According to travel companies in Ho Chi Minh City, the number of tourists quickly rose back to thousands as soon as the pandemic was successfully managed by different localities.
At Vietravel Company, customers have registered to go on tour again since the end of August with the average frequency of two to three departures per week. In September, the number of groups departing during the week has increased significantly and so is the number of guests in each group.
From September 26 to September 28 only, there were about 2,000 tourists going on tours with Vietravel. The destinations chosen by the majority of travelers are the Mekong Delta, Vung Tau, Con Dao, Phan Thiet, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, the North. It is estimated that in September, Vietravel has a total of about 10,000 customers.
The representative of Saigontourist also said that there have been 1,343 bookings for tours departing across the country from September to November.
With group inclusive tours, Saigontourist has also served 4,309 tourists. Saigontourist expected that it may operate tours for more than 16,000 travelers in sightseeing, MICE and teambuilding tours in the coming October and November.
TST Travel Company also estimates that in September, the business has served about 1,000 tourists and is expected to reach the total tourists of about 1,500 in October.
In particular, the most popular and favorite tours at the moment are those giving tourists the opportunity to see the golden terraced fields, to feel the fresh breeze of the East and Northwest or to go to destinations with cool climate like Dak Nong, Da Lat, etc.
According to the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Department, after the first stimulus policies, travel agents are now more adaptive to strike back into the market of Ho Chi Minh thanks to the proactive capture of market overview and customer demands along with commitment to implement safety measures.
Even amid the pandemic, some travel companies still manage to operate tours for small groups to safe destinations instead of lockdown. Besides, once the intra-provincial flights were resumed after the pandemic was basically under control, many tour operators have made a breakthrough.
With the current situation, the Vietnam tourism industry has determined that the domestic market would be the main leverage from now until the end of this year to support companies’ operations since international tourism is yet to reopen.