Vietnam reports half-year tourist gains

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.

Vietnam appears to be right on target to reach the 15.5 million mark, this year, based on its first half-year performance.

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)
(Arrivals)(Arrivals)
Accrued for 6 Accrued for 6 months of 2018(Arrivals)

2018(Arrivals)

  Jun  June 2018 vs, May 2018

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June 2018, Jun June 2018 vs, June 2017 (%)

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6 months 2018 vs, 6 months 2017 (%)

18 vs, 6 2017 (

Total 1,183,102 7,891,530 101.9 124.6 127.2
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
By markets
1. Asia 967,996 6,067,235 104.0 129.7 132.7
Korea 271,848 1,713,604 101.5 153.5 160.7
China 415,540 2,568,842 110.1 131.8 136.1
Hong Kong 5,413 27,569 137.3 129.0 129.2
Indonesia 9,671 44,586 146.5 172.9 119.7
Malaysia 44,641 265,109 104.1 125.6 114.5
Taiwan 55,406 338,956 98.7 110.4 113.8
Philippines 13,589 73,012 106.9 118.3 111.9
Thailand 22,540 168,759 83.6 122.6 110.7
Japan 59,748 404,012 92.7 107.0 106.6
Singapore 27,856 140,674 131.9 109.6 106.2
Cambodia 14,672 119,390 77.2 73.4 103.7
Laos 7,422 60,421 69.7 69.2 88.5
Other Asian markets 19,650 142,301 94.7 117.6 120.0
2. Americas 71,936 492,992 112.8 111.7 113.5
USA 58,976 369,641 124.9 113.5 115.4
Canada 8,420 85,165 74.5 102.0 109.3
Others 4,540 38,186 85.9 108.6 105.2
3. Europe 110,564 1,087,489 82.8 104.4 111.0
Finland 1,003 16,168 139.5 120.7 137.8
Italy 3,105 33,183 80.1 111.2 117.6
Denmark 1,483 22,641 72.9 110.4 117.5
Sweden 1,974 32,519 109.8 114.2 116.2
France 13,464 153,298 52.9 107.5 112.6
Holland 4,202 35,274 74.8 106.0 110.7
Belgium 1,345 14,214 76.3 102.8 110.0
Norway 1,491 13,369 143.6 106.1 110.0
Spain 4,218 25,320 109.0 125.8 109.1
England 19,595 158,048 97.0 104.8 109.0
Germany 9,381 111,561 73.8 104.5 108.1
Russia 37,646 338,393 97.0 98.8 107.9
Switzerland 1,513 18,056 66.5 103.0 104.1
Others 10,144 115,445 76.2 107.8 119.3
4. Oceania 29,883 223,051 98.9 97.7 110.0
Australia 26,330 200,825 97.8 97.5 110.6
New Zealand 3,470 21,651 109.0 99.1 104.3
Others 83 575 81.4 95.4 99.5
5. Africa 2,723 20,763 83.9 132.0 122.2