Vietnam Travel in Brief 08/06
Malaysia Airlines offers ASEAN deals
Malaysia Airlines is launching low-cost flights in Vietnam and the ASEAN region to boost its business within Southeast Asia. Some one-way flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Kuala Lumpur will be offered with no price attached to the ticket’s taxes and fees.
The cheapest flights from Hanoi will cost $39. One-way flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Kuala Lumpur currently cost $205 while $95 tickets are available from Hanoi Vietnam.
Terence Swampillai, director of Malaysia Airlines Viet Nam, said the campaign targets passengers departing from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or ASEAN destinations to Kuala Lumpur.
The bookings are open until June 19 but passengers must travel between July 1 and December 14. Passengers must make their bookings 30 days before their flights.
Caravan tour of SEA countries launched
A 12-day caravan tour (Vietnam Tours) across four Southeast Asian countries has been launched by Viking Travel and Media Co. The trip will start in Vietnam and then cross into Cambodia, Thailand and finish in the Genting Highlands, the most popular travel destination in Malaysia.
The participants will travel more than 5,000km and have the chance to visit famous tourist attractions including Battambang and Siem Reap in Cambodia; Poi Pet town on the border of Thailand and Cambodia; HuaHin, Hat Yai and Phuket in Thailand.
The tour, which will start on June 27, is priced at US$750 per guest. Experienced drivers can register to take part in the tour at 79 Tran Hung Dao Street in HCM City, Tel: 9144145.
Saigontourist holds team-building tour
Saigontourist Travel Services Co. organised a Team Building tour for 33 staff of the international company Allen&Overy from Australia, the UK and the US recenly.
It was the third MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Conference, Exhibition) tour organised by Saigontourist. The company also held another MICE tour for PriceWaterhouseCooper between May 21 and 24. The tour took 220 employees of the company on city tours and to Cu Chi Tunnels.
Saigontourist said the company had organised MICE tours to 6,000 international guests in the first five months of 2008, a year-on-year increase of 15 per cent.
VN more attractive to Swiss travellers
Culture, friendly people and sea tourism are what make Vietnam attractive to international travellers from Switzerland, representatives from the Swiss travel firm Kuoni Group said during a meeting in Ho Chi Minh City last week.
Bettina Thalmann, the groups’ assistant product manager for Asia, said better hotel facilities and high-standard services were also appealing to visitors.
Travel to and from Vietnam is now more convenient, with more international flights launched in the past two years, she added.
Cathay Pacific to offer e-tickets only
All passengers flying with Cathay Pacific began to receive electronic tickets from travel agents from June 1, the company announced.
E-tickets were more convenient, eliminating the problem of lost tickets, enabling much easier handling of last-minute itinerary changes and allowing for a wide array of self-service options including on-line and self-service kiosk check-in, the company said.
(Source: Viet Nam News, URL: http://english.vietnamnet.vn/travel/2008/06/787116/)
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