A Bamboo Airways flight on Sunday afternoon carried 153 tourists from Macau, China to Cam Ranh International Airport in the south-central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa.
This is the first flight to take travelers from China to Khanh Hoa after the country resumed outbound group tours to Vietnam on March 15, according to the Khanh Hoa Department of Tourism.
During their stay from Sunday to Friday, the visitors are scheduled to visit the VinWonders theme park, go on a city tour and an island tour, experience Samadhi spa services, and explore the Nha Trang night market.
“The local tourism sector is prepared to welcome back Chinese tourists. Enterprises in Khanh Hoa have prepared products and services to serve Chinese travelers,” said director of the provincial Department of Tourism Nguyen Thi Le Thanh.
Nguyen Van Duong, director of Asia Tourist Trading and Travel Co. Ltd., headquartered in the provincial capital of Nha Trang, said before welcoming the tourist group from Macau, the company had worked with its Chinese partner and prepared products and facilities as required by the partner.
During the tourists’ stay in Khanh Hoa, the company is committed to providing the most interesting possible experiences. The firm has developed new tourism products and got rid of uninteresting ones.
A Bamboo Airways representative said China is an important source market, accounting for up to 70 percent of Khanh Hoa’s international visitors.
Therefore, the airline and Asia Tourist will coordinate closely with local service providers to carry more Chinese tourist groups to Nha Trang.
Statistics from the Department of Tourism indicated that Khanh Hoa welcomed over 2.5 million Chinese tourists, making up more than 70 percent of the province’s total international tourist arrivals in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit Vietnam.
After a hiatus due to the coronavirus crisis, the province received some charter flights from China with a few visitors on board in early 2023.
The Khanh Hoa administration expects to receive around four million tourists in 2023, including approximately 2.5 million domestic visitors and 1.5 million overseas visitors, with an estimated revenue of VND21 trillion (US$890 million).