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Saigontourist Travel Service Boosting Summer Tours

In the first five months of 2006, the Saigontourist Travel Service Company has earned VND183 billion (US$11.437 million), up 12% compared to the same period last year

The number of international tourists visiting Vietnam was 23,500, up 20%, while that of outbound tourists was 5,800, up 20%. Local tours welcomed 32,500 tourists. At present, Saigontourist is one of the few top travel companies to provide quality service for international and both inbound and outbound tours.

About 7,000 travelers took international tours on sea cruisers, three times as many as at the same point last year. Inbound and outbound tours were popular thanks to the Premium Travel program for tours to Nha Trang, Halong, Danang, Dalat, Cambodia, Europe, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and the U.S.

Cambodia welcomed more than 1,500 tourists from the company and Phan Thiet-Dalat, Hue-Hoi An-Danang and trans-Vietnam tours received at least as many visitors.

Saigontourist also hosted 1,500 international MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Conference, Exhibition) tourists, 120 of which were with the Autodesk program, 60 with APEC, and 120 with IBM. At the same time, more than 3,000 domestic MICE customers took part in the MICE programs in Vung Tau, Austria and Cheju Island.

Vo Anh Tai, director of Saigontourist Travel Service, said the company is doing just as well with the summer tours so far. In the meantime, the company is introducing a number of inbound and outbound tours like "Colors of the Mekong Delta," "Paying Homage to the Southernmost Land of Ca Mau," "Paying Homage to the North," "Vietnam's Beauty," "Nha Trang - a Celestial Night," "Discovery Nha Phu Lagoon," "Marvelous Nights in Halong," as well as a World Cup tour and tours to South Africa, the U.S., Russia, South Korea, Japan, and Beijing.

From the beginning of May to the end of June, the company served more than 10,000 tourists on local tours and 3,800 outbound tourists. The most attractive destinations have been Nha Trang, Dalat, Phu Quoc, trans-Viet tours, Cambodia, China, the U.S. and Europe. (The SGT Weekly - No.28 - '06 (771) - July 8, 2006)

Saigontourist Travel Service
49 Le Thanh Ton St., Dist. 1,
HCM City. Tel: 8298914

Cycling Tours and Opportunities to Discover the Best of Viet Nam

Foreign visitors are riding on the street in southern Viet Nam.

Nowadays, traveling by bike is tourists’ favorite. It is not only good for health, but also brings opportunities to discover the diversified culture and life in the country.

Cycling tours have been set up in recent years and attracted many domestic and foreign visitors who love adventure and discovery.

There are two forms of cycling tours: sightseeing tour within the distance of 20 kilometers; and adventurous tours, which are intended for young people with the long journey of 100 kilometers or more.

Saigontourist usually plan the cycling tours in southern Viet Nam. In special long-day tours, lasting half a month, visitors will enjoy delicious fruits and specific beauties of the southern countryside, including ancient pagodas, vast ricefields. They can do gardening with their homestay family members and savour local specialities.

Fiditourist has once introduced the cycling tours to young visitors. The company usually designs routes of northwest arc and coastal lines, crossing mountain passes in the central Viet Nam.

The trips crossing Cu Mong and Ha Van mountain passes, with mountains and forests on one side and blue sea on the other, left strong impression on tourists.

Most organizers have careful preparations for these cycling tours. There are cars following to help tourists in hazardous roads where they can not ride.

Because of the growing demand, tourist companies have offered many cycling tours to the Highlands, the Mekong Delta, the Truong Son mountain range, the central Viet Nam, etc.
The price will depend on the length of the trip and the services provided. Anyhow, the cost of cycling tours is not as expensive as that of others.

According to Mr. Truong Hoang Phuong of Saigontourist, itineraries passing through well-known places, including temples, pagodas, relic areas, ricefields and gardens laden with fruits, are often incorporated into the tours. Those are opportunities for tourists to learn about local people’s life and culture. When the tours end, tourists will keep the hall mark of Viet Nam’s landscapes. (By Hieu, Dat – Translated by Kim Khanh) - July 4, 2006

A New Way To Travel

Saigontourist Travel Service has launched the China-Japan-South Korea tour on the five-star sea cruiser Costa Allegra

Recently developing new high-class tours, the Saigontourist Travel Service Company has continued to introduce domestic and foreign tours under the Premium Travel brand name. The China-Japan-South Korea tour by the five-star liner Costa Allegra is the first of its kind in Vietnam.

The tour offers deluxe services in a "3 in 1" program taking tourists to three beautiful countries in one historical tour. According to the itinerary, after flying from HCM City to Shanghai, travelers will board the Costa Allegra, one of the most modern European tourist ships, for a cruise to Nagasaki and then Cheju Island in South Korea.

"This cooperation between Saigontourist and the Costa Crociere S.p.A, the largest shipping company in Italy and Europe, and the birth of this first ever tour in Vietnam will satisfy the needs of tourists with luxurious services," said Vo Anh Tai, director of Saigontourist Travel Service.

Costa Allegra, which is able to carry 1,000 tourists and 500 crew members, made its maiden trip in 1992. The ship is decorated in absolute Italian style.

Besides its efforts in introducing new attractive tours, Premium Travel also draws the attention of a great number of high-class tourists thanks to its offers of insurance fee of US$1.5/tourist/day with a premium of up to US$10,000/tourist and a Premium Travel card with international payment function and many high-class services attached.

Tai said that since April 2006, Saigontourist Travel Service has launched another Premium Tour called "Enjoy a luxury tour to Singapore with five-star SuperStar Gemini" starting from the Nha Rong Wharf at the Saigon Port. This program is also a "fly-cruise" combination.

The itinerary of the China-Japan-South Korean tour is as follows:

Day 1: HCM City (Vietnam) - Shanghai (China)

Saigontourist coaches take tourists to Tan Son Nhat Airport and board flight FM838 (from 1:30 a.m. to 5:55 a.m.). Tourists spend the night and have breakfast on board. The destination of the first flight is at Pudong Airport where a Chinese tourist guide in Shanghai will take tourists to the city center to have lunch and go shopping in Tao Lin Lu before getting on coaches to head for the port where Costa Allegra is anchored waiting to leave Shanghai at 5 p.m. for Tianjin. Dinner and other activities on board.

Day 2: Tianjin (China)

Breakfast on board. Tourists take part in activities on board and relax. Lunch and dinner on board while heading for Japan. Tourists spend the night on board.

Day 3: Nagasaki (Japan)

Breakfast on board. Reaching Nagasaki Port at 8 a.m. Tourists can visit Nagasaki either by themselves or in a pre-scheduled program held by a local tourist company, including such destinations as Nagasaki City, Unzen hot stream on Shimabara Island, Huis Ten Bosch Entertainment Center. Back to the ship by 4 p.m. At 6 p.m., leaving Nagasaki for Jeju. Dinner and evening activities on board.

Day 4: Cheju (South Korea)

Breakfast on board. Reaching Cheju at 8 a.m., a famous tourist island in the southern region of South Korea. Tourists can visit the island by themselves or in a pre-scheduled program with a local tourist company, including such destinations as Cheju City and Joongmun Resort. Back to the ship by 4 p.m. At 6 p.m., leaving Jeju for Tianjin. Dinner and evening activities on board.

Day 5: East China Sea

Breakfast on board. Tourists take part in activities on board and relax. Lunch and dinner and evening activities on board.

Day 6: Shanghai (China)

Breakfast on board. Check out and get ready to leave the ship. At 7 a.m., Costa Allegra reaches Shanghai. Leave the ship. Tourists are taken to hotel by coach. Having lunch and shopping at Du Vien. Dinner. Heading for Pudong Airport to fly back to HCM City on the FM837 flight (from 9:30 p.m. to 0:30 a.m.).

The package tour is US$1,695/2 tourists/cabin (without window) and US$1,895/2 tourists/cabin (with window).

Saigontourist Travel Service
49 Le Thanh Ton St., Dist. 1, HCM City. Tel: 8298914
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(Dat Tien - The SGT Weekly - N. 27 - '06(770) - July 1, 2006)

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