Vietnam travel agencies seem to have stopped accepting registrations. Fiditourist stopped registrations a month ago after accepting bookings from 6,000 tourists. Most of tourists like overseas tours more than Vietnam tours. Saigontourist also said that their overseas tours were full. Ta Thi Cam Vinh, manager of the outbound section of Ben Thanh Tourist, told the Daily on Monday, "We received four guests for the tour to the Philippines and two for the tour to Cambodia, while tours to Hong Kong, China and Malaysia stopped registrations."
For Thailand, most domestic travel firms canceled tours due to the country’s politic crisis, Vo Tien Tan from Youth Tourist JSC told the Daily, "We had to cancel three Thai tours on the national holidays." Ben Thanh Tourist will organize only one tour to Phuket, departing on Thursday. Tours to European countries on the national holidays will go as planned after airlines re-opened flights that were suspended due to the volcanic ash clouds over Europe.
According to domestic tourist companies, the number of tourist registering for tours this year has increased 20% year-on-year, and now there are only a few places left for tourists to choose. Doan Thi Thanh Tra, marketing manager of Saigontourist, told the Daily, "Tourists this year registered for tours departing on national holidays rather soon, so most of the tours are full."
Tran Long, director of Viet Media Travel, said that because the national holidays fell on the weekend Vietnamese people had four days to rest and tours to the north and the central had attracted more tourists.