Vietnam tourism arrivals surge 20%, hit new record

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Vietnam Tourism Arrivals Surge 20%, Hit New Record
Old quarter in Hoi An © Arno Maierbrugger

Vietnam closed 2018 almost spot on its target of tourist arrivals, counting 15,497,791 international visitors which represented an increase of 19.9 per cent over 2017. The official target for the year was set at 15.5 million.

December closed with an estimated 1,374,235 arrivals, up 7.7 per cent over the same month last year, according to data collected by the Government Statistics Organisation.

Arrivals data confirmed the dominance of Asia credited with Vietnam’s four top markets. The region supplied 12,075,466 visits, led by China totaling 4,966,468 visits and representing a substantial climb of 23.9 per cent. Only second placed South Korea achieved a stronger growth rate of 44.3 per cent on a respectable score of 3,485,406 visits. The other two were Japan in third place with 826,674 visits representing an improvement of just 3.6 per cent and Taiwan with 714,112 visits, up 15.9 per cent.

In fifth place, the US supplied 687,226 visits, an increase of 11.9 per cent, the only market outside of Asia in the top five suppliers.  Russia was a notable high ranker in sixth place with 606,6387 visits, up 5.7 per cent, just ahead of Malaysia that supplied 540,119 visits up 12.4 per cent.

Vietnam is hosting the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Halong Bay from January 14 to 18, which should boost travel bookings due to a strong delegation of travel buyers from Europe. It is also understood that Hong Kong will be a prime target for promotions this year. The market is underperforming with just 60,208 visits in 2018, but the growth rate of 30.4 per cent was described as encouraging.

Another encouraging market is Finland with 22,785 visits in 2018 representing an improvement of 24.9 per cent.

On the downside, neighbours with land borders, namely Cambodia and Laos, both recorded declines in travel to Vietnam in 2018. Registering 202,954 visits, Cambodia was down 8.8 per cent, while 120,009 visits from Laos meant a decline by 15.2 per cent. They were only two markets that deteriorated.

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[caption id="attachment_32381" align="alignleft" width="300"] Old quarter in Hoi An © Arno Maierbrugger[/caption] Vietnam closed 2018 almost spot on its target of tourist arrivals, counting 15,497,791 international visitors which represented an increase of 19.9 per cent over 2017. The official target for the year was set at 15.5 million. December closed with an estimated 1,374,235 arrivals, up 7.7 per cent over the same month last year, according to data collected by the Government Statistics Organisation. Arrivals data confirmed the dominance of Asia credited with Vietnam’s four top markets. The region supplied 12,075,466 visits, led by China totaling 4,966,468 visits and representing...

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Vietnam Tourism Arrivals Surge 20%, Hit New Record
Old quarter in Hoi An © Arno Maierbrugger

Vietnam closed 2018 almost spot on its target of tourist arrivals, counting 15,497,791 international visitors which represented an increase of 19.9 per cent over 2017. The official target for the year was set at 15.5 million.

December closed with an estimated 1,374,235 arrivals, up 7.7 per cent over the same month last year, according to data collected by the Government Statistics Organisation.

Arrivals data confirmed the dominance of Asia credited with Vietnam’s four top markets. The region supplied 12,075,466 visits, led by China totaling 4,966,468 visits and representing a substantial climb of 23.9 per cent. Only second placed South Korea achieved a stronger growth rate of 44.3 per cent on a respectable score of 3,485,406 visits. The other two were Japan in third place with 826,674 visits representing an improvement of just 3.6 per cent and Taiwan with 714,112 visits, up 15.9 per cent.

In fifth place, the US supplied 687,226 visits, an increase of 11.9 per cent, the only market outside of Asia in the top five suppliers.  Russia was a notable high ranker in sixth place with 606,6387 visits, up 5.7 per cent, just ahead of Malaysia that supplied 540,119 visits up 12.4 per cent.

Vietnam is hosting the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Halong Bay from January 14 to 18, which should boost travel bookings due to a strong delegation of travel buyers from Europe. It is also understood that Hong Kong will be a prime target for promotions this year. The market is underperforming with just 60,208 visits in 2018, but the growth rate of 30.4 per cent was described as encouraging.

Another encouraging market is Finland with 22,785 visits in 2018 representing an improvement of 24.9 per cent.

On the downside, neighbours with land borders, namely Cambodia and Laos, both recorded declines in travel to Vietnam in 2018. Registering 202,954 visits, Cambodia was down 8.8 per cent, while 120,009 visits from Laos meant a decline by 15.2 per cent. They were only two markets that deteriorated.

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