Motorcades bring Thai tourists to Hue
18:13' 21/04/2006 (GMT+7)
Thai tourists to Hue, motorcade tourism and economical tour prices have helped Vietnam's former Royal City welcome a boom in Thai tourist arrivals this month, reported the Thua Thien-Hue Tourism Department.
Nguyen Hang Quy, director of Huong Giang Travel Centre, said that the centre welcomes as many as 300 Thai tourist arrivals each day.
The Hue Heritage hotel also reported that Thai visitors have accounted for 70% of the hotel's occupation rate. The Huong Giang hotel reported roughly 40% of Thai tourists to its facility.
Quy said that the number of Thai visitors has increased since the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and their Lao counterpart inked 2005's cooperation agreement on motorcade tourism via the Lao Bao border gate in central Quang Tri Province.
He added that Thai visitors have chosen the central region as tour prices are inexpensive, as little as US$40 to $45 per person per day.
Anuchai Kanin, a Thai visitor said he chose the central region, particularly Hue City for vacation as the tour price was cheap and the quality of service was quite good.
"Tradition craft villages and the diverse cultures of different ethnic minority groups make Vietnam's central region an interesting place to visit, like Hoi An ancient town and the Cham people's My Son tower complex," said Kanin.
Thua Thien-Hue's Tourism Department forecasts that the number of visitors from Thailand should rise even further after the building of the Mittaphap and Mukdahan bridges linking Laos and Thailand was completed next year.
Quy added that with the number of Thai tourists on the rise, it is important to consider investing in tourism promotions in Thailand to maximise the tourism available.
(Source: Viet Nam News)