October the 7th month to witness Vietnam welcoming over 1 million international visitors
Monday, 2017-10-30 03:54:21
NDO – Vietnam once again welcomed over 1 million international tourists this month, an increase of 5% over September, announced the General Statistics Office on October 29.
According to the latest statistics, international tourist arrivals to Vietnam in October increased 24.7% from the same period last year. It was the seventh month since the beginning of this year in which Vietnam has welcomed more than 1 million foreign visitors.
The highest growth was seen in travellers from Asia at 29.4%, followed by those from Africa with 23.6%, Oceania 20.7%, Europe 8.3%, and America 8%.
For the ten month period, more than 10.47 million foreigners visited the country during Jan-Oct, up 28.1% annually, of which arrivals by air reached over 8.8 million (up 31%), by road almost 1.4 million (up 18%) and arriving by sea more than 204,000 (down 8%).
The biggest increase, in the first ten months this year, was reported in Asian visitors at 32.8%, with over 7.8 million. Tourists from the Republic of Korea rose by nearly 54%, the highest during the period, while Chinese visitors came in second with a surge of 45.6%, reaching over 3.2 million.
Visitors from Europe in the past ten months also increased by 18.1% over the same period last year, of which the strongest increase was from Russia (up 38.3%). Visitors from Western European countries that Vietnam offers visa-free exemptions, including the UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy, also increased, with the most coming from Spain (up 20.6%).
Since the beginning of the year, Vietnam has set a target for tourism growth of 15% and welcoming 11.5 million international visitors in 2017. However, with impressive growth over each past month, Vietnam is likely to receive 13 million foreign tourists this year, especially with a large number of international guests coming to attend the APEC Summit in Da Nang next month.
The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has made significant efforts to boost tourism since the beginning of this year, with a focus on tourism promotion campaigns in Vietnam’s key markets. The tourism industry also participated in international tourism fairs, while hosting international delegations from potential markets in order to survey Vietnam’s tourism market.
In particular, during the peak three months from August to October, VNAT organised many promotion events and introduced Vietnamese tourism in Australia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other European countries.
For the rest of 2017, the tourism industry is urgently deploying specific and feasible solutions to fulfill the target of receiving 13 million foreign visitors to Vietnam, in particular, attracting visitors from near markets with potential for growth, such as China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, ASEAN, and Russia.
It also plans to take advantage of the upcoming APEC Economic Leaders’ Week 2017 in Da Nang to promote Vietnam’s beauty to international friends, thus creating long-lasting marks and brands for Vietnamese tourism.
In 2016, Vietnam welcomed over 10 million international visitors.