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Hotels in Phu Quoc, Ha Tien “burn out” on the occasion of April 30th

On April 29, Mr. Pham Van Sy, owner of Free Beach Phu Quoc Resort (Area 7, Duong Dong District, Phu Quoc City, Kien Giang) and reception staff received constant booking calls from the mainland. However, this hotel could not accommodate more guests because a month ago almost 40 rooms on the beach were fully booked.

According to Mr. Sy, there is still one day until April 30, but in the afternoon of April 28 and the morning of April 29, tourists arrived in Phu Quoc by flights and speedboats.

Rain guests come to check in

According to Mr. Sy, on the anniversary of the ancestor’s death, there were many visitors to Phu Quoc, but not much compared to the April 30 ceremony. until 1.5. A month ago, Free Beach Phu Quoc Resort announced that it would hire more staff to serve tourists during a 4-day vacation.

In the past week, Mr. Sy’s resort and some properties in Phu Quoc have also received regular calls to cancel rooms. These empty rooms were soon booked by new guests, leaving many resorts without rooms from April 29 through May 3.

Some guests booked a month in advance but canceled due to force majeure. On the afternoon of April 29, it rained heavily in Phu Quoc and lasted for many hours, but guests still came to check-in as planned, afraid of being without accommodation for many days.‘ said Mr Sy.

Hotels in Phu Quoc, Ha Tien

Guests check in at a resort in the Duong Dong district of Phu Quoc city. Photo: Ngoc Thuy.

The owner of Free Beach Phu Quoc Resort said that due to the increase in the price of many groceries and the need to pay extra wages for employees who work during the holidays, some accommodation establishments have increased prices by 20-30%. In particular, the Free Beach Phu Quoc Resort costs from VND800,000 or more per room, an increase of VND300,000 compared to weekdays.

exchange with zingMr Nguyen Vu Khac Huy, vice chairman of the Kien Giang Province Tourism Association, said many visitors come to Phu Quoc during the holiday from April 30 to May 1. Regarding the fact that some media outlets have published the phone number of the head of the unit with the content of helping guests to ask for assistance when they cannot rent a room, Mr Huy confirmed that this was wrong.

Visitors to Phu Quoc on this holiday are very crowded, but there are not many large groups, most of them traveling in small family groups. Phu Quoc has just opened Hai Vuong Palace and attracts many visitors. In addition to guests from other provinces and cities, many locals also come to the Hai Vuong Palace‘ said Mr Huy.

Not only Phu Quoc, but also the accommodations in Ha Tien town in Kien Giang will be unavailable from the afternoon of April 29th. The owner of a hotel in Phao Dai district said room rates ranged from VND600,000 to VND900,000, up 20% compared to weekdays.

Absent foreign guests

According to the head of Phu Quoc International Airport, from April 21 to 28, the unit’s transport volume ranges from 16,000 to more than 21,600 passengers per day (104-123 landings and take-offs). On April 29, this airport had almost 150 landings and take-offs, so passenger production will increase significantly.

Mr. Nguyen Minh Dong, director of Phu Quoc International Airport, said that the peak schedule for the holiday from 4/30 to 4/30 is not longer. until 1.5. this year is expected to involve almost 160 landings and take-offs per day. In the years without the COVID-19 epidemic, the peak schedule of landings and take-offs per day is 178 times.

Hotels in Phu Quoc, Ha Tien

On weekends and holidays, the number of visitors to tourist destinations in Ha Tien is quite crowded. Photo: Viet Tuong.

Although the number of visitors by air to Phu Quoc is high, there have been no international visitors from April 17 to date. Vice-chairman of the Kien Giang Tourism Association Nguyen Vu Khac Huy said that other countries’ strict regulations are a barrier to the absence of international visitors.

We have many delegations from Korea, but we have to quarantine for seven days when we return, so we cannot send. This is carried out exclusively by the Korean government‘ said Mr Huy.

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