Russian tourists to Vietnam decline with ruble’s fall

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A Russian girl plays with sand at Mui Ne beach in south-central Vietnam. Photo: Que Ha A Russian girl plays with sand at Mui Ne beach in south-central Vietnam. Photo: Que Ha

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The ruble's dramatic slide has coincided with a significant drop in the number of Russian tourists heading for Vietnam, the Saigon Times reported.
Hoang Thi Phong Thu, chairwoman of Anh Duong Company, said her firm has offered up to 50 percent discounts, but remains unable to fill their upcoming charter flights at a time when Russians are typically eager to escape the winter weather.
“The ruble has fallen by more than 60 percent against the dollar so far this year. We have reduced prices but are attracting few buyers. Some flights have been cancelled,” said the chairwoman of Anh Duong, a partner of Russian tourism company Pegas Touristik and one of Vietnam’s leading Russian tour companies.
Many tourism companies in Vietnam said that although there has been no significant reduction in the number of Russian tourists visiting Vietnam, bookings have fallen drastically.
Some said bookings for December have been half as prominent as in previous months.
Other companies said they've already suffered losses through charter flights from Russia and they will have to cancel many flights if the number of Russian tourists continues to decline.
Vietnam Airlines said it began reconsidering its direct flights to Russia due to the declining number of passengers.
According to Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, the country attracted 330,000 Russian tourists in the first 11 months this year, a 25 percent increase over last year.

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