Travel agents in VN suffer loss due to Thai political chaos

January 20, 2014 | 09:30
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Many travel agents in Vietnam have to cancel tours to Thailand because of its current political chaos.


They are afraid that Vietnamese tourists could get stuck in Thailand because violence may erupt after the election day in Thailand which falls on February 2 – the third day of the lunar calendar.

Tours to Thailand occupy 15 to 35 percent of all tours for the Tet festival so travel agents in Vietnam and airlines have suffered big losses.

Tuoi Tre phoned some local travel agents that advertised tours to Thailand during Tet, and was told “All seats are booked” or “We receive no more clients”. But it’s not true.

“We have to cancel tours to Thailand during Tet festival for 16 groups of clients. We dare not take risks” – said Tu Quy Thanh, director of Lien Bang travel agent.

Thanh said customers will be given priorities to book outbound tours which require no visa like Malaysia, Singapore, and Cambodia.

If they choose inbound tours, they will receive discount from VND500,000 to VND800,000 for each tour, Thanh added.

According to travel agents which operate tours to Thailand, Thai International Airways also canceled three flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok because many customers have canceled their tickets.

Thousands of air tickets for flights from Vietnam to Thailand, which many travel agents had previously scrambled for, have also been returned.

Some airlines allow travel agents to change their flight schedules.

 

Tuoi Tre

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