Ho Chi Minh City optimistic about tourism recovery
Update: Jan 05, 2022
Following the successful launch of New Year tours, tourism agencies in Ho Chi Minh City are upbeat about local tourism recovery in the first quarter of 2022, especially in the period leading up to the coming lunar New Year holiday (Tet).  

Phu Quoc island welcomes over 26,000 holidaymakers during the three-day New Year holiday (Photo: Chi Cong/Tuoi Tre)

Positive signs for HCM City tourism

The number of travelers interested in inter-province tours has increased sharply over recent days, said a representative of TSTtourist Company as quoted by Tuoi Tre newspaper.

From now until the end of the week, a total of 20 Lunar New Year tours are set to be launched by the company, revealed the representative.

Similarly, other travel firms such as Saigontourist, Vietravel, and Fiditour have also received bookings from domestic visitors who are keen to depart from HCM City to other northern provinces such as Dien Bien, Sa Pa, and Quang Ninh.

Tran Thi Bao Thu, director of marketing and communications at Fiditour Travel Joint Stock Company, shared that tourism demand during the New Year holiday picked up thanks to good weather coupled with attractive tour prices. The company has worked alongside its partners to attract visitors with discounted packages and promotions.

“"I hope the COVID-19 pandemic will be well controlled during the coming Lunar New Year so that travel companies can implement their business recovery plans and improve their products and services," Thu said.

Meanwhile, Saigontourist has also coordinated with Vietnam Airlines to launch a Flash Sale programme that offers customers three-day combo packages worth from only VND2.68 million. Visitors will therefore have the chance to stay in four-or-five star-hotels and resorts in HCM City and other attractive destinations.

Localities to seize the chance

In order to welcome visitors during the Tet holiday, Ong De Ecological Tourism Village in Can Tho City has invested in a film studio. The site is notable for featuring three themes, including Spring 2022, Weddings, and Da Lat for guests to check in. In addition, 3,000 baskets of raspberry flowers and Da Lat chrysanthemums are also being put on display in the village to create a spring atmosphere in which visitors can enjoy.

Elsewhere, Dong Thap and Kien Giang provinces are also well-prepared to welcome a huge number visitors during the country’s most important festival of the year.

Bui Quoc Thai, director of the Kien Giang Department of Tourism, said that the province received roughly 37,000 visitors during the three-day New Year holiday, with Phu Quoc island welcoming over 26,000 holidaymakers.