Opening ceremony of last year event (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Myriads of substantial discounts on tour packages as well as air tickets are available for those with wanderlust during the 2017 Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Festival, which is scheduled for March 23-26 at Le Van Tam park, District 1.

The organising board said on March 20 that 82 travel agents and companies from 39 cities and provinces will join the festival, themed “Welcome Summer 2017”.

Tours and air fares with discounts from 10 percent to 70 percent will be offered by the businesses.

A representative from the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines said that the airline launches numerous special promotion programmes on the occasion, which include cheap tickets for domestic routes from 299,000 VND (13.12 USD) and international routes from 799,000 VND (35.06 USD).

Meanwhile, Ben Thanh Tourist launched “buy one tour, get one free” programme and a line-up of lucky draws.

According to La Quoc Khanh, Vice Director of the municipal Department of Tourism, the tourism festival will be a prestigious shopping channel, making contributions to stimulating the tourism market and creating opportunities for businesses to introduce their top-quality products and services to consumers.

In addition to booths arranged for travel agents, international tourism organisations and airlines, there are areas for tourism start-up enterprises where policies to support start-up businesses and the annual Startup Wheel 2017 contest will be introduced.

Highlights of the festival will be “Colors of the Northwest” programme in the opening ceremony and a ceremony to honour top 100 tourism brands in the city.

A beautiful country of Vietnam and an amazing Ho Chi Minh City will be depicted through an art performance entiled “Vietnam-a wonderful journey”.

A tourism photo contest is also included in the festival.-VNA