Russian visitors rush to Viet Nam

Now, Russia is becoming one of the countries sending a great number of visitors to Viet Nam. 80% of the Russian visitors choose Nha Trang, Phan Thiet, Phu Quoc… for their holiday. According to General Department of Tourism, there were more than 23,000 Russian visitors to Viet Nam last year. That is a 94 % year on year increase.

Rich visitors

Russian visitors in Ho Chi Minh City, photo: X.C

In the middle of January, 2006, Saigontourist received three groups of Russian visitors, with more than 450 people.

Ben Thanh Tourist also greeted 210 Russian visitors; 130 of them rent two helicopters to go sightseeing in Ha Long bay. Ms Le Hoang Yen, manager of CITE (Ben Thanh Tourist) says: “We are very surprised at this request. Few travelers have ever asked for helicopter due to its high cost”.

Mr. Andrey Matveev, general director of Top Tour, one of the top ten Russian tourist companies, said that because of high economic growth recently in their country, Russians can afford overseas traveling.

Russian visitors usually go straight to the resorts and spend the money willingly. They all demand the most special and high quality services.

An Agreement of Cooperation to Develop Tourism

Ben Thanh Tourist signed a contract with Top Tour, photo : SGGP

Top Tour Company has become an official representative of Ben Thanh Tourist Company in Russia, after an agreement of cooperation on January 17, 2006.

With the cooperation, the two sides expected to have a market survey, aiming at bringing Russian visitors to Viet Nam, and helping Vietnamese business to come to Russia to look for opportunities and cooperation.

Besides, Ben Thanh Tourist also works with Top Tour to organize a promotion campaign in Russia to capture this potential market. Specially, Top Tour will publish more than 20,000 guide books to promote Viet Nam Tourism.

The aim of Ben Thanh Tourist Company is to bring about 2,000 Russian visitors to Viet Nam in 2006.

Sources SGGP, Tuoi Tre - Compiled by Kim Khanh

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