“We’ve launched the itinerary to reflect the growing number of requests we’re receiving for upscale programs,” said Tim Russell, director of Come & Go Vietnam, which is based in Ho Chi Minh City.
“Luxury travel is the tourism industry’s fastest-growing sector, and that applies to Vietnam as much as anywhere else," he added.
Once seen as a budget to mid-range destination, Vietnam has moved upscale in recent years - a development reflected in its growing portfolio of gourmet restaurants and luxury resorts.
This trend has prompted Come & Go to introduce a 14D/13N Luxury Vietnam package for FITs, which takes customers on a north-to-south journey starting in Hanoi, through Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An and the Mekong Delta, and ending in Ho Chi Minh City. The tour can also be undertaken in the opposite direction.
Guests stay in top-end properties such as the Sofitel Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, the Nam Hai resort in Hoi An, and the Park Hyatt Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City. They sample local and international cuisine at renowned dining outlets such as Restaurant Bobby Chinn and La Verticale, which is run by French chef Didier Corlou.
“We find that mid-range travelers are making their own independent travel arrangements," said Russell.
"Luxury travellers, on the other hand, tend to be cash-rich and time-poor, and are happy to pay experts to take the time putting tours together for them.”
Source: TTG Asia