Travellers extending their stay

MORE travellers than ever before are extending their stays in South East Asia at either the commencement or conclusion of their trip, according to Wendy Wu Tours.

The operator’s head of product, Bernadette Holmes, said the ease for Australians to get to South East Asia made it the perfect place to explore.

“We’re seeing people add a Mekong cruise or beach stay to give them the time to really relax, combined with the cultural experience of being on tour,” she said.

Wendy Wu Tours has also launched flexible touring to cater to a growing number of return travellers to South East Asia.

Holmes said the program allowed guests to personalise their experience, with a good combination of touring that met their needs.

“We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people booking a private tour or tailormade holiday to the region, giving them the confidence and assurance that our 24 years of experience brings, combined with the ability to co-create their bespoke itinerary to further off-the-beaten-path locations,” she said.

The operator has seen an increase in demand for Laos as well as Cambodia, followed by Northern Thailand which had been particularly popular for Australians.

Wendy Wu Tours will also push the pre- and-post tour trip with the launch of a free stopover from 1 February in either Singapore or Hong Kong with any South East Asia, India or Sri Lanka tour.

“South East Asia is also the ideal destination to add in a stopover in Hong Kong or Singapore,” Holmes said.