Outbound tours popular for Tet holiday hinh anh 1Customers book tours at Fiditour. (Photo nld.com.vn)

HCM City (VNA) - Travel demand for the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday that this year begins on February 16 is expected to increase 20-30 percent compared to last year.

Tour prices are expected to rise by 5-15 percent compared to normal days due to higher fees for airfares, hotels and transportation, travel firms said.

Vietravel, one of the leading tour service providers in the country, has sold 65 percent of its outbound tours and 55 percent of domestic tours for the period, said Duong Kim Chi, deputy director of Vietravel.

Travellers have planned their Tet trips earlier than in previous years, with a variety of destinations, Chi said.

Trips under seven days such as tours to Japan and the Republic of Korea have been fully booked, with only 10 percent left for sale, she said.

For domestic tours, destinations in the north are popular, followed by those in the central region.

This year, the company is organising overseas tours via air charter from Ho Chi Minh City to Fukushima in Japan, Phuket and Chiang Mai in Thailand, and Ningbo in China, with prices at 30 percent lower than conventional packages.

The company expects to serve 38,000 tourists, up 20-25 percent compared to last year.

Tran Thi Bao Thu, director of Fiditour’s marketing and communication, said the company expected a 30 percent increase in the number of bookings for Tet tours this year.

The number of bookings reached 75 percent of the company’s tours planned for the new year, Thu said. Outbound tour prices will rise by 5-10 percent compared to last year.

A representative of Viet Media Travel said outbound tours to Europe, Australia and the US are fully booked.

The company has sold 80 percent of outbound tours to several Asian countries and domestic tours for Tet.

Outbound tours to Dubai, the RoK, Japan, Thailand and Singapore and domestic tours to northern and central destinations have attracted many travellers.

The number of outbound tour bookings at TST Tourist increased 25 percent year-on-year to reach 2,800 customers, while the number of domestic tour bookings were estimated at 1,500 customers, up 20 percent year-on-year.

Long-trip tours to Europe, the US and Australia have also attracted a large number of customers. - VNA