Vietnam fires on all cylinders

HANOI, 4 January 2018: Vietnam attracted almost 13 million visitors in 2017 representing a remarkable 29.1% growth over the previous year.

Provisional figures based on the Government Statistics Office were released, Monday, by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.

Vietnam initially targeted 12 million tourists for 2017, but a stronger than forecast performance saw the country close the year with 12,922,152 visits.

International visits in December were estimated at 1,276,353 arrivals, an increase of 8.9% over November and 42.2% over the same month last year.

Asia dominated the supply chain in 2017 representing more than 9 million arrivals up 34% year-on-year.

The top performers were China with just over 4 million and increasing by 48.6% followed by Korea with 2.4 million, up 56.4% and Japan 798,199, up by 7.8%.

Outside of Asia, the USA was the strongest supply market with 614,117 visits, up 11.1% and Russia with 574,264 visits, up 32.3%.

A traditionally strong market for Vietnam travel from Russia slowed in 2016, but made a strong recovery in 2017, which is likely to be sustained in 2028.