The nearby sea tourism getting suffered poor efficiency in numerous prior years has gradually revived in current occasions and this year it even has powerful expectation of achieving much better growth, nearby agents stated.
Numerous cruise ships operating in Asian regions have re-scheduled normal routes to Vietnam whilst some other people operating on routes all over the world have begun dropping by a couple of little ports at house in addition to familiar destinations like Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang.
ORION, an Australian five-star cruise ship having a capacity of 100 passengers, will take foreign guests to a series of little seaports like Phan Thiet, Phu Yen and Cat Ba, but will nonetheless drop anchor at Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City and may Tho. Such cruise ships have increasingly shown keen interest in Vietnam.
Bigger ships like Royal Caribbean, Costa Crociere S.p.A, StarCruises or Silversea Cruises have mobilized much more vessels or re-scheduled normal calls at Vietnam.
Phan Xuan Anh, chairman of Viet Excursion, a tourism agent for many foreign cruise ships which includes P&O Cruises from Britain, AIDACARA from Germany, or Regent Cruises from America, stated that the sea tourism market had quite prospered last year but its real revival and development has just begun this year.
Sharing the same idea with Anh of Viet Excursion, Vu Duy Vu, deputy director of Saigontourist Travel Service Co., the country's leading company in terms of sea tourism, forecast the sea tourism sector would gain stronger and much more stable growth this year.
"Big contracts with StarCruises for about 5 months from late last year have brought here hundreds of thousands of travelers in addition to those on other ships that have nonetheless maintained the route to the nation during this year," Vu stated.
According to Vietnam travel agencies, seaports in the central region such as Thua Thien Hue and Danang have greatly attracted tourists by sea, especially vessels from Hong Kong and Singapore.
Specially, Halong remains the most attractive destination of Vietnam tour as it is near China, a highly-potential market for the sea tourism industry where several ship operators have sent their vessels there. Also, it has an advantageous location to go to other Northeast Asian markets like Taiwan, South Korea or Japan.