The People’s Committee of Hoi An (Quang Nam) has decided to apply the old regulations for selling entrance tickets. The new plans for ticket sales and tourist segmentation in the old town will not be implemented until May 15th.
For the time being, ticket sales activities in Hoi An’s old town will be organized as they were prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, the city will continue to listen to feedback from locals and the public to make appropriate adjustments before issuing new plans.
According to the leader of the Hoi An Party Committee, ticket sales for the old town have been implemented for a long time. Most recently, the city of Hoi An implemented ticket sales based on the World Cultural Heritage Protection Regulations for the Hoi An Old Town, which was issued by the Quang Nam Provincial People’s Committee along with Decision No. 19/2020 dated December 18, 2020.
However, since the Covid-19 outbreak in 2019 until 2021, the old town of Hoi An and many other tourist destinations across the country have been heavily affected. To attract visitors, tourist attractions have implemented policies such as relaxation, exemption, and discount tickets to revive the tourism industry.
Now that the pandemic situation is under control, the number of tourists visiting Hoi An’s old town has surged, causing the quality of services to lag behind. At many times, the space in the old town has become overloaded.
For these reasons, the city of Hoi An is rebuilding a plan to control ticket sales activities and guide visitors in accordance with state regulations. Of particular interest to the public is whether or not the selling of tickets is for the purpose of revenue collection. Will visitors have to buy tickets to visit Hoi An’s old town or just to enter the city of Hoi An?
Tran Anh, the Secretary of the Hoi An Party Committee, stated that tightening the sales and tourist segmentation in the old town will have an impact on many social groups, especially those living in the old town.
Implementing the new plan for ticket sales and tourist segmentation requires caution and thoroughness in order to develop a suitable, harmonious plan that ensures fairness for visitors and meets the requirements of heritage conservation. The city of Hoi An should always maintain its image as a “friendly and hospitable” city.
According to Tran Anh, there are currently many opposing opinions on the new plan for managing ticket sales in Hoi An’s old town, which reflects the sentiments and responsibilities of locals and visitors alike.