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Saigontourist to build more boat stops for waterway tourism

Dao Loan
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Saigontourist to build more boat stops for waterway tourism

Dao Loan

Foreign tourists get on board a tourist boat at Tan Cang tourist site invested by Saigontourist - PHOTO: DAO LOAN

HCMC – Saigontourist Holding Company, Vietnam’s leading tour operator, on September 28 introduced seven new waterway routes and five motor boats taking tourists to destinations in HCMC and neighboring areas and announced to build more boat stops to develop waterway tourism in the city.

Seven tours are from Tan Cang to Binh Duong-Ben Dinh, Binh Duong-Hai Thanh Koi farm, mangrove forests and Can Thanh in Can Gio District, Thanh Da Island, Ben Dinh, Long Phuoc in District 9 and Vam Sat.

Saigontourist general director Tran Hung Viet said many members of the company, including Binh Quoi Tourist Village, Saigontourist Travel Service and Vam Sat Tourist Site, have operated waterway routes. In addition to boats and tourist attractions, the company has invested in wharfs, piers and stations for boats at Tan Cang and Binh Quoi 2 tourist sites and will develop a wharf at Saigon South tourist site in District 7.

The company has added more tourist attractions and services to make these tours more attractive, Viet noted.
Vo Anh Tai, deputy general director of Saigontourist, said the firm will focus on both international and domestic visitors, especially urban people and students.

Tours to Can Gio District are suitable for students and the company will set attractive prices to lure such customers.

Saigontourist sells waterway tours at its travel agents, hotels and restaurants, and promotes them on social and mass media. The products have been also introduced at overseas fairs such as Top Resa exhibition in France this month, ITB travel trade show in Singapore and World Travel Market (WTM) in the UK at the end of this year.

In June, the HCMC government approved a waterway tourism development plan in the 2017-2020 which focuses on waterway tourism. At least seven waterway tourism routes were expected to be developed on the Saigon, Dong Nai, Nha Be, Soai Rap and Long Tau rivers by 2020.

The city targets to attract 450,000 tourists using waterway services next year and the number will increase 15% annually.

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