Travel companies in Vietnam are working at full capacity to serve the demands of fans hoping to watch their Olympic football team play live at the ASIAD semifinal match in Indonesia on August 29.
Vietnam defeated Syria 1-0 in the quarterfinal match of the ongoing Asian Games 2018 (ASIAD) on August 27. The only goal was scored in the 108th minute by Van Toan (number 8), who replaced striker Cong Phuong in the 82nd minute.
Vietnam will meet the Republic of Korea in the semifinals at 4 pm on August 29. This is the first time Vietnam has entered the semifinals in ASIAD football.
As the date approaches, tours bringing Vietnamese fans to Indonesia to support their players are quickly becoming sold out.
Le Cong Nang, head of the marketing and communication department at Vietrantour, said the company is operating a two day and one night tour to Jakarta costing 15.9 million VND (683.7 USD) per person, with fans receiving Vietnam flag T-shirts, hats, and banners as gifts.
Nang noted that there were not many seats remaining on the tour, and that Vietrantour is negotiating for more spaces.
Facing a similar situation, the Hanoi Red Tours travel firm announced that its 100 seats for football fans to Indonesia are running out and its negotiation with airlines has begun.
Hanoi Red Tours is even offering a four day tour that allow fans to watch both the semifinal and final matches, with the price reaching 30.5 million VND (1,310 USD) per person. The company also offers a 2 million VND (86 USD) discount for any travellers bearing the same name as player Van Toan, who scored the only goal for Vietnam in the quarterfinal match.
Vitours, a leading travel company in the central region, has decided to run a charter flight using Vietnam Airlines aircraft between the central city of Da Nang direct to Jakarta, as part of its ASIAD football semifinal tour. The trip costs 15.9 million VND per passenger. The flight will depart Da Nang on August 29 and return from Jakarta on August 30.
Viettravel company has also hired an aircraft to carry 220 fans to Jakarta on the morning of August 29. The tour costs 12.99 million VND (558.57 USD) per passenger from Ho Chi Minh City, and 15.99 million VND (687.57 USD) per passenger from Hanoi. –VNA