Vietnamese travelers now the targeted clients for foreign travel firms

The progressively dominating product of Vietnamese travelers feat foreign year after gathering has helped Vietnam tilt its personage into the tilt of the key markets of China tourismnumerous countries, specified as Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Island and Southeast Korea.

Big marketing campaigns headed for Vietnam

A lot of tourism promotion institutions and foreign travel firms have recently organized big promotion campaigns on the Vietnamese market. In the period from mid November to early December of 2011, Patrick Kwok, Business Development General Director of the Hong Kong’s Tourism Agency paid two working visits to two big cities of Vietnam – HCM City and Hanoi – to learn about business opportunities. The general director was accompanied by the representatives of a lot of Hong Kong’s hotels, travel firms and entertainment service providers.

Mr Kwok has revealed a plan on making a strong marketing campaign on the Vietnamese market within 12 months. Hong Kong’s businessmen would flow to Vietnam to discuss directly with Vietnamese travel firms, while tours to Hong Kong will be organized for travel agents and press agencies, and promotion programs will be designed to attract Vietnamese travelers. Especially, he said that Hong Kong tourism agency is considering establishing its representative office in Vietnam.

“102,000 Vietnamese people traveled to Hong Kong in 2010, an increase of 33.1 percent over 2009. We are now considering Vietnam as an important market,” he said.

Prior to that, Cambodia also organized a tourism promotion campaign in Vietnam. Not only setting up big stalls at tourism trade fair, the Cambodian Tourism Department also brought an art group with 100 artists to Vietnam who performed at the HCM City theatre.

The tourism promotion campaigns of South Korea in general and the Cheju island tourism promotion agency in particular were also implemented in a large scale. Meanwhile, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore have been considering Vietnam a key market for a long time.

As for Cambodia, Vietnam is the biggest tourism market from which 470,000 people traveled to Cambodia in 2010, while the figure is expected to increase to 550,000 this year.

Meanwhile, despite some problems, Thailand still can attract 452,000 Vietnamese travelers in the first 10 months of 2011, up by 44 percent over the same period of the last year. Especially, the percentage of Vietnamese travelers returning to Thailand for the second and subsequent time is very high at 68 percent.

Singapore and Malaysia have also reported the high number of Vietnamese travelers of up to hundreds of thousands of people a year.

Why can foreign travel firms attract Vietnamese travelers?

According to Vietnamese travel firms, outbound tours can be sold well because they can bring benefits to both travelers and travel firms. Travelers can enjoy benefits because they can go to new excursion points or enjoy new services at the familiar excursion points, at reasonable costs. Meanwhile, travel firms can get benefits from the preferences offered by the foreign partners.

“People believe that Vietnamese travelers now like going abroad because of the low tour fees. But this is just one of the reasons,” said Cao Pham Hang, Director of SPSC Tour.

According to her, the main factor that makes outbound tours always attractive in the eyes of Vietnamese travelers is that the services are renewed all the time. Here in the foreign countries, there always exists a close cooperation among relating links of the tourism chain, which allows to create attractive programs and good service packages.

The tours to South Korea, for example, are always very attractive, even though the tour fees are very high. However, as the programs are renewed every season, the country still can attract Vietnamese travelers.

Central coast tourism untapped

The key seaward region has not capitalised on its natural advantages to nurture tourism, officials admitted at a meeting held in the part this period.

Serviceman and cultural tourism were uppercase strengths of the six provinces - Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, and Khanh Hoa - and Da Nang city but they soul failed to acquire them, they told a seminar unionized by the Ministry of Civilisation, Sports and Touristry in Phu Yen Province.

Ninh Thuan, for instance has Ca Na and Ninh Chu, rated as two of the country's nine best beaches; Vinh Hy, one of the country's most beautiful bays; Nui Chua National Park; and Bau Truc, the most ancient Cham pottery village in Indochina.

But the province attracts less than 700,000 tourists a year.

"When Phu Yen held the opening ceremony of National Tourism Year [earlier this year], many tourists wanted to go on a sightseeing tour around the province's islands," Truong Nam Thang, director of OSC-SMI Travel Company, said.

"But they could not because the province has no seagoing vessel tourism."

The central region is home to world-famous cultural heritages recognised by UNESCO like Hue Royal Court Music, Hoi An Town, and the My Son relics.

But Dr Tran Duc Anh Son of the Viet Nam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies based in Hue, said the region did not know how to use the potential.

Other delegates said tourism here was weak and deprived in every aspect — infrastructure, advertising, human resources, and awareness among travellers.

At the famous Da Dia whirlpool in Phu Yen, there is no place for visitors to stop or shelter from the sun.

Bai Mon beach and Cape Mui Dien (Phu Yen), the first places on the mainland to see the sun rise, remain neglected after a project to develop them was delayed.

Khanh Hoa Province, which earns VND1.9 trillion (US$90.5 million) a year from tourism, mostly in Nha Trang, wants to exploit the tourism potential to the north of Cam Ranh peninsula.

But the 33 investment projects it has licensed there have seen no progress.

At less than 2.5 per cent, the region also has the country's lowest proportion of the labour force in the tourism industry.

The seven provinces agreed to co-ordinate to develop tourism by building a coastal road from Thua Thien-Hue to Khanh Hoa, creating a common tourism brand, advertising jointly and linking up their cultural festivals into a common tourism event.

Tourists discover nature on trek through national park

Nui Chua General Park, in the workplace domain of Ninh Thuan, is wise "a calif." thanks to its dry conditions and low precipitation.

Settled around 40km from Phan Rang Municipality, the 30,000ha place in Ninh Hai Regularize was first designated a domestic bowl in 2003.

It is finite by the Eastward Sea to the southland and eastbound, by Route 1 to the westbound and to the northland by air of Cam Ranh Bay in neighbouring Khanh Hoa Orbit.

The Nui Chua area consists of the southern end of the Truong Son Mountain Range of which the highest peak belongs to Co Tuy Mountain, situated at an altitude of 1,039m above sea level.

Located at the park's centre, the Chua Anh (elder brother God) and Chua Em (younger brother God) mountains, at over 1,000m in height, make for temperate conditions.

"It's ideal to visit the park during the dry season that extends from November to August," said park Director Huynh Vinh Kim.

"The harmonious combination of mountainous and marine landscapes, special geographical and weather features plus high biodiversity, makes the park a promising tourist attraction," Kim said.

Entering the park, tourists will encounter green trees growing amid stones and sand in an intensely hot and dry climate.

The park sports its own ochna tree forest that, rooted in the arid soil, resembles a collection of bonsai trees. During spring the trees blossom yellow to create a beautiful landscape. Typical ochna trees in the area belong to the hong mai family, which has red flowers, some of which have up to 13 petals.

Visitors are additionally afforded the chance to explore the park via 20km of asphalted roads embracing Mount Nui Chua, the Ngoan Muc Pass and Treo Lake on Mount Da Vach at an altitude of 250m.

Trekking the 10km road to a small lake, fed by an array of little streams, takes around four hours.

Lo O Stream in particular, is a historical beauty spot surrounded by cliffs and clear waterfalls, its flat granite stones idyllic for picnics.

The harsh climate combines both romantic lakes and effervescent waterfalls all year round. At a height of around 1,000m, 29,865ha of semi-tropical primeval forests on Chua Anh and Chua Em mountains are extremely bio-diverse thanks to an abundance of rainfall.

Flora in Nui Chua National Park includes 390 medicinal plants, over 100 varieties of bonsai as well as many edible varieties.

It also hosts 306 species of vertebrates, including the rare and precious black-shanked langur, the white-collared bear, and the jaguar.

The magnificent mountain ranges overlook the appealing and pristine bays of Vinh Hy and Ninh Chu Beach.

Guests interested in visiting the only savanna in Viet Nam can drive from Ninh Chu Beach in Khanh Hai Commune along provincial Highway 702 to Vinh Hy Bay.

After a few hours of sightseeing, tourists are free to choose among beaches spread over nearly 40km for swimming, as well as coral reefs with diverse marine life, visible via glass bottomed tourist boats.

The farthest border of Nui Chua National Park is Thit Beach where sea turtles come and lay their eggs.

Trekkers can also walk down to Cau Gay Village, home to the Raglai ethnic minority group, and visit local craft shops to catch a glimpse into the lives of the artisans.

Military base CK 19, used by the liberation army in the, anti-American war, lies near Treo Lake on Mount Da Vach and includes traces of guerrillas trench shelters and the smokeless stoves.

The local coast was formerly used to transit weapon and other military equipment from north Viet Nam to battlefields in the south.

SAC to open Highlands airport terminal tomorrow

Grey Airports House. (SAC) looks set to make an first function for a new contact at Buon Ma Thuot Field in the Halfway Highlands arena of Daklak tomorrow after nearly air mekongtwo geezerhood of mentation.

The new terminal will help nearly quadruple passenger handling capacity at the airport, said SAC general director Nguyen Nguyen Hung. The old terminal receives only 100-120 passengers in a peak hour but the new facility is designed for up to 400 passengers in a peak hour or one million passengers a year, he said.

SAC began work on the new terminal of Buon Ma Thuot Airport in January 2010 at an initial construction cost of VND221 billion (over US$10.5 million). The two-story facility has total floor space of 7,200 square meters and can receive passengers and cargo from four mid-sized planes at a time.

The terminal project also comprises areas for services, restaurants, tourism information desks, taxi cabs, buses, flight information boards and vehicle parking, as well as auxiliary works for water and power supply.

Hung of SAC said the modern terminal would help better serve passengers on board domestic flights to and from Buon Ma Thuot Airport, and attract more business and leisure travelers to Buon Ma Thuot City and other parts of the province.

SAC said Buon Ma Thuot Airport now received some eight daily flights operated by Vietnam Airlines and Air Mekong from HCMC, Hanoi and Danang as well as extra services to Vinh on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and five flights from HCMC on Fridays and Saturdays.      

Buon Ma Thuot Airport was opened in 1972 to military flights but upgraded in 1977 for civil services. From 2003 to 2004, SAC invested VND100 billion (US$4.76 million) in extending the runway at Buon Ma Thuot Airport to 3,000 meters long and 45 meters wide and the lighting system there for Airbus A320s, A321s and Boeing B737s to land and take off even at night.

SAC’s figures showed Buon Ma Thuot Airport handled 3,920 flights and nearly 262,500 passengers in 2010, up 42.33% and 28.65% respectively compared to 2009. The estimated number for this year exceeds 420,000 passengers.

Over 6 million int’l tourists visited Vietnam in 2011

Hoang Thi Diep, surrogate cognition of Vietnam General Brass of Business, revealed that Annam received author than 6 cardinal transnational visitors during 2011.

The Domestic Business Gathering 2012 papers themed "Attribute Tourism" featuring a programme of activities to be known throughout the Northeastern Exchange inshore regions during the teaching of incoming assemblage is predicted to leaven this personage flush higher by 2012.

The event, to be hosted by Thua Thien-Hue Province will promote domestic tourism and highlight the beautiful destinations in the region.

Accordingly, the organizers will develop and build special tourist cultural products and services, promote cultural heritage and historical sites, and highlight the intangible heritage of each area.

In addition, there will be many interesting activities such as a ceremony commemorating King Tran Nhan Tong when he entered Nirvana in Quang Ninh Province; the Hoa Lu ancient capital festival in Ninh Binh Province; the troop banquet ceremony honoring and commemorating the Hoang Sa fleet which patrols the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago in Quang Ngai Province; international fireworks competition in Da Nang; Vietnam cave festival in Quang Binh and the Sen (lotus) village festival in Nghe An.

Flights to Europe offered with a 37 percent discount

The national list deliverer Vietnam Airlines (VNA) said it would give a 37 percent discounts on list prices of air routes from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh Municipality (HCMC) to Town (Author), Frankfort (Frg) and Writer (the UK) from Dec,19th.

Accordingly, customers in Vietnam buying economy tickets from now until March 31st with flights from the start of 2012 to March 31st will enjoy the preferential cost of USD 999.

This is the round-trip ticket price, including tax, fuel surcharge and it may be changed according to the exchange rate at the time the ticket is sold.

Currently, VNA is operating air routes to Paris (France), Frankfurt (Germany) and London (the UK) with seven flights a week on the Hanoi – Paris route, three flights on the HCMC – Paris route, four flights a week on the Hanoi – Frankfurt route, four flights a week on the HCMC – Frankfurt route, two flights a week on the Hanoi – London route and two flights a week on the HCMC – London route.


More int’l flights connect Vietnam

A sort of outside airlines are commencing and operative statesman flights to HCMC and Hanoi in winter schedule, which is commonly a diligent phase for air steering to and from War.

The Civil Accumulation Establishment of War (CAAV) has licensed AeroSvit Airlines to propulsion plain flights between Kiev and HCMC. Vo Huy Cuong, filmmaker of Air Move Department at this collection authority, told the Regular on the phone on Weekday that the Ukrainian airway would start two weekly services on this way from this hebdomad.

AeroSvit Airlines is organizing a function in HCMC on December 22 to mark the new Kiev-HCMC service, which is the result of a partnership agreement signed between AeroSvit Airlines and Vietnam Airlines during Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s official visit to Ukraine in early October.

The agreement was signed in Kiev after a session of the Ukrainian-Vietnamese intergovernmental commission on economic, trade, scientific and technological cooperation held as part of the Vietnamese Prime Minister’s visit.

The Kiev-HCMC service is the first air link between Vietnam and Ukraine, as national flag air carrier Vietnam Airlines now offers flights to and from the Russian city of Moscow.

In the winter schedule, Qatar Airways has made its frequency to Hanoi daily from previous four weekly flights between Doha and Hanoi via a stopover in Bangkok. The carrier started to fly on this route in November last year, with flights on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Currently, Qatar Airways performs all seven weekly flights between HCMC and Doha via Bangkok instead of only three services on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in the summer schedule.

The winter schedule also sees Jetstar Asia launch services between Singapore and Hanoi to provide passengers with more options for air travel between the island country and Vietnam, where the low-cost carrier services daily at Tan Son Nhat Airport in HCMC.

Jetstar began the Singapore-Hanoi route with four weekly flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. The Jetstar management disclosed this route at a press conference in Hanoi in mid-2011, saying that this new service would give Asia Pacific passengers better access to the Jetstar network and allow them to tap more easily into the carrier’s rapidly growing Singapore hub.

Meanwhile, the steady growth in the number of Australian visitors to Vietnam over the past time has encouraged airlines to offer more flights between Vietnam and Australia.

Recently, international and local newspapers run news about Australian low-cost carrier Air Australia’s plan to conduct services from Melbourne and Brisbane to Shanghai and HCMC from mid-2012 subject to regulatory approval. But Cuong of CAAV confirmed to the Daily that this aviation authority had not received any application from this airline.

Figures of the General Statistics Office show Australia was Vietnam’s seventh largest visitor-generating market in the January-November period when more than 261,000 Australians came to Vietnam, up around 3.9% year-on-year

Boosting tourism development among central coastal provinces

A seminar on touristry exercise co-ordination among midway coastwise provinces was held in Tuy Hoa port in the south-central field of Phu Yen on Dec 19.

This was one of activities marking the National Tourism Year.

Seven central coastal provinces including Thua Thien-Hue, Danang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa occupy one third of the national coastal landscape.

The region is widely known for such world-famous cultural heritage sites recognized by UNESCO as theAncient Hue relics complex, Hue Royal Court Music, Hoi An ancient street and My Son Relic compound.

However, the region’s tourism industry only makes up 6 percent of the country’s GDP, not yet to match its potential.

The closing ceremony of the National Tourism Year will take place in Tuy Hoa on the evening of December 19. The 2012 National Tourism Year will be launched in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.

AirAsia spreads wings to Danang

AirAsia has conscionable flown to the key seaward port of Danang as the gear global airfield in War that the stellar low-cost immune in Accumulation services.Air asia

AirAsia told the Daily worst period that its Airbus A320 bomb with both 168 passengers on surface from Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur landed in Danang Aerodrome penultimate Weekday, commencing foursome weekly flights to Vietnam's base largest supranational airfield after Tan Son Nhat and Noi Bai.

The air carrier flew to Danang one day after a new passenger terminal there was opened to both domestic and international services.

In this winter schedule, AirAsia performs flights between Kuala Lumpur and Danang on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Its plane departs the Malaysian city at 7:35 a.m. and arrives at Danang Airport at 9:15 a.m., and then leaves Danang at 9:45 a.m. on those days.

At present, AirAsia and its member airlines conduct daily services from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok to HCMC and Hanoi and vice versa. Indonesia AirAsia currently has four weekly services between Jakarta and HCMC on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

AirAsia is the newest air carrier to launch services to Danang. Also last week, Asiana Airlines started to fly between Korea and this airport, with planned weekly frequency on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Singapore-based airline SilkAir has weekly flights to Danang. National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines operates two weekly chartered services between Danang and China’s Guangzhou in addition to its 26 domestic daily flights.


Japan tourism rebounds strongly

The Humankind Jaunt & Touristry Council (WTTC) announced the begin of the 3rd of 4 quarterly reports about Japan's effort for the traveling and tourism industry Logopeople the Tohoku Tsunami in Nippon this gathering.

According to the report, “The Tohoku Pacific Earthquake and Tsunami: Impact on Travel & Tourism - Update December 2011,” Japan’s tourism industry has rebounded strongly in the second half of 2011 and more rapidly than previously expected.

The first report, launched at WTTC’s Global Summit in Las Vegas in May 2011, set 3 recovery scenarios and suggested that the overall impact of the earthquake and tsunami could range from a reduction of ¥0.9 trillion (low impact scenario) to ¥1.9 trillion (high impact scenario) in travel and tourism’s contribution to Japan’s GDP in 2011.

In WTTC’s second Japan update report in September 2011, analysis of tourism data showed that the recovery was in line with the low impact scenario, and more recent analysis shows that domestic and outbound tourism is now back to pre-March 2011 baseline, with inbound well on the way to recovery.

Updated scenarios, based on this most recent data, suggest that the total negative impact of the earthquake and tsunami on travel and tourism’s contribution to Japan’s GDP will be roughly ¥0.7 trillion and confined largely to 2011 (less than even the most optimistic “low impact” scenario produced in the immediately after the disaster).

Data from the Japan National Tourism Organization and STR Global also suggest that Japanese domestic and outbound tourism has recovered “losses” to levels consistent with or better than forecasts made prior to the earthquake. Due to the dominance of domestic tourism relative to inbound tourism, this implies that total Japanese travel and tourism demand and GDP will have recovered by the end of 2011. For the year as a whole, there is a noticeable negative effect, but this should not have any lingering impact in 2012. This recovery can be attributed to the speed of the restoration of basic infrastructure immediately after the earthquake and has been supported by the ongoing appreciation of the yen.

Furthermore, airline data from Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways suggest a quicker recovery in demand for long-haul destinations than for travel to other Asian destinations. This is in contrast to the inbound trends and may be due to a fundamental change in the pattern of demand.

Inbound travel has yet to fully recover, and for 2011 as a whole, foreign visitor arrivals are expected to be around 25 percent lower than in 2010. Arrivals continue to be in line with WTTC’s previous low impact scenario, which states that international tourist arrivals will recover in numbers by early 2012.

This is partly the result of growth in short-haul arrivals, by October arrivals from Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan were back to, or above, October 2010 levels and backed by strong performance in the Indian and Thai markets, although the latter has dropped off due to the severe flooding in Thailand.

For long-haul markets, and especially European sources, the trend over recent months also appears to have been upwards, but improvement has been slower partly due to the eurozone debt crisis as well as some residual nervousness regarding nuclear safety.

David Scowsill, President and CEO, WTTC, stated: “Nine months after the devastating earthquake and tsunami, which hit northeast Japan, the country’s tourism industry has exceeded even the most optimistic forecasts and is well on the way to recovery. Japan has been doing a great job, in particular with marketing efforts, both internally and externally, and has reminded the world of the unique products Japan has to offer.

“However, there is still some work to be done in attracting previous levels of international visitors, particularly from long-haul markets where there may be residual nervousness regarding the nuclear situation and where economic strife continues. WTTC’s 12th Global Summit, to be held in Sendai and Tokyo on April 16-19, 2012, will showcase Japan’s recovery and bring world travel and tourism leaders together to demonstrate that Japan really is open for business.”

The final Japan update report will be a “one year after” review launched in March 2012.