The HCMC Department of Tourism coordinated with some relevant agencies to receive 280 Russian visitors from a charter flight of Pegas Touristik Company at Tan Son Nhat International Airport on December 30.
|Russian visitors at Tan Son Nhat International Airport on December 30 (Photo: SGGP)|
That was the first charter flight taking Russian tourists to HCMC after two years of temporary halt since October 28, 2014, said deputy director of the department La Quoc Khanh.
The halt had been due to economic difficulties in Russia including Ruble depreciation and oil price plunge, said Ms. Hoang Thi Phong Thu, chairwoman of Anh Duong Tourist Company who is representative of Turkish Pegas Touristik in Vietnam.
The Russian economy has gradually recovered so the charter flight service has been resumed. Since early 2016, the company alone has received 139,000 Russians to Vietnam.
After arriving in HCMC, most of the 280 visitors will move to Phan Thiet city and some will drop by Ba Ria-Vung Tau province and Phu Quoc Island. At the end of the tour, they will stay in HCMC in two days.
It is expected that from April next year, there will have a charter flight from Russia to HCMC every ten days. In addition, over 20 Russian travel agents will arrive in Vietnam to do surveys on tourist destinations on January 1.
The number of Russian visitors to Vietnam in 2017 is forecast to increase 20 percent against this year.