søndag 2. august 2020

In Vietnam, an Ancient Town Struggles With a New COVID-19 Outbreak

I just applied for a new job at an education consultancy agency. COVID-19 has shown me how risky it is to work in the tourism industry amidst this special time of humankind. I think it is better I follow another career path at this moment,” Dinh Que Chi, my cousin, told me recently. We were talking in Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site about 30 kilometers from Da Nang – the epicenter of the newest COVID-19 outbreak in Vietnam.

Que Chi grew up in Hoi An and had been working in the city for about two years, at Vinpearl Nam Hoi An Resort and then Nam Hai Resort, before finding herself laid off due to COVID-19. She is just one of many local workers in a similar situation. Right when the Hoi An locals were dreaming of a spectacular “table-turn” for their tourism industry after a 99-day streak of no local transmission in Vietnam and flocks of domestic tourists swarming to this place for summer vacation, a new outbreak emerged. Da Nang has recorded dozens of new COVID-19 cases since July 25, shattering short-lived hopes for a recovery of Hoi An’s tourism.