Annual HCM City Travel Fair to boost tourism


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  • Tuesday, 21 Jul 2020

Going on leaf: A man posing for a picture on a giant lily pad at a pagoda in Dong Thap province as people take advantage of discounted fares and rates for domestic holidays. — Reuters

ONE hundred and twenty six travel agents, hotels, airlines, and other tourism and travel-related services from 50 cities and provinces have showcased domestic tour packages, travel products and services at 30-70% discounts at the 16th HCM City Travel Fair over the weekend.

The annual fair enabled travel agents and tour operators to introduce their new products to customers, Tran Hung Viet, chairman of the HCM City Association of Tourism, said.

A number of tours and travel services were sold right on the first day of the fair, a good sign for the domestic travel market, he said.

Bui Ta Hoang Vu, director of the city Department of Tourism, said small and medium-sized travel firms, both inbound and outbound, were struggling to recover due to the Covid-19 crisis.

The event, which offered a wide range of discounted tours and travel services, would stimulate domestic travel demand and help travel and tourism businesses stay afloat even as international tourism remains closed, he said.

Stimulus programmes had resulted in an apparent recovery in domestic travel, he said.

Many tour packages were offered at 50% and more discounts including HCM City – Vung Tau at 199,000 dong (RM37) per person, Tay Ninh – Binh Duong at 1.5 million dong (RM276), Cu Chi tours at 119,000 dong (RM21), and hop-on-hop-off buses at 149,000 dong (RM27).

Tours between HCM City and the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta were on offer at discounts of 30%.

Nguyen Thi Loan, an accountant who lives in HCM City’s District 5, was looking for tours to Nha Trang or Phu Quoc since her children were in their summer break and love beaches.

“With reasonable prices for five-star hotels and airfares, it is a good time to travel domestically, ” she said.

Vietravel is offering 8,000 tour packages for this summer with gifts and discounts thrown in at the fair. — Vietnam News/ANN

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