(HBO) - After the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday, along with other destinations across the province, tourism activities on Hoa Binh Lake have seen recovery, contributing to realizing the "dual goal" of COVID-19 prevention and economic development.

The local authorities have also paid attention to managing tourism activities on the lake, one of the key tourist routes and destinations in the province.

Tourists visiting Chua Thac Bo temple strictly abide by COVID-19 prevention and control regulations.

Spanning Hoa Binh city and the districts of Cao Phong, Tan Lac, Da Bac, and Mai Chau, the Hoa Binh Lake tourist area has become attractive to holiday-makers thanks to its natural beauty along with community tourism destinations imbued with cultural identities such as Trach cave and Sung cave, and famous spiritual tourist destinations like Chua Thac Bo temple and Thac Bo cave.

These tourist attractions provide visitors with new and attractive discoveries and experiences. The destinations have just been re-opened to visitors after the time of closure due to the complicated developments of COVID-19.

Pham Ngoc Nhat, head of the Division of Culture and Sports of Cao Phong district said Thung Nai port and Chua Thac Bo temple welcomed visitors from the 4th day of the lunar year. To ensure safety, especially amid the COVID-19, inspection forces have been on duty around the clock at Thung Nai port.

Visitors are required to have their temperature checked, wash hands with sanitizer, fill medical declarations and wear masks before boarding the boat. The number of people in each group is not more than 20.

In addition, measures to ensure the safety for visitors have been fully implemented, such as making life jackets available on boat and reminding tourists to wear them.

At Bich Ha port in Hoa Binh city’s Hoa Binh commune, the number of tourists has been reported to increase, especially during weekends.

Mrs. Nguyen Thi Nga, who is working at the port, said Bich Ha port regularly receives groups of 40-50 visitors on Saturday and Sunday. Besides local tourists, Hoa Binh has also welcomed visitors from other provinces who mainly visit religious and spiritual tourism sites on Hoa Binh Lake. Amid the ongoing COVID-19 situation, a disease prevention and control checkpoint is maintained to instruct visitors to strictly abide by COVID-19 prevention regulations. At Bich Ha and Thung Nai ports, owners of ships and boats have been active in preventing the pandemic.

Meanwhile, at spiritual tourism destinations that receive a great number of visitors this time, including Chua Thac Bo temple and Thac Bo cave, loudspeakers, antiseptic and free masks are provided free of charge for tourists. Tourists also obey the regulations of wearing masks and keeping distance in public places.

According to Vice Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Luu Huy Linh, religious and belief activities and tourism sites have been reopened. Of which those belonging to the Hoa Binh Lake tourism site have drawn a huge number of tourists.

The department has requested the People's Committees of Hoa Binh city and districts to direct their divisions of culture and sports and related agencies, and the People's Committees of communes, wards and townships to strictly deploy COVID-19 prevention measures.

Inspectors of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism have coordinated with authorities of Hoa Binh city and districts to increase inspections and handle violations in organising festivals and religious activities in tourist sites as well as sports and entertainment activities at establishments, and request their owners to comply with relevant legal provisions./.


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