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Vietnam travel companies prepare for Tet tours

2011-01-24 (GMT + 7)

Vietnam travel agencies and Tour operators are preparing to welcome tens of thousands of foreign tourists for the nation's biggest traditional festival, the Tet.

The Vietnam tour packages are aimed at ensuring the cosy reunion of people over Tet. Packages were also designed to attract foreign visitors to explore festivals held exclusively for the occasion.
Saigontourist Marketing Manager Doan Thi Thanh Tra said the influx would begin on January 26.
"So far, more than 8,500 tourists have booked with the company," Tra said.
Tours were an ideal introduction of Tet to foreigners, Tra said. For example, the Mekong Delta Tet tour includes a stop at a local household, specialising in floriculture, a traditional lunch with the family and a lesson on how to cook traditional foods. In addition, hotels and restaurants under the company had prepared special menus for the first four days of Tet, she said.
A Vietnam travel marketing department representative, Duong Mai Lan, said the most popular destinations during Tet were     Hoian, Danang and Mekong Delta.
Lan said tours included a Vietnamese-style celebration of the Lunar New Year where traditional dishes, including square glutinous rice cakes and lean pork paste, are served.
This year, Vietnam travel expects to receive 5.3 million overseas visitors.

VietNamNet/Viet Nam News

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