S Korea targets VN visitors
The South Korean tourism sector will prioritise Vietnamese tourists and agents in its marketing activities, said Park Iearak, chief representative of the Korean Tourism Organisation, at a recent workshop to promote Korean tourism.
Hundreds of Vietnamese tour companies attended the workshop and held talks with representatives of Korean agents to seek co-operation opportunities.
Under the prioritisation plan, tourists from Viet Nam will receive preferential prices for flights, accommodations, services and tours in South Korea.
Participants also heard about International Exposition Yeosu (Yeosu Expo 2012) which will be held from May 12-August 12 with the theme The Living Ocean and Coast.
British cruise ship to visit
Saigontourist Travel Service Co will welcome some 500 passengers and crew members who arrive aboard British cruise ship Spirit of Adventure at HCM City's Sai Gon Port this morning as part of a three-day tour of the city and Nha Trang.
After a tour of HCM City, the visitors, mainly British, will be taken to the Cu Chi Tunnels and My Tho City in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang.
At 10am on Saturday the vessel will leave for Nha Trang where passengers will visit the Tri Nguyen Aquarium, Ponagar Cham Tower, and Long Son Pagoda.
Spirit of Adventure docked in Da Nang on February 27 when its 350 passengers were taken to the Cham Museum and Marble Mountain in the central city and to Hoi An.
Tourism authority to open in Tokyo
The Viet Nam National Administration for Tourism has unveiled plans to open a representative office in Tokyo later this year as part of efforts to attract more Japanese tourists to Viet Nam and promote co-operation between the two countries.
Hoang Thi Diep, deputy chief of the VNAT, said the Tokyo office, the administration's first abroad, is expected to double the number of Japanese arrivals to 1 million in 2015.
An MoU for opening it will be signed at the Festival Hue next month, she said, adding that Japanese and Vietnamese travel firms are looking forward to it.
Vietravel offers Mauritius package
The HCM City-based Vietravel has launched a new package tour to Mauritius in the south-west Indian Ocean, one of Africa's most popular tourism destinations with its pristine beaches and luxury resorts.
Tourists can visit Mauritus National Park and Chamarel Park, a place called "coloured land" because of its beautiful and colourful soil.
Port Louis, the Mauritian capital, is another highlight of the tour with its popular sites like the Municipal Theatre and the Mauritus Natural History Museum.
The seven-day tour of Singapore and Mauritus, to depart on April 29, costs VND66 million (US$3,150).
Last-minute tour deals on offer
Viet Media Travel Corp is working with local tour operators to offer cheap last-minute tours for budget-conscious travellers. The company has asked local travel agencies whose tours have not been fully booked yet to contact its website www.tourgiochot.com to find more customers.
On its website, Viet Media Travel provides information about tours that are not fully booked and are available at a discount of 30-50 per cent.
For example, the company is selling a tour of Phu Quoc Island departing on April 3, but six seats remain unbooked with two days to go for the close. Customers can buy it for VND4.7 million compared to the original price of VND5.6 million. VietNamNet/Viet Nam News