Outbound tourism grows, domestic segment weaker

HCMC – More Vietnamese people tended to opt for outbound tours during recent holidays, while domestic travel fared poorer, according to HCMC’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.


Domestic segment posted a 10% year-on-year increase in bookings during the Reunification Day and International Labor Day while the bookings for outbound tours went up more than 30% from the same period last year. High and stable prices are the key factors making local visitors opt for outbound tours.
“The statistics are collected from 20 leading tour operators in HCMC. They not only reflect tour sales during the holidays but also point out commontravel trend at the current time,” said an official of the department.
The prices of outbound tours taking in popular overseas destinations such as Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore are only equal to prices of domestic tours to the central and Northern regions, driving up bookings for outbound tours.
The next reason is that outbound tour prices and service quality remain stable while tour operators and tourists face overcharging or surcharges in case of taking domestic tours during big holidays.
In addition, foreign tourism authorities have launched promotion campaigns highlighting their signature destinations appealing to Vietnamese travelers.
However, travel firms reported it was getting harder to sell package tours and long-haul tours due to the tough economy. Tourists arrange short-haul tours by themselves rather than book long-haul tours from travel agencies.
The report showed the best-selling tours are tours to Phu Quoc Island, Nha Trang, Dalat, Phan Thiet and Con Dao Island. Tours taking in the Mekong Delta registered a 30% increase in bookings from last year.
The number of bookings of airborne tours to the Central and Northern destinations such as Hoi An, Danang and Hanoi sank by 40%. There are fewer tourists choosing tours traveling by air given higher transportation costs.
The prices of tours taking in the Central and Northern regions edged up 20-30% due to rising input costs. Specifically, transportation cost grew by 15%, while hotel room rates advanced 20-30% or even 100%, pushing up prices of those tours.


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