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Get shock with Halong tour excursion ticket increase

posted Dec 6, 2011, 11:48 PM by Dong Travel   [ updated Dec 6, 2011, 11:49 PM by Mickey Dong Hoang Thinh ]
Just a couple of weeks after Ha Long Bay was recognized as one of the seven natural wonders, the price of the excursion ticket to Ha Long Bay was increased has surprised travelers.

The ticket price has increased by 100% since December 1, 2011. Travel firms have complained that they were not warned about that before, and they could not prepare for the changes.

Since December 1, travelers have to pay VND80,000 for a ticket for the itinerary of Dau Go cavern – Thien Cung cavern - Dinh Huong island - Cho Da island – Ba Hang fishing village – Trong Mai island – Hoa Cuong fishing village. Meanwhile, the ticket is more expensive, at VND90,000 for the Titov island – Sung Sot cave – Dong Tien Lake – Me Cung cave, and VND130,000 for a place for staying at night.

Especially, if travelers want to visit some points of the fixed itineraries, they will have to buy tickets for the whole itinerary, while previously, they only had to pay tickets for the excursion to some certain points. Besides, travelers also have to pay to charter ships which bring them to the bay.

The higher excursion tickets immediately influence the number of travelers to Ha Long Bay. It was estimated there were 4500 travelers on November 2, the same as the number of the other days. However, travel firms said that most of the travelers were foreign ones, who booked tours before the day travel firms were informed about the higher excursion tickets.

Travel firms said that they should have been informed in advance about the ticket price increases several months in advance, so that they could prepare for this.

In fact, the Quang Ninh local authorities made the decision to raise the ticket on November 18, while an official notice was released on November 20. And only those, who came to the area, could hear about the information.

Tickets get more expensive, what’s next?

A question has been raised that whether the excursion ticket price increase means the improvement in the service quality.

Travel firms say that in general, all the travelers to Ha Long Bay would spend money to visit the wonderful landscape. However, travelers still complain about the poor tourism products and the infrastructure.

The quay at the Titov Island has to be upgraded after it was put into operation for a short time. Meanwhile, the quay at Thien Cung cave has not been completed after a long time of implementation. Especially, tourists do not feel safe when the quay is still under construction, while it is receiving guests at the same time. In many cases, travelers have to wait on the key to wait for the officers of the Ha Long bay management board to come to receive them.

The decision to raise the excursion ticket price to Ha Long Bay has received a lot of complaints from travel firms.

The increase of the excursion ticket price after five years of keeping unchanged price levels would not have been a problem, if the decision had not been made at this moment, just a few days after Ha Long Bay became one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Analysts have also commented that it is now not the right time to make such a decision. The Quang Ninh People’s Committee should have offered preferential tickets to be grateful to those who have voted for Ha Long Bay and to attract more travelers.

Source: VNN