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Vietnam's reopening tourism sector hobbled by labor shortage

Industry lost workers during strict coronavirus lockdowns

A lifeguard sits on a beach in the Vietnamese city of Nha Trang in 2020. The nation's tourism industry lost workers during the pandemic.   © Reuters

HANOI -- Even as Vietnam reopens to international visitors, its tourism industry is still reeling from two lean years that have left it less able to compete with nearby destinations.

Companies still face a severe labor shortage after lockdowns forced widespread layoffs, and a lack of clarity from the government on reopening plans has further hamstrung an industry that generates around a tenth of Vietnam's gross domestic product.

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