A month before the holidays, many upscale hotels in Sapa and Phu Quoc are at 90% full capacity. Airfare and room prices continue to increase.
April has two public holidays on Hung Kings Anniversary (three days) and April 30-1/5 (four days). Many families and groups of friends have planned trips in advance, prioritizing the occasion on April 30.
A month before the holiday, in the group selling daily travel services, there were dozens of posts asking for combo tickets for flights – Phu Quoc hotel, Nha Trang… Anh Hoang Thanh, Hanoi just ordered a combo price. good after online survey. He said last year was approaching Hari Raya, he ordered a service, the price was expensive. Learning from experience, on this occasion his family planned the trip earlier.
Recently, all four members of Mr Thanh’s family have contracted Covid-19 but have mild symptoms, so they are psychologically comfortable to travel on April 30. “This year I chose to go to Quy Nhon because the price is good and hopefully it won’t be too crowded. So far, there are no more social distancing rules, so tourists like me don’t have to worry anymore. postpone or cancel services. All family. keep wearing masks for safety,” he said.
More than a month before the holiday, travel company BestPrice recorded an approximately 30% increase in bookings during the holidays compared to a week or two earlier. Mr. Bui Thanh Tu, the company’s marketing director, said market demand has increased by 15-20% over the same period last year.
According to statistics on booking platform Agoda, many resorts in Sa Pa and Lao Cai are currently 90% full on the nights of April 30 and May 1, such as the Topas Ecolodge, Sapa Jade Hill Resort and the central hotel Eden Boutique. , Muong Hoa View Hotel…
Tran Thanh Thuy, Vice President of the Sapa (Lao Cai) Tourism Association, said that because the upscale hotel segment in Sa Pa is not very large, some tourists book earlier than last year, to avoid running out of rooms. He said that upscale hotels, resorts or in the center, prime location in Sa Pa is very attractive, normal weekends can reach 70% of the rooms.
Based on the tourism situation after Tet, on the occasion of the April 30-1/5 holiday, the number of visitors to Sa Pa continues to boom, many hotels are “burning” rooms,” he predicted. According to him, this year tourists will be more comfortable before the outbreak.
Similarly, many hotels near the beach in Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa; Vung Tau City is also 90% full for two days 30 April and 1 May, according to statistics from Booking.com. In Phu Quoc, Kien Giang, many resorts, 4-5 star hotels near the sea are more than 90% occupied such as Sunset Beach Resort, Anja Beach Resort, Vinholidays Fiesta…
Mr. Nguyen Vu Khac Huy, Deputy Chairman of the Kien Giang Tourism Association, said that from March 25, many hotels from 3 stars and above have reported full rooms, garages, trains are also full soon, travel companies are Working continuously to close groups for a long holiday. will come. “Given the current situation, I expect the number of visitors to be as large as on April 30 and May 1 last year. The domestic market is clearly prosperous,” he said.
Service prices are gradually returning before the epidemic
Flight tickets on routes from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City to famous tourist destinations such as Phu Quoc, Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, Da Nang, Hue… have increased by 100%. For example, tickets to Phu Quoc in the past averaged 2-3 million VND/person, on holidays up to 5 million VND.
Mr Thanh Tu said the price of 4-5 star accommodation services is also expected to increase by 30% compared to weekdays, but this price has been publicly posted on the website, agreed with the agency. from the beginning of the year. In particular, the 2-star segment is difficult to predict because it can “grow without error”, especially if many guests stay before the holiday to find rooms. “On holidays, tourists cannot expect to get combos and cheap tours which will increase by 30-50% compared to normal days,” he said.
Mr. Nguyen Hieu, CEO of Vitamin Tours Company, said that the increase in service prices during the holidays was inevitable and had been foreseen. However, this year’s room rates are higher than last year’s April 30-1/5 holiday, as some places have returned prices almost before Covid-19, when demand from the market increased.
“High-end and star-studded hotels and resorts have listed these prices. Visitors can rest assured that, although prices have not dropped as deeply as during the epidemic, accommodation facilities still offer more services, ensuring customer interest,” he said.
Business representatives suggest that travelers traveling by plane should book in advance, as the price of air tickets is increasing day by day. Customers can book tickets through agents who already have a series of tickets, rather than buying them directly in the airline system.
Regarding the room, many people book on April 30 and May 1, visitors can choose May 2-3 to get a better price, if they have plenty of time. Flight tickets to Nha Trang, Da Nang, Quy Nhon… are predicted to be more stable.
Lan Huong – Huynh Nhi