Khanh Hoa Province in south-central Vietnam will welcome a familiarization trip group from Australia, as well as 200 sales agents from Kazakhstan and other former Soviet Union states, this month, a promising sign for local tourism.
A representative of travel firm HTS International said that the firm has plans to cooperate with Bamboo Airways to organize a familiarization trip for 15 travel firms from Australia to explore the province’s tourist attractions.
The participating firms, all from Sydney and Melbourne, will spend four days, from Saturday to Tuesday next week, experiencing Khanh Hoa Province’s tourism services and products.
During their trip, they will stay at luxury resorts along Bai Dai Beach in Cam Lam District and visit Kong Forest Park. They will also meet with Khanh Hoa-based travel companies next Monday to sound out cooperation opportunities.
Nguyen Duc Tan, general director of Anex Vietnam Travel and Trading Company, said that the firm would kick off a program called ‘Anex Central Asia - Tropical Sense Workshop in Vietnam 2023’ to spur tourism promotion and lure travelers from Kazakhstan and other former Soviet Union states.
The company will invite 200 tourism sales agents from these nations to the province from September 9 to 17.
The group will also conduct on-site surveys at local travel businesses and visit well-known tourist attractions in Nha Trang City. Included on the agenda for the visit is a tourism promotion program with the participation of local hotels to bring visitors from former Soviet Union states to the province this winter.
|Kazakh tourists buy souvenirs at Ponagar Tower in Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Minh Chien / Tuoi Tre|
Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are among Khanh Hoa’s key tourist source markets, Tan said.
The province’s Cam Ranh International Airport receives four flights from Kazakhstan and two from Uzbekistan each week, he added.
“The trip and program are expected to provide these international tourism sales agents with an understanding of Khanh Hoa Province’s tourism products and strengths,” said Bui Quoc Dai, deputy CEO at Anex Vietnam Travel and Trading Company.
The entire event is considered the herald of Khanh Hoa Province’s impending tourism growth during the upcoming winter holiday, he added.
Christina Nguyen, director of Zazen Travel Company, said that, from now until the end of 2023, Vietnam is entering its off-peak travel season for domestic tourism but will enjoy a boom from inbound tourism as holidaymakers from North Asia and Europe are planning their winter vacations.
“I realize Khanh Hoa Province has significant tourism potential, with tours to mango gardens and countryside areas that are favored by international visitors,” she said.
However, these destinations have yet to become popular among foreign tourists, she said, adding familiarization trips will help boost tourism connections between the province in particular, and Vietnam in general, with other countries
Earlier in August, familiarization trip groups from Indonesia and India visited Khanh Hoa Province.
|Foreigners experience a mango tour in Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre|