Free tours offered to reporters covering US-N Korea summit

27-Feb-2019 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Thousands of international journalists arriving in Hanoi City to cover the upcoming summit between the United States and North Korea will be offered free sightseeing tours to tourist destinations in Hanoi, Halong and Ninh Binh Province by Saigontourist Travel Service Company.

A representative from Saigontourist said that the tour operator had started its service and received registrations for the free tour programme at the International Media centre at the Friendship Cultural Palace in Hanoi City today, February 25. The special day tours are expected to run from February 27 to March 1 or 2.

Doan Thi Thanh Tra, marketing and communication director of Saigontourist, noted that as there will be some 2,600 foreign reporters coming to cover the summit, the firm aims to offer a series of tourism services and to mobilise its workforce to serve reporters wanting to join the free tours.

All expenses for the tours will be borne by Saigontourist, Tra said, adding the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has cooperated with the firm in the plan to boost the country’s tourism image in the world.

“We have yet to learn the number of reporters interested in taking the tours, but if all the journalists go on our tours, we will serve them free,” the representative of Saigontourist stated, adding that this was a chance to introduce the country and the firm to the international community.

Also, tourism experts pointed out that the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Chair Kim Jong Un has given Vietnam in general and Hanoi City in particular a chance to popularise its image among its global friends.

Launching free tours for the reporters is an effective way to introduce the country’s tourist sites, the experts noted, adding that the country should prioritise a strong communication campaign related to Vietnam’s tourist attractions and highlights.

Nguyen Quoc Ky, general director of local tour operator Vietravel, said that if the foreign journalists are invited to take the free tours to explore the country’s tourism sector, they may partly contribute to Vietnam’s tourism marketing plan through their articles.


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