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Vietnam travel firms raise tour prices

2011-05-12 (GMT + 7)

Vietnam travel firms are planning to bump up prices for summer tours from this month after airlines have increased fares by almost 23%.

Ta Thi Cam Vinh, outbound manager of Ben Thanh Tourist, told the Daily that her company was considering increasing the cost of tours by 10%. Meanwhile, Vietravel will hike some tour prices by 5%.

Nguyen Chung Thuy, PR manager of Lua Viet Tours, explained, “Because airlines have raised fares, we have to adjust up our tour prices accordingly. However, car tours won’t be affected.”

This is the second time that Vietnam tour operators have put up the cost of tours since April. Thuy said her company was facing difficulties because the price increase would make travelers look elsewhere.

In order to attract tourists, travel firms have signed agreements with foreign airlines such as Cambodia’s Angkor Airlines and Asiana Airlines of South Korea to offer promotions.

Lua Viet is concentrating on day-tours which tourists can travel easily and cheaply and the key markets, Thuy added.

Source: The Saigon times

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