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2H tourism growth must match 1H result

Released at: 10:11, 17/07/2017

2H tourism growth must match 1H result

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Tourism minister calls on all involved to ensure that tourism growth in the second half is equal to the 30% recorded in the first half.

by Minh Tuyet

Major efforts are required to ensure that tourist numbers in Vietnam increase by at least 30 per cent in the second half of this year, or the same as in the first half, welcoming between 13 million and 15 million international tourists for the year as a whole, Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Thien, Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, said when reviewing the tasks for 2017 on July 13 in Hanoi.

“There is no better time than now for tourism to spread its wings,” he added, while acknowledging it is a difficult task for the tourism sector but must be attempted.

He requested the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism focus on key targets, such as creating draft decrees and resolutions for the Law on Tourism, which has recently been passed, preparing forecasts, identifying solutions to attracting more international tourism from now to the end of the year, and attending Vietnamese cultural days overseas to promote the country’s image.

In the first half of this year, international tourist arrivals to Vietnam were estimated at 6.2 million, up 30.2 per cent year-on-year. Revenue totaled VND254 trillion ($11.2 billion), a 27.1 per cent increase year-on-year.

Tourists arriving by air totaled 5.2 million, up 33 per cent year-on-year, by sea 170,000, up 26 per cent, and by road 823,000, up 16 per cent. China was the main source of tourists, with 1.8 million arrivals, up 56.7 per cent and representing 23 per cent of the total. The country has accounted for 20 to 25 per cent of international tourists in each of the last five years.

The number of South Korean tourists has seen rapid growth, with 1.1 million arrivals in the first half, up 43 per cent year-on-year. Tourists from the EU have also grown significantly. Those from Russia increased 53 per cent, from Spain 28 per cent, and from Sweden 21 per cent.

Vietnam was recently ranked seventh on a list from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) of the Top 20 fastest-growing travel destinations in the world. It was third in Asia, behind Nepal, which ranked second, with arrivals up 39.7 per cent, and South Korea, which ranked fourth, with arrivals up 30.3 per cent.

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