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Vietnam’s travel sector pins high hopes on recovery as Tet holiday nears

Vietnam’s travel sector pins high hopes on recovery as Tet holiday nears

Wednesday, January 05, 2022, 14:29 GMT+7
Vietnam’s travel sector pins high hopes on recovery as Tet holiday nears
Visitors on a speedboat off Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province, Vietnam. Photo: Chi Cong / Tuoi Tre

The tourism sector in Vietnam is eyeing a recovery during the coming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival as well as in the first quarter of 2022 thanks to the promising signs observed during the recent New Year holiday.

Many travel agents have already begun selling tours for the Lunar New Year festivities, which fall around late January and early February.

A representative from Ho Chi Minh City-based TSTtourist Company stated that the firm plans to introduce approximately 20 tours to various destinations across the country.

Thanks to the promising signs during the New Year holiday last weekend, more tourists are willing to travel to further destinations, the representative added.

Other companies in the southern metropolis have also prepared tours to northern destinations such as Dien Bien, Sa Pa, and Quang Ninh.

There was a rise in travel demand during the New Year holiday thanks to favorable weather, fair tour prices, and attractive discounts, according to Tran Bao Thu, director of marketing and communications at Fiditour Travel JSC.

“Hopefully, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be well controlled during the Lunar New Year, allowing the tourism market to further prosper and helping businesses recover,” Thu elaborated.

Meanwhile, Saigontourist has collaborated with national carrier Vietnam Airlines to carry out several flash sales of hotel room and plane ticket combos.

‘Shocking’ deals

Southern Kien Giang Province welcomed about 37,000 visitors during the New Year holiday, said Bui Quoc Thai, director of the provincial Department of Tourism.

Among them, 26,000 came to Phu Quoc Island, Thai added.

Tran Quoc Vuong, general director of Saigon Phu Quoc Resort & Spa, stated that the resort is offering 'shocking' discounts of up to 50 percent per room to lure even more tourists during the upcoming Tet holiday.

Vo Thi Tuyet Ngoa, an official from the Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, said that the locality had welcomed more than 27,000 visitors between January 1 and 3.

Local tourist sites and attractions are working out new decorations and landscapes to serve travelers during the upcoming Lunar New Year, Ngoa added.

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