National Day tours still up for grabs

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National Day tours still up for grabs

HCMC - Many domestic and outbound tours on the occasion of National Day holiday, September 2, are still available as more tour programs have been put on this year while demand is in decline.

National Day tours still up for grabs

By Dao Loan - The Saigon Times Daily

Local tourists visit the central coast province of Phu Yen. Many domestic and outbound tours on the occasion of National Day holiday are still available - Photo: Dao Loan HCMC - Many domestic and outbound tours on the occasion of National Day holiday, September 2, are still available as more tour programs have been put on this year while demand is in decline.

Local travel firms started selling tours two months earlier, so anyone making bookings these days might find it hard to stay at a hotel or resort as wished.

Saigontourist Holding Company still has many holiday tours on offer but those of the central coast city of Nha Trang, and Con Dao and Phu Quoc islands have been closed.

The company had taken bookings for around 15,000 guests so far. However, tour bookings remain open as the firm has some on standby, said Doan Thi Thanh Tra, marketing manager of Saigontourist.

Lien Bang Travel Trading Company Limited also has many holiday tours available, except for outbound ones to Cambodia and Hong Kong.

There is strong demand for domestic tours, especially those to central Vietnam lasting four or five days at Lien Bang Travelink. Meanwhile, 6- or 7-day outbound trips costing over VND10 million only attract a small number of customers.

“Tour prices are almost unchanged but the current tough economic conditions might have led guests to shelve their travel plans. We saw 98% of our National Day tours sold out last year but the ratio this year is 50-60%,” said Tu Quy Thanh, director of Lien Bang Travelink.

Viettravel said it had not raised travel prices and still had many short-haul tours available, including overland visits to tourist attractions in central and southern Vietnam.

Meanwhile, SPSC Tour has closed domestic tours but its outbound tours to regional countries that do not require entry visa stay open.

Cao Pham Hang, director if SPSC Tour, said her company had no policy of selling many domestic tours for fear that service costs during the holiday will soar and moreover travel demand this year was weaker than in the previous year.

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