Quy Nhon welcomes its first international cruise ship after two years

Foreign tourists aboard the French ship Le Laperouse arrive at Quy Nhon port in Binh Dinh province on October 8, 2022. Photo courtesy of Vietnam News Agency

The French luxury ship Le Laperouse, carrying 106 European tourists, has become the first international cruise ship to dock at the port of Quy Nhon since the outbreak of the pandemic more than two years ago.

The ship arrived in the popular resort town of Quy Nhon in the central province of Binh Dinh on Saturday after leaving the popular resort town of Nha Trang.

Tourists visited Banh It Towers, an iconic symbol of Champa culture, and other tourist attractions in the city before heading to Mang Lang Church and Da Da Reef in neighboring Phu Yen Province.

After leaving Quy Nhon, the ship will continue its journey to Da Nang city.

The Laperouse had previously docked in the Con Dao archipelago in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau and in Ho Chi Minh City.

Huynh Cao Nhat, deputy director of Binh Dinh’s tourism department, said Quy Nhon’s inclusion in international cruise itineraries is a positive sign for the local travel and hospitality industries.

He hoped there would be more international cruises to Quy Nhon in the months and years to come, which would give a boost to post-pandemic tourism recovery.

Vietnam reopened its borders to foreign tourists in mid-March this year

So far this year, the country has received only 1.87 million foreign visitors, 30% of its annual target.

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