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HÀ NỘI — The upcoming Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Tết) will be a profitable time for domestic travel companies and tour operators.
Many of them have already sold out more than half of their tours planned for Tết and foresee a growth of 12-30 per cent in business compared to last Tết.
Besides short-haul tours to some Asian countries such as Malaysia, Hong Kong and China, outbound tours to long-haul destinations, such as South Korea, Japan, Australia, the US and Dubai, are now favoured by many Vietnamese holidaygoers.
Đầutư (Investment) newspaper quoted Nguyễn Tiến Đạt, deputy director of TransViet, as saying that his company had sold out over 90 per cent of tours for Tết holidays, with buyers of long-haul outbound tours making up 20-30 per cent of the total.
Tạ Thị Cấm Vinh, who is in charge of outbound tours at BếnThành Tourist, said her company’s tours to South Korea, Dubai and Australia were fully booked.
The number of customers booking overseas tours this Tết season has increased by 20-25 per cent. The cost of these tours has also gone up by 20 per cent due to higher air fares, Vinh told the Thời báo kinh tế Sài Gòn (Sài Gòn Economics Times) newspaper.
“With sufficient airfares, we could sell more tours, thanks to local people’s demand for travelling, which is considered the highest in the past few years,” she said.
Fiditour has also expressed optimism about the market, hoping the number of tour buyers will rise by 30-40 per cent over last Tết.
Trần Thị Bảo Thu, director of marketing and communications at Fiditour, said tours to Australia, Europe and Dubai had been fully booked since the end of December 2017. The company had to add more seats in the tours to South Korea and Taiwan due to high demand.
Vietravel representatives told the Đầu tư newspaper that the company expected to serve 38,000 tourists travelling overseas during the upcoming holiday season, up 20-25 per cent over last Tết.
The company had earlier introduced some tours taking tourists to India on chartered flights with a 30 per cent discount. This was to meet the Vietnamese people’s demand for spiritual tourism in the upcoming holidays.
Besides outbound tours, Vietravel has also launched Free&Easy tours, which comprise airfares and hotel rooms, for families to eight domestic destinations, including Huế, Đà Nẵng, Nha Trang and Phú Quốc.
It has also added spiritual visits to some temples in the north, such as Bái Đính-Tràng An, Tây Thiên and Bút Tháp, to its tours for Tết.
Say “no” to low-quality tours
Despite the peak demand for travelling during Tết, representatives of many tour providers said they would not compete by slashing prices while vowing to ensure quality of their tours.
Nguyễn Hồng Đài, director of APT Travel, which reported all its tours to over 65 domestic and overseas destinations as booked, said his company had to sign contracts with partners three months ahead of Tết. The aim was to offer customers affordable tours as well as ensure tour quality during the peak period.
According to Vietravel reprentatives, the prices of tours for Tết are higher than in the normal period due to huge demand. However, if customers applied the promotions of tour providers, they could afford budget tours. — VNS