Tourists at Sam Son beach in Thanh Hoa province. Sam Son is expected to become a tourist hot spot this summer. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Travel companies are optimistic about business during the traditional long holiday at the end of April and early May as people tend to take tours at this time.

Vietravel, one of the big tour operators in Vietnam, said that it expects to serve 24,000 customers during the four-day holiday, a 20-percent increase against the same period last year.

Nguyen Cong Hoan, Deputy General Director of Hanoi Red Tours Joint Stock Company, said the company has introduced many package tours in advance and had strong bookings from customers.

The company said all package tours have been booked, especially those to Da Nang, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc as well as to Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. It expects to serve around 4,000 people this vacation.

Pham Bich Ngoc, Deputy Director of Vietrantour Travel Company, said the company has worked with foreign partners to cut the price of tours to England, Italy, the Maldives, Dubai-Abu Dhabi, and Taiwan by 5-18.5 percent.

Besides booking tours via travel companies, many customers in Hanoi design tours themselves to local destinations.

Because the weather is expected to get hot during the holiday, seaside cities like Da Nang, Nha Trang, Mui Ne, Vung Tau, Phu Quoc, Sam Son and Ha Long continue being the favourite destinations.

Many new destinations like Quy Nhon, Tuy Hoa and Ly Son Island are also good options for holiday-makers.

With those who want to enjoy the spectacular landscape, fresh air and crystal water, tours to the mountainous provinces of Son La, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Cao Bang, Lao Cai and Ha Giang will definitely meet their taste.

On outbound tours, besides tours to Southeast Asian countries, well-off customers also take tours to Japan and the Republic of Korea, Dubai, Europe and the United States.

The Korean General Department of Tourism office in Vietnam is promoting Gyeongbuk province, the largest province in the RoK with beautiful landscapes, famous delicacies, rich culture and world cultural heritages to Vietnamese tourists.-VNA