Bookings for holiday tours rise, prices steady hinh anh 1Customers learn about tour offers and prices at the HCM City Tourism Fair 2017 (Photo: VNA)
HCM City (VNA) - The number of bookings for tours during the upcoming holidays celebrating Liberation Day and May Day, from April 29 to May 2, has risen by 15-25 percent compared to the same period last year, according to tour operators.

The number of bookings at Fiditour increased by 25 percent over the same period last year, said Tran Thi Bao Thu, the company’s communications and marketing director.

Bookings for tours to foreign countries have filled up, while domestic tours are expected to close four to five days prior to departure, she said, adding that 90 percent of tours were booked in advance.

Package tours to Japan, the Republic of Korea and Taiwan have sold well due to good prices and easy visa applications via travel agents.

A four-day tour to Taiwan and the Republic of Korea costs around 10 million VND and 13.99 million VND, respectively, cheaper than some domestic tours.

Vietravel expects to serve 20,000 holiday-makers, a year-on-year increase of 15 percent, said Tran Thi Viet Huong, the company’s communication and marketing director.

Tours to foreign countries are almost fully booked, while 70 percent of domestic tours have sold out, Huong said.

The long holiday and reasonable prices have increased travel demand, said Pham Thi Bich Ngoc, deputy director of Vietrantour.

Vietrantour has been working with airlines, transport service firms, hotels and restaurants to get prices that are 30 percent cheaper than market prices for tours, she said.

Four-day tours from Hanoi to Da Nang/Hoi An, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc and Da Lat are priced from 4.7-5.9 million VND (208-260 USD).

A package tour to Israel costs 55.9 million VND (2,470 USD), which is as much as the return fare of a Hanoi-Israel air ticket.

Tour packages from Hanoi to the Maldives have also been popular due to reasonable prices and attractive destinations.

Tran Tuan Anh, deputy director of Vietravel Hanoi, said the number of bookings for the upcoming holidays was expected to rise by 18-20 percent compared to the same period last year.

Tour prices have remained unchanged or are even cheaper than usual, Anh said.

Tours to foreign countries have outstripped domestic tours due to competitive prices, good service and the attraction of new experiences.

Airfares as well as prices for accommodation and hospitality services at domestic tourist destinations are more expensive than usual, said Tran The Dung, deputy director of Young Generation Travel Company.

“Domestic tours have sunk, while foreign tours have sold out,” Dung said.

It is difficult to keep prices of package tours unchanged during the holiday due to the rising costs of plane tickets and services for tourists.

The cost of plane tickets for the Sai Gon-Hanoi route, for example, rose from nearly 3 million VND (132 USD) to nearly 4 million VND during the holidays.

Domestic tours to beaches such as Phu Quoc, Con Dao and Nha Trang, as well as Da Nang/Hoi An, Hanoi/Yen Tu and Ha Long Bay, have been bestsellers for the upcoming holiday period.-VNA