More Vietnamese are opting for outbound tours to long-haul destinations like the US and Europe this summer, travel agencies have reported.

HCM City tour operators said outbound tourist numbers to the US and Europe have risen by 30-50 percent this summer.

However, the growth rate for tours to ASEAN member countries remains almost unchanged, with numbers to China decreasing.

Perfect Tour Travel Co Ltd said from May to July it has eight groups a month, with each comprising nearly 40 tourists, compared to four groups last year.

The price of a US tour with Perfect has increased by more than 10 percent because of higher airfares, with a 10-day trip costing around 3,500 USD per person.

Viettours said the number of tourists to Europe is up 40 to 50 percent year on year.

Tran Doan The Duy, deputy general director of Vietravel, said tourist numbers to expensive destinations such as the US, Europe, and the Republic of Korea are up more than 40 percent./.