Airlines, travel firms seeking to attract domestic tourists amid coronavirus

Airlines and travel companies in Vietnam have offered attractive promotions to attract domestic tourists amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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Dang Anh Dung from Ha Dong District said that it cost him just a total of around VND4 million (USD173.91) million for four return air tickets to Tuy Hoa City in Phu Yen Province from February 27 to March 2, including fees and surcharges. 

“I have never bought such cheap return tickets before, even at low season," Dung said. 

The prices for tickets from Hanoi to Quy Nhon, Danang and HCM City have also been sharply cut. 

Single tickets on Hanoi-Phu Quoc route are now merely between VND300,000-600,000, excluding surcharges and fees, depending on different airlines. 

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines have announced to sell Hanoi-HCM City one-way tickets at just from VND589,000, excluding fees, for flights from February 2 to March 31. 

Vietnamese airlines have temporarily suspended their flights to China due to coronavirus, meaning that around 400 flights halted per week. Many of the carriers' airplanes have been left idle. 

Nguyen Thu Thao who often travels on HCM City-Hanoi route said that the number of passengers on the route had drastically dropped since the coronavirus outbreak. For instance, a flight which departed from HCM City at 11 pm last week had just 10 passengers. 

During the time of suspending flights to China, Vietnam Airlines has leased some Airbus A321 and used very modern aircraft such as Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 787-9/10s for the Hanoi-HCM City route. 

Prices of many tours have fallen to record lows. For instance, a Hanoi-Quy Nhon tour for three days and two nights at the end of February is being sold at VND1.49 million for a person. The price for a Hanoi-Can Tho tour is VND1.9 million. 

Travel companies and airlines have planned to boost domestic tours in the context of being affected by coronavirus. 

Tourism promotions for Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Dak Lak and Gia Lai provinces will be held on February 21. 

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien has urged the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) to complete a set of safety criteria for tourism services.

The VNAT is building mobile applications on smart tourism, including maps about safe destinations for visitors.

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