This is part of promoting the city’s first River Festival scheduled to take place on August 4-6.
According to the HCM City Department of Tourism, the festival will be held in different locations such as the Saigon Cruise Port, the Bach Dang Wharf Park, the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal area, the Binh Dong Wharf, and the Suoi Tien Cultural Tourist Complex.
The event will give travel firms and lodging providers a chance to introduce their products, including river tours from HCM City to southwestern and southeastern localities.
As many as 28 firms have registered to offer waterway tours connecting HCM City with appealing discounts. For instance, a tour to see Can Gio by express boat will be discounted by 5-40 percent to at least VND599,000 (USD25.48).
Tours to visit Cu Chi by express boat will take visitors through different sites such as Cho Gao Canal and Mekong and Vam Co rivers.
Tourists can also select river tours linking HCM City with Can Tho, Ben Tre, Dong Thap and Cambodia’s Phnom Penh with promotions.
The HCM City Department of Tourism reported that in the first half of this year, the city served more than 1.94 million foreign travellers, up 306 percent year-on-year, and over 16.4 million domestic visitors, up 48 percent.