Saigontourist expects to welcome around 80,000 international tourists, mainly Chinese, traveling on the cruise ship SuperStar Aquarius from November this year to March next year.

Some 80 trips of SuperStar Aquarius of StarCruises will bring tourists on the routes from China’s Sanya to Halong Bay and Danang city during the period. The ship owner arranges three-day and two-night tours linking Sanya to Halong Bay and four-day and three-night tours taking in Sanya, Halong Bay and Danang.

Each week, Saigontourist will welcome three cruise trips in Halong Bay and one in Danang. Foreign cruise travelers will enter the country on passports and laissez-passers.

"This is our big deal. Last year, we served many tourists traveling on this cruise ship and 40 per cent of them come back this year. Especially, tourists show strong interest in and feel impressed by the beauty of Halong Bay,” said Le Quang Thang, manager of Saigontourist’s Shorex & Port Agency Department.

This year is the booming time for the cruise tourism segment with estimated year-on-year growth rate of 25-30 per cent.

"We anticipate the number of cruise tourist arrivals will amount to 130,000 in this year and 80 per cent of the plan has been completed,” Thang said.

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