While demand for budget tours has declined, long-haul and upper end
tours are selling well, despite prices nearly four times the normal.
The Vietours travel agency arranged a four-day Singapore tour for a
group of some 300 people last week. These customers were ready to pay
1,600-1,800 USD each, three times the price of normal tours.
The tour operator said it sent 320 tourists to Japan last week and will take another 400 next month.
Ben Thanh Tourist, another travel agency, also reported stronger demand
for high-end tours. It successfully organised a nine-day tour of
Britain and Scotland priced at 95 million VND (4,500 USD) per
person two weeks ago, and is now planning to promote the tour further.
The Saigontourist Travel Service Co said it received requests for tours
of Peru , which is an unfamiliar destination that can only be
arranged at expensive rates. For this long weekend that combines
Liberation Day (April 30) and May Day (May 1), more customers are
looking for tours to Europe, the US and Australia, but these voere sold
out, the company said.-VNA