Travel to Vietnam: Travellers on 2007 Tet double last year
The number of travellers during Vietnam Tet will increase dramatically this year, with many tours already fully booked.
Nguyen Thanh Thuy, Director of Nghitamtours, said that by January 24, the company had signed contracts with five groups of clients for outbound tours. These clients will leave for Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong – Macau on January 18 and 19 (the second and third day of the Lunar New Year). She said that the number of travellers that had booked tours at Nghitamtours had increased two-fold compared to last year.
A representative of Vietravel said that 12,500 clients had booked tours for Tet with the company, including 5,500 travellers abroad - a record figure so far.
Other Vietnam travel firms like Festival, SPSCtour, Nimbustourist and Hanoitours have all reported sharp increases of tourists. The main destinations of Vietnamese travellers are regional countries including Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, domestic tours are also running out. Saigontourist said that it had refused bookings of the Ho Chi Minh City – Da nang – Hue, Ho Chi Minh City – Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City – Da Lat tours. The tours to Phu Quoc island have also run out because there are very few air tickets to the island.
On the second day of the Lunar New Year alone, Saigontourist will use 41 buses to carry 1,250 travellers on the Nha Trang – Da Lat – Phan Thiet trip. The travel firm is expected to serve 12,000 clients on domestic tours, 40% of which are Viet Kieu, an increase of 20% compared to the same period last year. According to Hanoitours, the number of tourists that have booked domestic tours has increased by 25%.
Pham Tu, Deputy Director General of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourist, said that Vietnamese people tend to travel on Vietnam Tet instead of staying at home or relatives’ homes. As for Vietnamese people, the Vietnam Tet holiday is a time for relaxing and entertainment instead of parties.
According to the Vietnam Tourist Association, the number of clients on domestic tours has increased by 35% over last Tet - a volume which has never been seen in the history of Vietnam’s tourism industry. The living standards of Vietnamese people have improved, while tour fees have been decreasing considerably, prompting people to travel more on Tet and in the spring.
The Ho Chi Minh City - Da Lat tour, for example, has the cost of VND2mil only; therefore, it is a favourite tour of many families.
(Source: Tien phong)
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