Chinese tour firms spur price war
Many Chinese travel agencies bringing tourists to Viet Nam via the Huu Nghi Border Gate in Lang Son Province are forcing local partners to lower tour prices.
The price of a four-day trip to Viet Nam has been forced down from 500 yuan to 300 yuan (VND1 million), forcing a drop in the quality of services. Local tour operators are complaining about this, saying it affects the image of Viet Nam as a tourism destination.
From the Huu Nghi Border Gate, Chinese tourists are usually taken to Ha Noi, Hai Phong, and Quang Ninh. These tours have recently been expanded to take in the central region.
China is the biggest source of tourist arrivals for Viet Nam with more than 1.4 million coming last year. Chinese tourists can enter Viet Nam using passports or laissez-passers via the inland border gates in Lang Son and Lao Cai or by sea.-VNS