Tourists from Russia visit Vietnam on chartered flights

Despite the coronavirus outbreak, Nha Trang City in Khanh Hoa province is still receiving thousands of Russian travelers each day.

350 Russian travelers at Cam Ranh Airport on February 18
350 Russian travelers at Cam Ranh Airport on February 18

The city with beautiful beaches in the central region of Vietnam receives 3-5 chartered flights each day and 300-350 travelers each flight.

The representative of a travel firm said it schedules 36,000 Russian travelers to Nha Trang a month.

He said Russian travelers still flock to the coastal city in the Covid-19 outbreak. In February, which is considered the peak time of the epidemic, the number has decreased slightly to 34,400.

Meanwhile, the number of Russian travelers registering to fly to Vietnam in March increased to 37,253.

According to the Khanh Hoa provincial Tourism Department, in 2019, the province received 463,000 Russian travelers, an increase of 4.5 percent compared with 2018, which accounted for 71.6 percent of total Russian travelers to Vietnam. In January 2020, the province received 50,000 Russian travelers.

In Q1 alone, the firm plans to bring 108,000 Russian travelers to Nha Trang. The clients of the firm occupy 6,000 hotel rooms a day.

Most Russian travelers take chartered flights which fly from Russia to Nha Trang nonstop.

According to the Khanh Hoa provincial Tourism Department, in 2019, the province received 463,000 Russian travelers, an increase of 4.5 percent compared with 2018, which accounted for 71.6 percent of total Russian travelers to Vietnam. In January 2020, the province received 50,000 Russian travelers.

A survey conducted by the department found that Russian travelers stay in Nha Trang for 14.1 days on average and have high spending level of $1,500, or $110 per day.

In addition, the opening of new nonstop air routes from Russian cities to Cam Ranh Airport has made it easier to fly to Nha Trang.

According to the tourism department, because of the Covid-2019 epidemic, the number of Chinese travelers to Khanh Hoa has decreased by 470,000, while the number of foreign travelers from other markets fell by 250,000. Meanwhile, the number of domestic travelers dropped by 300,000. However, the beaches and entertainment centers in Nha Trang are still full of Russian travelers.

The Nha Trang Tourism Association has sent a document to provincial authorities, asking for measures to help travel firms overcome difficulties caused by Covid-19 outbreak.

It proposed banks to extend debt payment and allow late payment of loan interests until the epidemic ends and the business returns to normal.
It also proposed to extend the 2019 corporate income tax payment deadline until December 31, 2020 and apply the VAT of 5 percent instead of 10 percent until December 31, 2020.

Local travel firms also want to seek new sources of travelers from Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, India and Japan to replace Chinese travelers which are on the decline.