Vietnam trips up 29.7%


HANOI, 14 March 2018: Vietnam welcomed an estimated 1,431,845 tourists in February representing a 19.4% increase year-on-year.

The increase in February was attributed to Chinese New Year, which occurred later this year boosting arrivals during February.

Vietnam National Administration of Tourism reported, last week, that international arrivals for the first two months of the year reached 2,862,087, up 29.7% over the same period last year.

Predictably, Asia was the powerhouse driving tourist arrivals to Vietnam, led by China with 901,812 visits in the first two months of the year, a rise of 38.5%.

South Korean visits increased by a whopping 70%, January to February, reaching 619,705 visits.

Taiwan with 111,508 visits, up 29%, continued to be a growth market, while Japan with 137,697 visits grew just  6.2%.

Travel from Russia continued to grow during the first two months by 19.5%, clocking up 141,098 trips, the highest outside of Asia.

The other two notable mentions in Europe, delivering strong growth, were Finland with 9,032 up 37.6% and Sweden with 19,477 growing  27.4%.

This compared with the UK and France  up 11% and Germany up 9.8%

(Source: VNAT)