More tourists head for Vietnam

HANOI, 7 May 2019: Vietnam clocked up close to 6 million visits in the first four months of the year encouraging officials to believe the country could welcome around 18 million visits by the end of 2019.

The latest statistics posted by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism for January to April reached 5,968,880 visits, an increase of 7.6% over the same period last year.

During April alone visits reached 1,468,766 according to the provisional figures filed the Government Statistics Office representing an increase of 9.5% over the same period last year.

Tourism during the four months made strong gains in Asian markets with the exception of China down 3.8%, Cambodia down 56.4% and Laos down 19.9%.

Despite the 3.8% contraction in visits from China, a trend seen across the region, China remained the top source market with 1,707,819 visits.

In the second place, Korea, with 1,445,879 visits, grew 23.7% suggesting the market could ultimately close the gap and overtake China possibly by the year-end.

There was a big gap between second-placed Korea and Japan in third place that generated 302,804 visits based on a steady 8.2% growth rate.

Taiwan in fourth place delivered 284,310 visits over the four months up 25%.

The USA, the only market outside of Asia to appear on the top five supply list, generated 280,996 visits up 6.7% while Russia previously in fifth-place generated 273,782 visits up by 4.5%

Asian markets delivered mainly robust double-digit growth rates as seen in Malaysia generating 205,463 visits up 15,7%. Thailand supplied 174,777 visits up by a massive 46%.

The two notable Asian markets Singapore and Hong Kong presented more modest growth rates of 3.1% and 6.5% on volumes of 94,501 and 19,400 respectively.

But looking at Southeast Asian markets, Indonesia deserves a mention for its 29.1% improvement that generated 36,540 visits based on better air connections and suggests there is considerable potential for Vietnam’s tourism industry to attract more visitors from Southeast Asia’s most populace nation.

Travel from the Philippines at 58,132 visits during the first four months presents an equally attractive outlook as visits surged by 24.4%.

In general, European markets maintained positive but less impressive growth rates. The UK by far the largest market with 124,782 visits improved by just 4.5%.

Australia a strong supporter of Vietnam’s tourism in past years tallied 147,201 visits, down by a marginal 0.3% probably due to seasonal trends. During 2018, Australia delivered 386,934 visits representing an improvement of 4.5%.

Last year, Vietnam tallied 15,497,791 visits up 19.9% on the previous year.

 

April 2019 (estimate)
(Arrivals)

Accrued for 4 months of 2019(Arrivals)

 April 2019 vs, March 2018 (%)

April 2019 vs, April 2018 (%)

4 months 2019 vs, 4 months 2018 (%)

Total

1,468,766

5,968,880

104.2

109.5

107.6

By means of transportation

1. By air

1,157,767

4,674,030

105.9

108.3

105.4

2. By sea

44,432

119,466

220.5

199.4

84.1

3. By road

266,567

1,175,384

89.7

106.3

121.1

By markets

1. Asia

1,132,070

4,522,462

106.1

111.5

108.5

Thailand

50,189

174,777

112.5

140.1

146.5

Indonesia

12,174

36,540

145.3

161.8

129.1

Taiwan

77,215

284,310

118.1

122.5

125.0

Philippines

16,004

58,132

119.2

123.6

124.4

Korea

338,085

1,445,879

100.7

120.2

123.2

Malaysia

61,834

205,463

118.7

128.0

115.7

Japan

69,449

302,804

84.1

107.9

108.2

Hong Kong

2,949

19,400

53.9

72.9

106.5

Singapore

26,242

94,501

106.5

109.8

103.1

China

426,746

1,707,819

109.1

101.7

96.2

Laos

7,763

34,333

98.7

95.6

81.1

Campuchia

12,844

46,835

119.2

71.5

54.6

Others

30,576

111,669

120.3

107.1

109.6

2. America

81,863

375,322

96.5

101.0

105.1

USA

61,296

280,996

99.5

102.5

106.7

Canada

14,364

68,129

83.5

98.9

104.1

Others

6,203

26,197

103.1

91.4

92.4

3. Europe

206,205

891,440

92.2

104.3

105.7

Denmark

4,483

21,445

85.2

117.4

112.1

Switzerland

4,187

15,994

127.0

114.0

112.1

Norway

2,646

12,034

106.1

104.8

111.0

Italy

6,035

28,962

81.7

111.5

110.5

Sweden

3,350

31,319

50.4

97.8

108.9

Germany

23,482

95,693

89.0

109.4

107.0

Holland

6,166

26,861

91.4

106.0

105.5

Spain

5,584

18,122

135.7

102.7

105.2

England

34,169

124,048

116.4

105.3

104.9

Russia

58,164

273,782

84.4

98.9

104.5

France

32,159

119,481

99.9

105.5

104.5

Belgium

3,530

11,180

138.5

99.9

100.7

Finland

1,337

12,931

43.4

62.2

89.5

Others

20,913

99,588

82.5

112.2

108.3

4. Oceania

44,298

163,625

143.6

101.0

100.4

New Zealand

5,520

16,071

193.3

116.4

107.2

Australia

38,679

147,201

138.6

99.1

99.7

Others

99

353

99.0

122.2

90.5

5. Africa

4,330

16,031

130.5

116.4

108.3