HCMC – Khanh Hoa Province is preparing to welcome back tourists from Kazakhstan, Russia and some countries in Eastern Europe, including increasing the number of flights between Kazakhstan and the Vietnamese coastal province.
After months of suspension induced by the Russia-Ukraine military conflict, tourists from Kazakhstan, Russia and some Eastern European nations are expected to return to Khanh Hoa this month.
Anex Vietnam Travel and Trading Co., Ltd. will collaborate with local low-cost carrier Vietjet Air to carry tourists from Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan, to Khanh Hoa from the end of this month, Bui Quoc Dai, deputy managing director of the company, said yesterday, October 3, reported Tuoi Tre Online.
As planned, the carrier would operate two weekly flights on the Cam Ranh-Almaty route from the end of this month to April next year.
The first flight is scheduled to depart from the Cam Ranh International Airport to the Almaty International Airport on October 25. It would return from Kazakhstan the following day. Each flight would transport some 180-200 passengers, according to Dai.
Tourists from Kazakhstan would spend their vacations for one to four weeks at hotels and resorts in Khanh Hoa, go shopping and take a city tour, among others.
Previously, Khanh Hoa received a modest number of tourists from Kazakhstan who mainly flew to the south-central province via charter flights. This time, Anex Vietnam will focus on exploiting this tourism market, Dai said.
The Kazakh market has many things in common with the Russian market, which has been among the source tourism markets of Khanh Hoa.
Tourists from these markets take long-term vacations outside their countries over the winter season, which starts in October, and its people normally have one month off from work.
Besides, the Kazakh people also speak Russian daily, while Khanh Hoa is home to many travel and lodging facilities to serve Russian guests.
Hence, it would be easy for the province to serve those from Kazakhstan.
Tran Minh Duc, vice chairman of the Nha Trang-Khanh Hoa Tourism Association, recommended tourism service providers in the province upgrade their facilities and work to introduce more attractive travel products to visitors.
According to Nguyen Thi Le Thanh, director of the Khanh Hoa Tourism Department, the launch of the direct air link to bring back tourists from Kazakhstan and some Eastern European countries to Khanh Hoa would help diversify the province’s international tourism market.