Inbound demand robust for Vietnam in first four months

Growth seen from most major Asian markets; Halong Bay pictured

Vietnam recorded more than 5.5 million tourist arrivals from January to April 2018, a year-on-year rise of 29.5%, according to the General Statistics Office.

The strongest growth came from Asia, which climbed 36% from the same period last year, with improvements reported in most of the major markets such as South Korea (67.3%), China (39.7%), Malaysia (16.3%), Taiwan (14.3%), Thailand (9.2%), Singapore (8%) and Japan (7%).

Growth seen from most major Asian markets; Halong Bay pictured

Meanwhile, the number of European visitors rose by 12.9%, with growth seen from a number of countries including in Italy (19.7%), Russia (13.4%), the UK (11.1%), France (8.6%) and Germany (8%).

Vietnam also welcomed more holidaymakers from Africa (22.5%), Americas (13.4%) and Oceania (12.6%).

In April alone, Vietnam greeted over 1.3 million international vacationers, up 25.2% due to various happenings in the country such as the Vietnam International Travel Mart and Vietnam’s Ethnic Culture Day in Hanoi, the tourism festival in Ho Chi Minh City, the Mon Asian Food Festival in Hanoi and Quang Ninh Province, and the opening ceremony of the National Tourism Year 2018 in Quang Ninh.

In 2017, Vietnam achieved a record of 12.9 million foreign visitors, a year-on-year increase of 29.1%.

The country is targeting more than 15.5 million international tourists in 2018.

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