Travel demand strong despite higher services prices
As one of the busiest cities during the holidays thanks to an international fireworks competition, Danang attracted some 30,000 spectators on the first day of the contest, April 29.
“Over 15,000 hotel rooms were occupied on April 29. This year, the number of independent travelers is higher than those going on package tours organized by travel agencies,” said Tran Chi Cuong, head of the Travel Division under Danang’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The huge number of tourists flocking to the city on this occasion caused overload at sites of interest. For example, visitors to Ba Na Hills resort on top of Ba Na Mountain spent hours waiting for their turns to take cable cars to the peak of the mountain.
According to the tourism department of Binh Thuan, resorts in Ham Tien, Ham Thuan Nam and Tien Thanh were full during the holidays. Domestic and international visitor arrivals in Binh Thuan rose by 10% year-on-year.
The tourism authority has not collected statistics on prices of food and entertainment services. Hotel and resort services, however, charged prices 10% higher than on normal days.
Halong City was also crowded on the holidays. More than 37,000 local and foreign visitors came to visit the bay on April 28 and 29, show initial statistics from Quang Ninh’s tourism authority.
To celebrate Halong Bay as one of the New Seven Wonders of the world, Quang Ninh Province offers tourists free entrance to Halong Bay from April 28 to May 1 and the weekend right after the holidays. Still, several tour operators said food and other services marked up sharply.
Meanwhile, visitors to the southern city of Vung Tau complained that hotel rooms and other tourism services surged drastically. Even low-grade hotels quoted prices two or three times higher than normal levels.
Two days before the holidays, some two-star hotels in Vung Tau announced their rooms would be priced at VND1 million each per night, or twice as much as on normal days.