HANOI, 10 August 2018: Vietnam’s tourist arrival totalled 9,080,347 for the first seven months of the year, up 25.4%, according to the latest provisional statistics released by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.
International visitors in July reached 1,188,817, an increase of 14.7% over the same period last year.
Liked all of its neighbours in the Mekong Region the growth is driven by a surge in tour group bookings from China.
This has been the predominant trend since the beginning of the year and if China continues to deliver positive bookings for the remainder of the year, Vietnam will easily surpass its 15.5 million target for this year. Last year, the country welcomed 12.9 million visits.
The top supply markets remain much the same as previous months. China leads, but second-placed South Korea supplied 1,966,000 visits, up by a massive 56.1% for the seven months.
Japans was in third place with 464,379 visits increasing by just 6.2%, but the market is high-yield and has remained steady over the last three years.
Taiwan follows in fourth place supplying 405,206 visits, up 13.3% and Russia in fifth place with 373,160 visits gained 7.2%.
The UK crept into the top-10 markets in 10th place with 179,927 visits, an improvement of 7.9%. It was the only European market with the exception of Russia to appear in the top-10 supply markets’ chart.
Asia dominates the tourism supply chain for Vietnam with 6,988,608 visits gaining 30.4%, while Europe is the second strongest region with 1,230,149 visits, up 10.4%.
Vietnam needs to do better in Europe to improve market share when compared with Asia. It has eased visas for some European markets, which is encouraging travel and is now linked to key European cities by direct flights.
|July 2018 (estimate)
|Accrued for 7 months of 2018 (Arrivals)||July 2018 vs, June 2018 (%)||July 2018 vs, July 2017 (%)||7 months 2018 vs, 7 months 2017 (%)|
|By means of transportation|
|1. By air||988,329||7,357,918||100.2||108.9||120.2|
|2. By sea||4,078||177,767||25.4||56.2||99.8|
|3. By road||196,410||1,544,662||108.6||160.5||163.3|
|Other Asian markets||19,140||161,441||97.4||107.4||118.3|