Tet holiday tours surge

(VOV) -Travel firms have all reported a sharp increase in the number of Vietnamese tourists booking domestic and outbound tours during the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.

Vietravel, a leading tour operator, served more than 5,000 holidaymakers in Ho Chi Minh City on February 1-2 - the first two days of Tet, a year-on-year increase of 30%.

The most popular domestic tours centered on Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, and Bai Dinh Pagoda in the north; Danang, Hue, Hoi An, and Phong Nha-Ke Bang Cave in the central region; and Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, and Phu Quoc Island in the south.

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Prices for four-day tours averaged an estimated VND4–10.6 million.

The number of Vietnamese travellers to Southeast Asia and Japan, the Republic of Korea (RoK), Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong also increased significantly over last year’s figures.

Saigontourist, the country’s largest tour service provider, says its six-day tours of Japan and the RoK were particularly big hits enticingly priced at VND35 million and VND25 million  respectively.

Tours to the US (VND74 million, 8 days), Europe, (VND60 million, 8 days), and India-Nepal (VND43 million, 9 days) were also among Vietnamese customer favourites.