Viet Nam News by San Hà Given the boom in the number of Chinese tourists in HCM City, authorities have been urged to take preventive measures against the so-called “zero-đồng” tours that cater to these tourists and adversely affect tourism revenue. Since last year, the number of tourists from China has surpassed those from Japan and the US, according to the city’s Tourism Department. Around 600,000 Chinese tourists visited last year, 200,000 more compared to the previous year. In the first five months of the year, the city welcomed 3.2 million foreign arrivals compared to 2.5 million in the same period last year. Of the total, the number of Chinese tourists was 266,200, up 22.5 per cent year-on-year, said Nguyễn Việt Anh, head of the Department’s Travel Management Division. Northeast Asia, including mainland China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, is expected to be the priority market for the city’s tourism sector in … [Read more...] about Tourism sector aims to stop Chinese zero-đồng tours
In football crazy Vietnam, growing affluence is propelling a prodigious number of people looking to vacation in Russia during the World Cup season. They are willing to brave the higher tour prices and stiff ticket prices for World Cup matches, especially the quarters, semis and final, footing bills that could run into five figures in U.S. dollars. Some travel agents have reported a hike of 20-25 percent in the number of local customers booking tours to Russia during the World Cup season slated for June 14-July 15. Leading tourism company Vietravel said more than 500 local customers have booked tour packages for watching World Cup games in Russia this year. This is a 300 percent boost over the same period last year. Meanwhile, tour operators like Fiditour and Hanoitourist have reported that the number of customers booking tours to Russia during the World Cup is 20-25 percent higher than last year. Fiditour has in fact stopped accepting more bookings for this tour package since late … [Read more...] about Legions of Vietnamese fans foot big bills for World Cup vacation in Russia
Visitors at Sao beach in Phu Quoc Island (Photo: VNA) HCM City (VNA) - Travel firms in Ho Chi Minh City are offering a wide range of outbound and domestic tours including to many new destinations with attractive promotions during the upcoming summer holiday. Vietravel is focusing on tours to beaches and islands in the country and abroad, which are expected to be very popular this summer. The firm expects to serve 300,000 customers, a year-on-year increase of 15 percent, Vietravel Deputy General Director Tran Doan The Duy said. Around 30,000 free & easy tours would be sold to meet the rising demand during the summer holidays, he said. Tours to stunning beaches in the central cities of Nha Trang and Da Nang and provinces of Binh Dinh and Phu Yen and island tours to Phu Quoc and Con Dao are expected to be very popular. Despite the rise in oil prices and air fares, tour prices are steady since the firm made plans at the end of last year to ensure good prices for … [Read more...] about Beach tours popular this summer: travel firms
Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Khánh Chi A recent lunch date with my old friends from university turned into a stirring round-table discussion when one friend proposed that we all make a plan to travel together. As we envisioned a change of pace, time together and the chance to explore, everyone seemed excited—but one woman looked a bit concerned. “Does that mean we leave our kids and husband at home?” she asked in a low voice. “Yes!” “Yep!” “Why not?” the others jumped in. Vietnamese traditional family values dating back to the feudal period stipulate that housework is women’s responsibility. This view is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it leads to celebrations of Vietnamese women’s dedication and hard work for their families. On the other, it punishes Vietnamese women who dare to assert some purpose or passion in life outside of their home. The persistence of this view makes it hard for many women to … [Read more...] about Women take a break from family for travel: Why not?
By Vy An  April 5, 2018 | 10:27 am GMT+7 An airplane of Vietjet Air is seen before a flight at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo by Reuters/Kham Agencies were only informed of the new prices 11 days before they took effect. The cost of traveling by air on several Vietnamese carriers rose at the start of this month, leaving tour agencies in a quandary. The cost of children's tickets on national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has gone up 20 percent, and budget operator Vietjet Air has announced it has raised fees for changing names, dates and seats on flight tickets. The changes have left tour agencies scrambling to make ends meet, considering how flight tickets account for 50 to 60 percent of tour prices. Le Cong Nang, head of communications for Vietrantour, said his firm is still trying to adjust prices after only receiving word of the new fares on March 20, just 11 days before the actual changes took effect. “For tours that were … [Read more...] about Aviation fare hikes in Vietnam leave tour agencies scrambling to adapt