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South Korea promotes MICE tourism in Vietnam

2011-11-24 (GMT + 7)

South Korea has started to tap potentials of MICE (meeting, inventive, convention and exhibition) tourism from Vietnam besides promoting its normal tourism attractions to Vietnamese tourists.

South Korea Tourism Organization on Tuesday held a road show to introduce the MICE tourism to companies of Vietnam tour with new products and services.

South Korea’s Embassy in Hanoi has recorded over 90,200 Vietnamese tourists traveling to this country last year, up 18.7% against the previous year.

Travel firms in Ho Chi Minh City have estimated that the figure would be higher this year due to new tourism products, loosened visa policies and lower expenses.

Cao Pham Hang, director of SPSC Tours, said her firm has now organized tours to South Korea every month compared to few tours in the past.

“The number of tourists has risen strongly this year, especially when the tour to Jeju Island without visa is offered, and we sell more tours as tourists want to visit Seoul when flying to Jeju. Local firms have also received support from South Korean partners to sell tours,” said Hang.

Saigontourist has also arranged trips to South Korea every week recently.

A representative from Asia World Tour, operator of the Ho Chi Minh City-Jeju trip on chartered flights, said the firm took two groups of 100-120 tourists each to Jeju each week.

Some large firms have started to provide bonus tours to South Korea for their employees, according to Hang from SPSC Tours.

However, she now cares for offering a combined tour with cosmetic surgery after discussing with South Koea’s Jane Tour & DMC Co. There have been some clients asking for information about the service, she added.

Source: Saigon times

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