Vietnam Travellers cancelling tours to Thailand due to bombings
terrorist bomb attacks recently have been worrying Vietnamese travellers, causing them to cancel planned tours to the country.
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Vietran Tour these days is receiving a lot of calls asking about the situation in Thailand and asking to change itineraries. Hanoi Tourist has also cancelled tours booked by more than 20 tourists. Vietnam Travel firms have all reported that Vietnamese tourists were cancelling tours to Thailand for fear of bomb attacks.
Tong Thu Hien, Head of the Outbound Tourism Division under Hanoi Tourist, said that the company had agreed to refund the deposits as tourists decided to cancel their tours to Thailand. However, the tours to the country on January 9 and 12 will still be made as planned.
“Thai travel firms said that every thing is okay, but no one can foretell anything,” Ms Hien said.
When the bomb attack occurred on the New Year 2007, Hanoi Tourist had two delegations of travellers in Bangkok, and it was fortunate that all they were safe. Prior to that, the company had warned its clients not to go out by night to the city’s central areas.
The number of clients that book tours at Vietran Tour has also declined by 50% compared to last week. On average, the company organises two tours to Thailand per week, but only one delegation departed last week. Nguyen Thi Huyen, Vietnam stour operator, said that many clients were calling to ask about the situation in Thailand: they want to book tours for the Lunar New Year holiday. However, they have not made final decisions for fear that the fighting may become fiercer.
Almost all the travellers who have booked tours to Thailand with Vietran Tour have decided to choose another destination, either Singapore or Malaysia. “Our company does not ask for compensation, as the cancelling proves to be force majeure,” said Ms Huyen.
A representative from Vietsky Travel said that very few people were booking tours to Thailand these days.
Thailand proves to be an attractive destination for Vietnamese people. “It does not take much money to travel to Thailand, while there are many attractive places to go sightseeing. However, it is worrying to travel there these days,” a woman in Ho Chi Minh City told the press, adding that she and her friends would go to Laos and Cambodia as an alternative.
According to Doan Thanh Tra, a staff from Saigontourist, in the last week, the company organised two tours to Thailand, just a half of the number of tours in the weeks before the New Year 2007. To date, only seven clients have booked tours to Thailand, while another 15 clients have decided to go to Malaysia or Singapore instead of Thailand.
However, Ms Tra said that the situation in Thailand was improving, and her company would resume tours to the country. The Thailand Tourist Department has sent documents to Vietnamese travel firms saying that the security situation in tourism places had returned to normal. Ms Tra said that she hoped the number of travellers would rise again.
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