The trend of staycations has become noticeable following the relaxation of social distancing restrictions after four months of being locked up at home.
Since early October, many HCMC residents have spent weekends in upscale downtown hotels or ecotourism sites in the two rural districts of Can Gio and Cu Chi.
Xuan Dong, who had just booked rooms for a group of five friends at Dan Xay’s tourist site in Can Gio over the weekend, said, “The receptionist told me that the rooms in their floating homes were almost completely empty. reserved.
My Duc, a resident of Binh Thanh district, had tried to book a large room earlier this month at a five-story hotel in Can Gio for just 380,000 VND ($ 16.67) per night, but the receptionist said that only smaller rooms were available. .
Since October 1, when hotels and other residential services were allowed to reopen but are operating at half of their maximum capacity, hotels in Can Gio, Cu Chi and downtown have received more customers.
In recent days, some five-star hotels in the city are offering attractive rates of VND 1.1 to 1.5 million per room per night to attract customers. Many hotels are hoping to exploit the trend of stays with reduced rates and added sweeteners like free room upgrades and early check-in.
Huynh Thi Mai Thy, country manager of the online booking platform Traveloka Vietnam, said the stay has become a trend as it is still not easy to reach far-flung destinations in the interior of the country. “We expect the trend to continue, especially in large cities,” she said.
Nguyen Trung Cong, director of the hotel reservation platform iVIVU.com, said more hotels in HCMC have reopened since mid-October and more people are enjoying their weekends in hotels in the city or neighboring provinces like Binh Duong and Dong Nai.
HCMC’s tourism revival plan calls for the reopening of interprovincial tourism in November and international tourism next year. People will be moving to more distant destinations starting next month, many travel agents predict.
According to HCMC’s statistics office, the city recorded income from accommodation services of just VND 35 billion in September, down 20.5% from August and 93.2% from September 2020. Most of the people staying at the hotels last month were medical workers and anti-Covid volunteers from other localities.
The municipal statistics office reports that HCMC generated revenue from accommodation services of VND 3.166 trillion and tourism and travel revenue of VND 2.490 trillion in the first nine months of this year, in year-on-year decrease of 25.7% and 56.2% respectively.