New flights boost Danang’s tourism fortunes

Airlines improve travel to sandy Vietnam coast
New direct flights connecting Bangkok with Danang on the Vietnamese coast will likely boost the business travel landscape in central Vietnam, industry insiders tell TTG Asia.
Bangkok Airways launched flights four times a week between Danang and Bangkok in May, which was quickly followed by Vietnam Airlines’ launch of an identical route with the same frequency last month.
“This will certainly be good for business and international leisure travellers wanting to explore central Vietnam and the north,” Jack Bartholomew, Khiri Travel’s director for Indochina, said.
Vietnam’s third largest city and major Vietnamese port, Danang, welcomed 659,000 tourists between January and May, a 26% increase year-on-year. It is also the gateway to the popular tourist destinations of Hoi An and Hue.
Tinh Huynh, founder of Danang-based travel consultants Green Age, hopes the new flights will lead to more investment in developing central Vietnam as a travel destination.
“International travellers don’t have to go to Ho Chi Minh City now so it opens up this part of the country more,” he said, urging the authorities to roll out stronger marketing strategies to capitalise on the new services.
TTG Asia

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