably, the tour program took place on the occasion of the People's Committee of Ben Tre province to organize the Launching ceremony of commercial, sports and tourism activities of the province after the period of social distancing on November 14, 2021. Within the framework of this event, leaders of Ben Tre province presided over organizing a program to welcome the first tourist group to Ben Tre, the aforementioned delegation of Saigontourist Travel, marking the official milestone for tourism programs to the “green areas” of the coconut land.

The tour products provided by Saigontourist Travel during the period of adaptation and safety to the Covid-19 epidemic are now organized in groups, closed model. Tourists mainly experience the open ecological space, river, enjoy unique local cuisine in combination with convalescence, rehabilitation and health enhancement. All tours ensure medical safety criteria for all participants, including tour operators, tourists, local communities and service facilities at the destination according to the model “green service staff”, “green tourists”, “green journeys” and “green destinations”.

Mr. Le Duc Tho, Secretary of the Ben Tre Provincial Party Committee gave flowers to congratulate the first visitor to Ben Tre after the social distancing period.

Before being affected by the pandemic, the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City assigned Saigontourist Group to take the main role in implementing the tourism development cooperation program between Ho Chi Minh City and 13 provinces and cities of the Mekong Delta region. After the field trip in early November, Saigontourist Group selected Ben Tre and Long An as the first two regions in the roadmap to stimulate the tourism industry recovery in the new normal period. The goal is to strengthen the tourism development cooperation between Ho Chi Minh City and 13 provinces and cities of the region. In particular, Ben Tre is a locality with potential and strength in developing cultural tourism, historical traditions, ecological heritages, and community tourism along with craft villages associated with typical products from coconut.

Speaking at the Launching ceremony on the morning of November 14 in Ben Tre city, Ben Tre province, a representative of Saigontourist Group commented: "Over the years, Ben Tre has always been identified as one of the important routes, attractive in single-line as well as on-line travel itineraries of Saigontourist Group system in the Mekong Delta. Before Covid-19 pandemic, every year, Saigontourist took tens of thousands of international passengers by ship to a day trip between Ho Chi Minh City and Ben Tre. This is the reason why Saigontourist Group invested, put into operation Saigontourist Travel branch in Ben Tre, deployed a variety of tour programs by road, river and sea to Ben Tre.
A representative of Saigontourist Group added that, in the near future, the Group is committed to continuing to accompany and support the tourism industry in Ben Tre, associate with local tourism businesses in order to develop new products, to support human resources training as well as to promote and advertise Ben Tre tourism. In particular, Saigontourist Group will continue to stimulate regional cooperation to soon restore tourism in Ben Tre.
                                              Eco garden tour in Ben Tre

This tour program to the “green areas” of coconut land is an expansion and continuation of the "green areas" tourism programs pioneered by Saigontourist Group in recent times. Immediately after the 4th phase of Covid-19 epidemic was controlled, Saigontourist Group restarted tourism activities with many inner-city tourism programs in the "green areas" of Can Gio, Cu Chi and inter-provincial tourism connecting Ho Chi Minh City. - Tay Ninh, tourism in the Central, the North ... according to the safety criteria to adapt to the Covid-19 epidemic.

Participating in the "green areas" tour program of Ben Tre coconut land, visitors visit the memorial area of Mrs. Nguyen Thi Dinh, the special national relic area of Nguyen Dinh Chieu - the great patriot and poet of the nation. The program has many interesting experiences and discoveries such as playing in the ecological garden, experiencing gardening activities, picking vegetables, learning to cook, and trying out the skills of mixing guava salad. Tourists take a boat to watch the sunset on Ham Luong river, take a tram to visit Ben Tre city at night, enjoy the rustic dishes of mussel soup, visit and shop for specialty coconut candy right at the oven.

Saigontourist Group is a leading tourism group in Vietnam, with a system of more than 100 hotels, resorts, restaurants, travel agencies, amusement parks, exhibition centers, international conferences, cable TV, golf courses, and tourism training academy…with more than 17,000 employees nationwide.

Tourists on the boat, exploring Ben Tre river tourism

Saigontourist Group is a pioneer in the efforts to contribute to Ho Chi Minh City and the whole country in recovering the tourism industry in the safe adaptation of Covid-19. Saigontourist Group has always actively prepared specific business plans in each unit, each location, with the motto that products and services must be developed to ensure safety, quality, and multiple options at competitive price. Along with the tourism recovery plan, Saigontourist Group's accommodation, travel, food and entertainment businesses across the country have reopened for business, in strict compliance with regulations on safety criteria of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and the People's Committees of each region. At the same time, more than 70 hotels, resorts, travel agencies, restaurants, amusement parks... that belong to Saigontourist Group has also implemented special stimulus promotion programs.

Hình Món ăn tại Farmstay Hải Vân - Sân chim Vàm HồDuring the 4th Covid-19 epidemic, Saigontourist Group pioneered in implementing logistics activities to support accommodation and meals for thousands of medical staff, doctors, nurses, from different regions. They were mobilized by the Ministry of Health to participate in epidemic prevention and control in Ho Chi Minh City along with the medical teams and doctors from the City’s hospitals. The Group jointly carried out many other practical activities such as preparing cakes and nutritious drinks, jointly organizing the program "5,000 bowls of loving Phở to serve the frontline medical forces fighting the epidemic" and give away 15,000 vouchers for bedrooms, food services, with a value of over 60 billion VND. From September 19 to October 21, 2021, Saigontourist Group has sponsored and successfully organized more than 10 "green journeys" gratitude tours to Can Gio, Cu Chi and Tay Ninh. The tour programs were dedicated for frontline healthcare workers, medical staff, and army medical corps in the fight against epidemics in Ho Chi Minh City, with a scale of serving more than 1,300 visitors. In addition, on October 24, 2021, Saigontourist Group held a ceremony to welcome the first group of 50 waterway tourists to visit Can Gio - Deployment of Ho Chi Minh City's tourism recovery plan in safe adaptation conditions to Covid- 19. 
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