South Korea curb on budget trips from Vietnam
October 27 (TravelAndy): South Korea has recently put restrictions on Vietnamese travel agencies offering budget tours to the country at a price lower than VND12 million, said reports.
The travel agencies offering such tours would be deprived of all advertising assistance and would be banned from taking part in joint promotions held by Korean Tourism Organisation (KTO).
Earlier, a Vietnamese tourist used to be charged at least VND20 million for a trip to South Korea, but many travel agencies have now reduced package prices to as low as VND12 million.
This restriction is aimed at preventing travel firms from conducting cheap tours that often end up covering only the shopping destinations of the country. This often leaves tourists disappointed and deprives them from exploring the country.
“We have been cooperating with and supporting domestic travel firms to organise tours to South Korea, but from now on, we will cut special offers for enterprises selling their products at less than VND12 million,” Le Thi Thu Trang, marketing manager of the KTO in Vietnam, told the VietNamNet online newspaper.