Vietnam tourism in top gear

HANOI, 2 August 2017: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism estimates the country welcomed 1,036,880 international visitors in July representing an increase of 21.1% over the same month last year.

China was the top supply market with 329,319 visits improving 24.8%. Other top performers were South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and the United States.

Thailand slipped off the top 10 list recording 17,960 visits representing a marginal 0.5% increase over the same month last year.

Neighbouring Cambodia also slipped off the top 10 posting 15,979 visits down 24.3%, while Laos recorded 14,691 visits declining 9.0%.

All of the country’s top markets are in the Asia/Pacific region with the exception of the US (fifth), Russia (seventh) and the United Kingdom (ninth).

The bulk of arrivals in July (907,264) passed through the two main aviation gateways Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

For January to July, the country welcomed 7,243,216 international travellers increasing 28.8% over the same period last year.

VNAT updated its data on its website, Monday, sourced from the government statistics office.

In an effort to achieve a year-end target of 13 million visits, Vietnam tourism authorities will integrate with local authorities to heighten tourism competitiveness.

Vietnam’s Tourism Advisory Secretariat Board recently suggested the government should add six more countries to the list of those with visa exemptions to help encourage more travel to the country. The board identified Australia, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Belgium, and Switzerland.

The board also suggested that the travel period for the visa exemptions should be extended to 30 days up from the current 15 days.

Vietnam offers visa-free travel for citizens of seven countries; Japan, South Korea, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and Russia.

It also has a visa-free policy for nine ASEAN countries; Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and the Philippines.

Travellers from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain also continue to enjoy visa-free travel to Vietnam through to June 2018.