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Vietnamese airlines co-operating with travel companies to open tours

07/08/2006 (GMT+7)

Pacific Airlines will co-operate with the Vietnam Tourism Company to open a tour to discover the beach city of Da Nang and the ancient town of Hoi An. The Vietnam Airlines will also co-operate with travel companies to open tours to Australia and France. The co-operation between the two airlines of Vietnam and travel companies promises reasonable tour costs for Vietnamese people.

A four-day tour to the Yen Tu Mountain, Tuan Chau Island and Ha Long Bay by air organised by the Pacific Airlines and TransVietnam for southern tourists costs VND 4.1 million, VND 500,000 lower than other same tours.

Their five-day tour to discover the southern land for northern tourists costs VND 5.9 million, 10% lower than the other same tours.

A package three-day tour from Hanoi to Da Nang costs VND 2.2 million. Joining the tour, tourists enjoy a return air ticket (excluding airport’s fees), hotel’s accommodations, meals, transport, tickets into places of interest and tourism insurance. A return tickets from Hanoi to Da Nang costs VND 1.5 million.

The Vietnam Airlines, the national flag carrier, will also co-operate with four big travel companies: the Vietnam Tourism Company, Hanoi Tourist, Vietravel and Redtours to open domestic and international tours.

A five-day tour from Ho Chi Minh City to Vinh and Da Nang costs VND 3.95 million. The Hanoi-Da Nang tour and Hanoi – Hue tour cost VND 2.7 million. The tour to Australia costs US $1,800, US $100 lower than the other same tours.

The Vietnam Airlines can reduce air fares considerably if travel companies attract a large number of tourists, said Trinh Hong Quang, head of the Vietnam Airlines’ passenger marketing department.

While foreign airlines are also boosting their co-operation with Vietnamese travel agents to organise tours. The TransViet will co-ordinate with Air France to open tours to Bangkok with Singapore Airlines and open tours to Russia.

From the coming October, Malaysia Air Asia will open Hanoi-Kuala Lumpur air-route and Jetstar Airlines will open an air route between Australia and Ho Chi Minh City.

Together with air routes between Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore, Hanoi and Singapore, and Hanoi and Bangkok by Tiger Airways and Thai Air Asia, Vietnamese people have more options when they want to travel abroad.

Tourists account for more than 60% of our passengers, said Ta Viet Tien, director of Hanoi-affiliated Tiger Airways.

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