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5M international tourists up nearly 9%

Released at: 16:30, 29/05/2019

5M international tourists up nearly 9%

Photo: Pham Ha

Asian tourists still lead but solid growth seen in all source markets.

by Jessica Nguyen

Figures from the General Statistics Office show that international visitors have stood at some 1.4 million each month since the beginning of the year. The total was nearly 7.3 million, compared to 6.7 million in the same period last year.

International visitors in May were estimated at nearly 1.4 million, down 9.7 per cent compared to April 2019 but up 14.3 per cent against May 2018. Tourists from Asia increased 16.2 per cent, from Europe 7.3 per cent, from the Americas 3.9 per cent, from Australia 7.7 per cent, and from Africa 13.1 per cent.

In the first five months, international visitors to Vietnam were estimated at 7.3 million, up 8.8 per cent year-on-year, of which arrivals by air were 5.7 million, up 6.3 per cent, by road nearly 1.5 million, up 23.7 per cent, and by sea 130,000, down 17.5 per cent.

International visitors are mainly from Asia, which accounted for 76.8 per cent of the total number of tourists coming to Vietnam in the first five months. The total number of visitors from Asia was 5.6 million, an increase of 9.9 per cent year-on-year. Of these, 1.7 million were from South Korea, up 22.4 per cent, 357,200 from Taiwan, up 26 per cent, and 215,700 from Thailand, up 47.5 per cent. The number from China fell slightly, by 0.8 per cent, but was still a healthy 2.1 million.

In the European market, Vietnam is gradually conquering high-end and demanding travelers, such as those from Italy, Sweden, Germany and the UK. In the first five months of 2019, the total number of visitors from Europe was estimated at 1 million, an increase of 5.9 per cent over the same period last year. Italian visitors increased sharply, by 11.4 per cent to 33,500 people, while those from Sweden totaled 33,100, an increase of 8.3 per cent, with Germany and the UK rising 6.1 per cent and 5.7 per cent.

In the Americas, growth in the number of visitors from the US was 6 per cent, to 329,200. Visitors from Australia increased just 0.6 per cent, to 175,600.

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