HANOI, 6 July 2018: International visitors to Vietnam totalled more than 7 million during January to June, this year, an increase of 27.2%.
Vietnam National Tourism Administration, reporting on the six-month performance, quoted Government Statistics Office data that showed 7,891,530 arrivals registered at air, land and sea international border checkpoints.
During June, the count reached 1,183,102 arrivals, an increase of 1.9% over May and 24.6% over June, last year.
In 2017, the country welcomed 12.9 million visitors, up 29.1%.
As expected China is the pivotal market that can ensure an on-target performance this year. Over the six months it delivered 2,568,842 visitors, an impressive 36.1% gain.
Barring a political, or social pushback against the flood of Chinese tour groups, the forecast is positive even during the monsoon season.
An emerging Indonesian market saw a substantial 72.9% improvement in arrivals during June alone (9,671) albeit on a low-base when compared with June 2017.
But it indicates the presence of a potentially strong market that Vietnam could develop probably through low-cost airlines.
Vietnam’s challenge is to build arrivals from secondary markets beyond the big-five suppliers and develop a positive environment and services to encourage Muslim tourists, particularly from Malaysia and Indonesia.
Asia dominates the count during the first half of the year, supplying 6,067,235 arrivals, up by an impressive 32.7%. The second largest market Europe totalled 1,067,489 visits, up 11%.
There are no surprises in the list of the top five suppliers over the first six months.
China leads with 2,568,842, up 36.1%, Korea second with 1,713,604, up by a massive 60%, Japan 404,012, up 6.6%, USA 369,641, up 15.4% and Taiwan 338,956, up 13.8%.
Other notable supply markets are: Russia 338,393 (+ 7.9%); Malaysia 265,109 (+14.5%); Thailand 168,759 (+ 10.7%); UK 158,048 (+ 9.0%) and France 153,298 (+ 12.6%).
|June 2018 (June 2018 (estimate)
|Accrued for 6 Accrued for 6 months of 2018(Arrivals)
| Jun June 2018 vs, May 2018
2May 2018 (%)
|June 2018, Jun June 2018 vs, June 2017 (%)
e 2017 (%)
6 months 2018 vs, 6 months 2017 (%)
18 vs, 6 2017 (
|By means of transportation|
|1. By air||986,219||6,369,589||103.9||115.6||122.2|
|2. By sea||16,067||173,689||103.2||535.0||101.7|
|3. By road||180,816||1,348,252||91.9||193.7||163.7|
|Other Asian markets||19,650||142,301||94.7||117.6||120.0|