Tourism arrivals in Vietnam on steady growth trajectory

Tourism Arrivals In Vietnam On Steady Growth Trajectory
Unspoiled beach in the coastal city of Da Nang in central Vietnam © Arno Maierbrugger

International visitor arrivals to Vietnam in the first quarter of 2019 improved seven per cent to reach 4,500,114 visits, with China, South Korea, Japan, US, Russia and Taiwan being the largest source markets. During March, the country registered 1,410,187 arrivals, up five per cent year-on-year.

Although the number of visitors from China, the top supply market with 1,281,073 arrivals in the period, slipped by 5.6 per cent over the first quarter in 2018, South Korea was narrowing the gap with 1,107,794 visits and clocking a growth rate of 24.1 per cent.  If the two markets continue to perform this way, South Korea could become Vietnam’s lead market by half-year.

Third-placed Japan, always a stable market for Vietnam, recorded 233,335 visits in the first quarter, an increase of 8.3 per cent. The US followed with 219,700 visitors, Russia with 215,618 and Taiwan with 207,095 visitors.

Positive indicators show that emerging markets in Asia as tourist sources are performing better for Vietnam due to visa-free entry and the increase in low-cost airline services. Other growth is potentially owing to the extension of the list of countries that qualify for its e-visa scheme from 34 to 80 on February 1, 2019.

The bright spots for source markets in Europe included Norway, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden and Italy, all reporting double-digit growth rates. Traditional markets such as the UK and France were both up by four per cent, and Germany up six per cent.

There are now 16 border gates and nine ports in Vietnam where foreigners can enter using the e-visa after more international border gates have been added. Travelers holding an e-visa authorisation can now enter at Tay Trang in the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien, Na Meo in the central province of Thanh Hoa, La Lay in the central province of Quang Tri, Duong Dong port in the southern province of Kien Giang and Chan May port in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.

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Unspoiled beach in the coastal city of Da Nang in central Vietnam © Arno Maierbrugger International visitor arrivals to Vietnam in the first quarter of 2019 improved seven per cent to reach 4,500,114 visits, with China, South Korea, Japan, US, Russia and Taiwan being the largest source markets. During March, the country registered 1,410,187 arrivals, up five per cent year-on-year. Although the number of visitors from China, the top supply market with 1,281,073 arrivals in the period, slipped by 5.6 per cent over the first quarter in 2018, South Korea was narrowing the gap with 1,107,794 visits and clocking a...

Tourism Arrivals In Vietnam On Steady Growth Trajectory
Unspoiled beach in the coastal city of Da Nang in central Vietnam © Arno Maierbrugger

International visitor arrivals to Vietnam in the first quarter of 2019 improved seven per cent to reach 4,500,114 visits, with China, South Korea, Japan, US, Russia and Taiwan being the largest source markets. During March, the country registered 1,410,187 arrivals, up five per cent year-on-year.

Although the number of visitors from China, the top supply market with 1,281,073 arrivals in the period, slipped by 5.6 per cent over the first quarter in 2018, South Korea was narrowing the gap with 1,107,794 visits and clocking a growth rate of 24.1 per cent.  If the two markets continue to perform this way, South Korea could become Vietnam’s lead market by half-year.

Third-placed Japan, always a stable market for Vietnam, recorded 233,335 visits in the first quarter, an increase of 8.3 per cent. The US followed with 219,700 visitors, Russia with 215,618 and Taiwan with 207,095 visitors.

Positive indicators show that emerging markets in Asia as tourist sources are performing better for Vietnam due to visa-free entry and the increase in low-cost airline services. Other growth is potentially owing to the extension of the list of countries that qualify for its e-visa scheme from 34 to 80 on February 1, 2019.

The bright spots for source markets in Europe included Norway, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden and Italy, all reporting double-digit growth rates. Traditional markets such as the UK and France were both up by four per cent, and Germany up six per cent.

There are now 16 border gates and nine ports in Vietnam where foreigners can enter using the e-visa after more international border gates have been added. Travelers holding an e-visa authorisation can now enter at Tay Trang in the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien, Na Meo in the central province of Thanh Hoa, La Lay in the central province of Quang Tri, Duong Dong port in the southern province of Kien Giang and Chan May port in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.

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