Tourist firms are expected to have a profitable Tet as the number of travellers booking tours has greatly increased.
Saigontourist has made a record 70,000 bookings for foreign travellers in January, an almost four-fold increase year-on-year. The figure includes 12,000 people travelling during Tet, a third of them being Viet Kieu, or overseas Vietnamese, returning to their homeland for the festival.
Vietravel has sold tours to 30,000 domestic travellers to destinations like Ha Noi, Sa Pa, and Ha Long in the north, Hue, Hoi An, Da Nang, Nha Trang, and Phan Thiet in the central region, and Phu Quoc and Con Dao in the south.
As for outbound tours, most travellers have opted for Asian destinations such as Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and South Korea. The number of visitors to South Korea has increased two fold over 2010.
Many have decided to leave on the second day of the Lunar Year, January 24 this year, which is considered an auspicious day. An expected 700-1,000 tourists will depart from Ha Noi, and 1,400 travellers from HCM City on that day.