VOV.VN - As a result of the negative impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) globally, local travel firms have made it their priority to stimulate the domestic tourism market, with a primary focus on promoting short-duration tours and nearby destinations.
The HCM City Department of Tourism said it has submitted to the State Bank of Vietnam a list of 31 travel and tourism firms that are seeking help to make it through the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
VOV.VN - Several Vietnam’s major tour operators have simultaneously announced a postponement of all tours to China and support for any affected customers amid the ongoing outbreak of acute pneumonia caused by a novel coronavirus (nCoV) in China.
Three leading travel agencies in Vietnam, which own a range of luxury hotels, look set to equitise by the end of next year.
VOV.VN - The Vietnamese embassy in Argentina had a talk with several representatives of Argentine travel firms on August 14 to introduce them about Vietnam, its land, people and tourism potential.
Travel firms have launched a variety of tours as the busy summer travel season begins.
Some companies are developing from tour operators into product providers in order to gain advantage in a technology-controlled era.
Vietnamese tour agencies are reporting losses as they are unable to get visas in time for customers to travel to South Korea.
Leaders of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) say Vietnam could become a transit center that connects people who want to travel to DRPK.
Quang Ninh Province government has finally refrained from a plan to hike fees for visitors to the World Heritage site of Halong Bay given objections by travel firms and tourists.
An Indian tourism promotion themed “Incredible India Roadshow 2018” was held in Ho Chi Minh City on May 8 by India’s Ministry of Tourism and General Consulate in the city, giving a chance for travel firms of the two sides to explore partnership opportunities.
After collecting tens of billions of dong from selling tours at a tourism trade fair held in Hanoi earlier this month, travel firms hope they can earn the same at a similar event to be held in Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnamese travel companies should pay more attention to the Bangladeshi market, while fostering cooperation with Bangladeshi partners to design tours suitable to both Vietnamese and Bangladeshi people, thus increasing the number of visitors to each other’s country, said Vietnamese Ambassador to Bangladesh Tran Van Khoa.
Vietnamese travel firms have launched cost-free tours, copying a promotional model commonly used by airlines, to both domestic and outbound destinations. Offers include taking tourists to the U.S. at half the normal price via ‘budget packages’.
Though they have official practice cards, freelance tour guides will become unemployed if they cannot satisfy new requirements in the 2017 Tourism Law which takes effect on January 1, 2018.
Four- and five-star hotels in Ho Chi Minh City have seen a slight decline in room rates although the rising number of tourists has resulted in an increase in occupancy rates at high-end hotels.
Travel firms expect strong growth in tours for the summer holiday this year.
Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong has called for travel companies’ cooperation to attract 7 million foreign tourists to the city in 2017.
‘Kong: Skull Island’, a reboot of the King Kong franchise, hit theatres worldwide on March 10 with the major part of its being shot last year in the Vietnamese provinces of Quang Binh, Ninh Binh and Quang Ninh.
The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) has asked Vietnamese travel firms to design tours to lure local tourists to the Republic of Korea, having successfully organized such an activity last year.