Vietnam targets Indian tourist traffic, more direct flights on the horizon | India News

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DA NANG (VIETNAM): As several countries rush to line up to cope with the influx of tourists from India ahead of the post-Covid holiday season, Vietnam is also making progress.
The first step was to boost flight services from the Southeast Asian country known for its beaches and rivers to India. Viet Jetone of the country’s leading airlines, is spearheading this campaign.
Tourism department officials with Subhash Prasad Gupta, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India in Vietnam and Cao Tri Dungchairman of the Da Nang Tourism Association, explained the long-term strategy to attract visitors at a recent seminar.
Da Nang, the port city in central Vietnam, will see direct VietJet flights to Mumbai. It will also offer flights connecting Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Bangalore (four times a week) from September 30, October 9 and November 2 respectively via VietJet.
India already has an air link with Vietnam with three to four flights per week from Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi and Phu Quoc as far as VietJet is concerned. At least two other airlines also connect India to Vietnam.
“The idea is to satisfy as many Indian travelers as possible and make them memorable,” said Truong Thi Hong Hanh, director of Da Nang’s tourism department.
Da Nang is a popular base for those visiting the inland Bà Nà hills, home to the must-see “Hands of God”, a golden-hued bridge supported by two gigantic hands, now on the bucket list of many travelers including newly weds.
Incidentally, VietJet announced the launch of its “Love Connection for Indian couples” campaign. It offers opportunities for a dream honeymoon in Da Nang and Phu Quoc, known for its white sand beaches and turquoise waters.
Vietnam is also keen to showcase lesser-known places like Hoi An and Hue. The ancient town of Hoi An is a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th to 19th centuries. Its buildings and street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.
Hue is best known for its royal mausoleums, imperial citadel and iconic pagodas. Famous for its fantastic cuisine, Hue is not only a favorite destination for architecture lovers, but also a mecca for foodies.
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