HCM City: tourism market bustling on Lunar New Year festival hinh anh 1A group of tourists prepare to begin their trip on February 5 in HCM City (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) - Travel agencies in Ho Chi Minh City have organised a great number of spring tours for tens of thousands of visitors on the occasion of the beginning of the Lunar New Year (Tet) 2019.

Representatives from TST Tourism Company (TST) said thousands of tourists registered to join inbound and outbound tours operated by the company during the festival, with those booking outbound tours accounting for 60 percent.

Europe, Australia, the US, the Republic of Korea, Japan, and Taiwan (China) have been attractive destinations for Vietnamese visitors, the firm noted.

It is forecast that the number of tourists booking Tet tours organised by TST this year increased 10 percent compared to the same period last year.

Tour operator Vietravel said it served 11,000 domestic and foreign visitors during the first two days of the Tet holiday.

Meanwhile,the Sai Gon Travel Service Company (Saigontourist) has organised half-day and one-day tours for foreigners who want to enjoy the Tet atmosphere  of Vietnam in HCM City, and Mekong Delta localities.

Saigon tourist aims to serve 21,500 holiday-makers during the festival, up 10 percent year-on-year.

The firm plans to welcome 3,500 visitors, mainly from the US, on Luxury cruiser Celebrity Constellation, which will dock in Chan may port in the central province of Thua Thien - Hue on February 9.-VNA