Travel to Vietnam continues to boom

HANOI, 9 October 2019: Vietnam’s tourist arrivals increased by a respectable 10.8% in the first nine months of the year to reach a record 12,870,506 trips.

September closed with 1,561,274 up by an impressive 28.8% year-on-year, prompting officials to say the country is right on target to reach its 2019 goal of 18 million visits.

More than half of the 12.8 million visits during the nine months came from China and South Korea.  First-placed China supplied 3,977,183 visits,  January to September, up by a modest 4.4%. Visits from second-placed South Korea clocked 3,140,693 up by a remarkable 22.5%.

Growth wise South Korea appears to have a stronger momentum than the China market, and spending is higher.

Travel from Japan ( third place) registered a 14% increase to reach 712,532 visits.  Fourth-placed Taiwan also recorded a healthy 27.8% growth from January to September clocking 674,771 visits. The USA is the only non-Asian source market in the top five with 569,113 visits up 7.7%.

Standout source markets in Asia worth watching include Thailand that delivered 345,305 visits with an increase of 46%. Indonesia supplied 79,419 and improved 18.9% while Malaysia with 433,287 visits increased 13.5%

Despite more than four months of disruption and civil unrest, Hong Kong residents found time to visit Vietnam. Over the nine months, they clocked 30,804 trips, and year-to-date visits soared by a massive 70.3%.

Asia dominates Vietnam’s tourism markets delivering more than 10 million of the 12.8 million arrivals through to September. In contrast, Europe provides 1.6 million. However, with more flights planned from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to major cities in Europe, Vietnam should see an increase in leisure traffic. But to achieve progress in the EU markets, Vietnam needs to keep in place its visa-free travel facilities and ensure its eVisa is more user-friendly.

Vietnam’s September and nine months of travel data

September 2019 (estimate)

(Arrivals)

Accrued for 9 months of 2019

Sep.. 2019 vs, Aug. 2019 (%)

Sep. 2019 vs, Sep..2018 (%)

9 months 2019 vs, 9 months 2018(%)

Total

1,561,274

12,870,506

103.2

128.8

110.8

By means of transportation

1. By air

1,298,337

10,189,039

109.5

131.8

108.3

2. By sea

17,824

189,605

125.9

220.3

99.4

3. By road

245,113

2,491,862

78.4

111.7

123.5

By markets

1. Asia

1,327,814

10,156,165

108.2

133.5

112.5

Thailand

34,350

345,305

102.3

143.2

146.0

Taiwan

78,117

674,471

98.5

133.8

127.8

Korea

339,560

3,140,693

84.7

122.5

122.5

Indonesia

9,040

79,419

117.5

112.7

118.9

Philippin

16,248

130,781

117.5

122.8

118.8

Japan

91,801

712,532

95.4

117.7

114.2

Malaysia

50,471

433,287

111.0

105.6

113.5

Singapo

25,371

215,128

104.5

111.8

106.1

China

604,922

3,977,183

125.5

148.6

104.4

Laos

12,836

71,853

189.3

124.8

74.6

Hong Kong

1,798

31,804

78.1

28.0

70.3

Cambodia

37,633

108,512

531.9

223.5

69.5

Others

25,667

235,197

92.3

105.0

112.6

2. Americas

61,768

737,793

89.6

113.3

106.8

USA

48,718

569,113

89.1

114.1

107.7

Canada

8,472

118,624

87.0

109.8

106.1

Others

4,578

50,056

101.0

111.7

99.1

3. Europe

134,278

1,612,850

74.4

105.6

105.3

Spain

10,414

62,945

58.0

109.9

109.5

Italy

4,313

54,034

45.2

107.9

108.9

Belgium

2,766

25,742

75.2

117.5

107.5

Norway

1,066

22,199

58.5

109.3

107.2

Denmark

1,673

33,820

73.6

107.0

106.8

Sweden

1,327

40,685

83.2

95.4

106.0

Switzerland

1,453

26,305

56.8

94.3

105.4

Germany

13,713

163,367

83.5

102.1

105.3

Russia

41,390

478,168

103.6

99.5

105.1

England

20,633

237,355

70.0

111.0

105.0

Holand

5,085

62,505

43.4

109.0

105.0

France

14,967

215,891

57.0

104.5

101.1

Finland

614

16,515

104.6

97.2

91.8

Others

14,864

173,319

89.5

117.6

110.2

4. Oceania

33,204

329,248

104.8

99.7

98.6

Australia

29,125

291,880

105.1

102.7

99.0

New Zealand

3,956

36,357

100.7

80.8

94.9

Others

123

1,011

246.0

372.7

128.5

5. Africa

4,210

34,450

107.7

133.5

110.8

Source: GSO

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