Hanoi, Vietnam -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/24/2013 -- It appears that British holiday makers have finally caught on to the idea of Vietnam as a great holiday destination. In the last twelve months, sales of Vietnamese currency in the UK have doubled. Two years ago Vietnam Airlines launched the first direct flights between the two countries, Linking Hanoi with Gatwick, London. Now travel agencies and The Post Office, have revealed that sales of the Vietnamese Dong are up by a staggering 106% over the previous twelve month period.
In the last few years numbers of holiday makers from China have been increasing steadily, and this latest news is seen as further proof that Vietnam’s more aggressive stance regarding what it has to offer is paying off. For years, Vietnam has been something of the poor relation, when it comes to tourism figures within Southeast Asia. In the past it seemed to adopt a kind of, if they like it they will come, approach to enticing people in. Now realising the enormous potential of the tourism industry within the country, it is proud to shout from the rooftops about the fabulous destinations it has to offer.
Thirty years ago, many Vietnamese of course fled the horrors in their own country. Many of them arrived as refugees in Britain. Despite early problems the community has thrived and it is estimated that there are currently 55,000 Vietnamese people living in England and Wales. 20,000 of these are undocumented, whilst a further 5,000 are studying in the UK. The majority of all of these live in and around London. They have never quite made it into the public consciousness. It is thought that in recent years, many have made their first trips back home. This is of course further boosting the numbers.
A recent television show also featured Vietnam quite strongly. Claiming a TV show to influence travel trends to such a degree, may seem a bit tenuous. However, Top Gear, is no ordinary show. This is the most watched TV show in the world. Their recent escapades in Vietnam, were watched by millions. The superb scenery of Halong Bay and the Central Coast area featured strongly and bookings immediately spiked.
It seems that all these conditions coming together at the same moment in history has caused the huge interest in Vietnamese Holidays that we are now seeing. Tavel agencies all over the UK are reporting record numbers in holiday bookings to Vietnam. The time could not be better for the recent announcement regarding the possibilities of multiple country entry visas within the region. Almost weekly there seems to be some good news for the travel industry in this country.
Mr. Tran Truong, CEO, Asia Tour Advisory says, “Every week, there appears to be some news. It has been a fantastic year for the Vietnamese tourist Industry. We get used to up and downs in our business. Recently it has been up and ups all the way. There has never been a better time to visit Vietnam and more people than ever are doing just that.”
It looks like being a record year for the industry.
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