Many travel firms, hotels and airlines are offering a wide range of promotional programmes to lure domestic tourists following the suspension of many flights due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nguyen Minh from Bac Tu Liem District, Hanoi, said that she had bought a three-day and two-night package to the southern central city of Quy Nhon for just VND2.5 million (USD108.69) per person. The package consists of the five-star hotel stay and return air tickets.
Le Hung from Hoang Mai District booked a holiday on Phu Quoc Island for his family for just VND3.8 million each person, comprising accommodation, return air tickets and breakfast.
“Never before I have seen such affordable tourism services. It used to cost her family around VND20 million previously,” Hung added.
AZA Travel has offered the discount of up to 70% for three-day and two-night package at hotels of at least three stars in Phu Quoc, Nha Trang, Danang, Quy Nhon and Dalat cities. So, the minimum price for a guest is just VND1.59 million.
The promotional period runs from May 10 to December 31 this year.
AZA Travel is also offering 50% discount vouchers to famous resorts such as FLC, Vinpearl, Flamingo and Sun Group.
Many other travel companies such as HanoiRedtour have followed.
Vietnam Airlines plans to fully resume domestic flights next month. The airline has been selling promotional tickets since May 7, with airfares starting at VND199,000.
According to Tran Trong Kien, chairman of Vietnam Tourism Advisory Board, in the first quarter of this year, many travel companies saw revenue drops by up to 70% on-year due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. They had to dismiss 10-50% of their staff. Their revenues in the second quarter of this year are forecasted to fall by 90% on-year.
Le Tuan Anh, director of the Tourism Information Centre under the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism said that it would take Vietnam’s tourism sector at least two years to recover after being hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.