Vietnamese tourism achieves record foreign visits
  • |, HNM | November 29, 2019 09:33 PM
Vietnam’s tourism industry has seen a new record serving around 16.3 million international visitors, up 15.4% on-year.

According to the General Statistics Office (GSO), tourists coming to Vietnam by air accounted for 79.8%, up 14.1% on-year.

Among those, visitors from Asia totalled 13 million, representing 79.6%, up 18.2%.


Foreign tourists in Vietnam

Many Asian markets witnessed a rise in tourists to Vietnam during the 11-month period with Thailand (47.1%), Taiwan (30.2%), South Korea (22.3%), Japan (15.4%), Malaysia (12.9%). Some countries saw the fall such as Hong Kong (37.5%) and Laos (18.3%).

Those from Europe increased by 6.3% with the highest from Russia, the UK and Germany.

Visitors from the Americas grew by 7.4% with those from the US being the majority.

Between January and November, tourism revenues were estimated at VND41.7 trillion (USD1.81 billion), up 12.2% from a year earlier. This is attributed to some localities’ efforts in tourism promotion programmes.

Vietnam has set a goal of welcoming 17.5-18 million international holidaymakers and 85 million local visitors.

The Vietnam Travel & Tourism Summit 2019 is scheduled to take place in Hanoi in early December and should offer an opportunity for enterprises and investors in Vietnam and abroad to look at strategies and potential, as well as challenges, for tourism development.

The event is aimed to promote sustainable development for Vietnam's tourism sector, enhance national tourism competitiveness to move up 10-15 levels in 2021, and increase the sector’s direct contribution to GDP from 8.39% in 2018 to over 10% in 2021.

The delegates will also discuss the infrastructure of Vietnamese tourism, and measures to attract investment and training in the field. The third target is to realise a common ASEAN Open Sky aviation market, the first of its kind in the Mekong countries (CLMTV) community.

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