Domestic travelers more drawn to foreign tours

Vietnamese travelers have turned their backs on domestic tours after a rise in domestic airfares by about VND1 million on several routes, with more now opting for foreign tours.

Vietnamese tourists visit Safari World in Thailand. (Photo: SGGP)

Domestic travelers preferring foreign destinations have increased of late by 20-30 percent.

According to travel companies, foreign tours set to depart during the Tet lunar month, i.e. January 23, 24, 25 and 26 have almost sold out.

Earlier the Government had formally announced that the Tet holidays would last from January 21 to 29, with government officials and civil servants availing nine consecutive days off. This prompted people to rush to book tickets.

Nguyen Thi Tuyet Mai, Public Relations & Communications Director of Fiditour Company said that the above announcement helped travel businesses to book air tickets, accommodation and other services for clients. Tours to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and China are full up already.

Viet Tourist Company will escort more than 3,000 visitors to foreign countries on Tet, up 30 percent over the same period last year. Tours to Thailand have attracted the largest number of travelers amongst ASEAN and Asian countries, added Tran Van Long, director of the company.

Vietnamese travelers have turned their backs on domestic tours after rise in domestic airfares by about VND1 million, on many routes. (Photo: SGGP)

Price of domestic tours increased 20-30 percent in 2011 and is estimated to continue to rise in 2012.

Fortunately travel tours on many local destinations were booked much in advance, some several months ago; therefore prices have not increased much, only 15-20 percent.

Tours to the northern and central regions, Con Dao and Phu Quoc islands have been fully booked, said Hoang Minh Tien, deputy director of Hanoi tourist-Ho Chi Minh City branch. Domestic tours departing after December 31 will pay an additional VND 1 million per person.

According to travel companies, tourists from the southern regions tend to choose tours to the central region because of reasonable rates during Tet. A four-day tour, Da Nang-Hoi An-Hue-Quang Binh costs VND6.5-7 million per person. A 6-day tour to the North costs VND11-12 million per person.

By My Hanh – Translated by Kim Khanh

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