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International arrivals continue upwards

Released at: 21:22, 03/05/2017

International arrivals continue upwards

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April arrivals up 16% against March and 30% year-to-date.

by Ngoc Lan

The number of international visitors arriving in Vietnam in April was estimated at over 1 million, up 16.1 per cent against March, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).

Those arriving by air and sea increased 8.3 per cent and 2.2 per cent, respectively, while the number of those arriving overland fell 16.8 per cent.

By region, Asian arrivals were up 38.3 per cent while European arrivals rose 31.8 per cent. Those from the US visitors increased 12.2 per cent and from Australia 12.9 per cent. African arrivals were 24.5 per cent higher.

In the first fourth months of the year, the number of international visitors has been estimated at over 4.2 million, up 30.3 per cent year-on-year.

Those arriving by air exceeded 3.5 million, up 32.6 per cent year-on-year, by land 610,800, and by sea 161,800, up 11.1 per cent and 77.6 per cent, respectively.

By region, Asian arrivals were over 3 million, 35.3 per cent higher year-on-year.

The number of visitors from major markets continued to rise significantly: China 1.2 million and up 61.1 per cent, South Korea 701,800 and up 35.1 per cent, and Japan with 261,600 and up 6.6 per cent.

European visitors were estimated at 747,100, an increase of 25.5 per cent year-on-year. The number of Russian visitors totaled 230,900, up 60.3 per cent. Those from the UK reached 106,500, up 12.6 per cent, France 105,300, up 12.6 per cent, and Germany 82,800, up 17.6 per cent.

Visitors from the Americas, meanwhile, reached 315,000, an 11.1 per cent increase year-on-year, of which US visitors were 228,500, up 9.1 per cent.

Visitors from Australia reached 144,700, up 6 per cent year-on-year, and Africa 12,100, up 33.3 per cent.

Hoping to give the tourism industry a major push, the Vietnamese Government has launched a much-touted online visa system for travelers on short holidays or business visits.

Tourism authorities are eyeing a 15 per cent increase in international visitors this year. The sector is expected to contribute 10 per cent to Vietnam’s GDP and become a key economic driver by 2020. By that time, the country is expected to welcome up to 20 million foreign visitors and earn $35 billion in tourism revenue.

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