Travel, hospitality companies brace for SEA Video games tourism enhance

Travel, hospitality firms brace for SEA Games tourism boost

Overseas vacationers take a cyclo tour round downtown Hanoi, 2020. Photograph by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh

Travel companies and lodges are getting ready services and products to money in on an anticipated tourism enhance from Vietnam internet hosting the SEA Video games, Southeast Asia’s largest sports activities occasion.

Pham Ha, chairman of Lux Group, which focuses on luxurious cruise ships, stated his firm expects the SEA Video games 31 held in Vietnam this month to be a “nice alternative” for Vietnam to boosts its tourism picture and entice extra international vacationers after over two years of border closure over the Covid-19 pandemic.

At the moment, the corporate is providing a number of brief excursions for international vacationers, together with a five-day journey exploration of the Tonkin for $639 per particular person and a two-day Ha Lengthy Bay cruise for $242.

Nguyen Cong Hoan, CEO of Flamingo Redtours in Hanoi, stated his firm would cooperate with 5-star lodges on excursions that introduce architectural landmarks just like the Opera Home, Sofitel Legend Metropole lodge, the State Financial institution of Vietnam constructing and the Authorities’s Guesthouse in the course of the SEA Video games occasion, which will probably be hosted in Hanoi and several other northern provinces together with Quang Ninh, residence to Ha Lengthy, from Could 12 to 23.

Hanoi-based Hanoitourist firm has stated it should launch a cycle tour for vacationers and runners to discover the Bat Trang Village, famed for its centuries-old pottery craft. It might additionally provide a strolling tour to find French colonial heritages within the coronary heart of Hanoi and an evening tour of Hanoi’s Thang Lengthy Imperial Citadel, which has witnessed the rise and fall of Vietnam’s feudal dynasties.

Hoang Thuy Linh, deputy director of selling and communications at tour operator Ho Chi Minhtourist, stated her firm will set up one-day tour in Hanoi, HCMC and Da Nang for runners to find Vietnam’s heritages and promote the nation’s tourism pictures.

Nguyen Thuy Linh, advertising and communication supervisor of Hanoi Pan Pacific Lodge, which is able to host groups collaborating within the kurash and aerobics competitions, stated the variety of friends staying on the lodge in the course of the SEA Video games occasion is predicted to extend considerably and the lodge’s occupancy fee would almost attain its most capability.

Bui Thanh Tung, normal supervisor of Grand Vista Hanoi, which might host bowling groups competing on the SEA Video games, stated the lodge will improve service high quality and organize particular meals stalls for Muslim contestants and officers.

SEA Video games 31 is predicted to draw almost 10,000 athletes, coaches and officers from ASEAN international locations and tens of 1000’s of vacationers.

Pleasant vacation spot

Dang Huong Giang, director of Hanoi’s tourism division, stated the regional sports activities occasion is a chance for the tourism business to advertise the nation’s picture amongst international vacationers as a secure and pleasant vacation spot.

Hanoi expects the occasion to catalyze post-pandemic tourism restoration, with 3.2 million guests anticipated within the second quarter – three million home and 150,000-200,000 worldwide vacationers.

Pham Hong Lengthy, a tourism skilled with the Hanoi College of Social Sciences and Humanity, stated the SEA Video games presents alternative for Vietnam to advertise its tourism reopening coverage and entice international vacationers, particularly from Southeast Asia.

Nevertheless, Lengthy stated Southeast Asia is a really various area by way of faith and tradition, so travel corporations and lodges serving friends on the event of the SEA Video games must pay shut consideration to delicacies and tradition, particularly Muslim friends.

Ha of Lux Group additionally stated he anticipated to see extra international vacationers in the course of the upcoming sports activities occasion.

“I hope the variety of international vacationers arriving in Vietnam in the course of the SEA Video games occasion subsequent month will increase by 5-10 p.c in opposition to pre-pandemic ranges and the federal government would calm down visa polices for nationals of extra international locations to present the inbound tourism market a lift,” he stated.

Vietnam has resumed its pre-pandemic visa insurance policies for ASEAN member states, Japan, South Korea and several other European nations.