Vietnam Outbound tours running out
The Lunar New Year will not be here for another month, but Saigontourist said that many Vietnam outbound tours have been fully booked.
Saigontourist has stopped receiving bookings for tours to Singapore, Malaysia and Beijing. Meanwhile, clients have to pay 15-30% more for nearly all tours provided by the company.
Thanh Tra, a representative of Saigontourist, said that clients were tending to book tours sooner. Now, the Kun Ming – Da Li – Li Jiang is the only available tour to China. This is a five-day tour, which costs $799 per traveller.
Meanwhile, the price for the Guang Xi - Shanghai – Beijing tour has increased by $100 per person.
Domestic tours with destinations in Nha Trang, Phu Quoc and Da Lat are also fully booked.
Despite the higher tour prices, the number of tourists is still increasing. More than 6,000 Viet Kieu have booked tours at Saigontourist, an increase of 30% over last year. Many Viet Kieu have registered to make the long trip throughout the country.
According to Nguyen Thi Huyen, Vietnam tour operator at Hanoi-based Vietran Tour, Vietnamese people tend to tour on Tet instead of staying at home. They want to relax and be entertained after one year of hard work. Hanoians want to go to the south in order to avoid the coldness of Hanoi’s winter.
Vietran Tour has also decided to raise the service fees for its tours by 30%. The 5-day tour to Pataya in Thailand, for example, now costs $365 (up by $80), 4-day to Beijing, $499 (up by $20). Meanwhile, the price for the special tour to Hong Kong – Macau – Guang Xi has increased by $100.
Ms Huyen said that tour prices have all increased due to higher airfare. All travel companies have decided to raise tour prices, not only Vietran Tour; therefore, clients will have to accept.
A staff from Vietravel said that Vietnamese people like travelling to China, which attracts tourists with special cultural festivals, or to Hong Kong to enjoy a Tet with both modern and traditional elements. Singapore and Malaysia are also the choices of many clients.
The “most-wanted” destinations in Vietnam are Da Lat, Nha Trang, Phan Thiet, Hanoi, Tuan Chau resort in Ha Long City and Hotels in Sapa. Vietravel’s clients have increased by 20-25% over the same period last year, and half of them have booked outbound tours.
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