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International visitors at impressive 18mn in 2019

Released at: 19:45, 27/12/2019

International visitors at impressive 18mn in 2019

Photo: Viet Tuan

Latest official figures show 16% rise against 2018.

by Jessica Nguyen

Figures released by the General Statistics Office on December 27 show that Vietnam’s tourism sector achieved something of a feat in 2019, attracting a record 18 million international visitors.

Numbers increased 16.2 per cent compared to 2018, of which arrivals by air rose 15.2 per cent, by road 20.4 per cent, and by sea 22.7 per cent.

Visitors from Asia accounted for 79.9 per cent, an increase of 19.1 per cent over the previous year. Those from Europe grew 6.4 per cent, from America 7.7 per cent, and Africa 12.2 per cent.

Vietnam’s tourism sector also catered to 85 million domestic visitors, up more than 6 per cent. Total tourism revenue was estimated at over VND720 trillion ($31 billion); an increase of more than 16 per cent.

With efforts made by the entire sector, tourism has posted a range of breakthrough developments, becoming a driving force for the development of industries and contributing to Vietnam’s overall economic growth. The country has been bestowed many prestigious titles and global travel awards, such as the World’s Best Golf Destination in 2019, the World’s Leading Heritage Destination (World Travel Awards 2019), and Asia’s Leading Destination for two consecutive years. This year it was honored as The World’s Leading Heritage Destination in 2019 and Asia’s Leading Culinary Destination.

The competitiveness of Vietnam’s tourism sector is continuously improving in rankings by the World Economic Forum (WEF), and currently stands at 63 out of 140 economies.

2020’s target is to welcome 20.5 million international visitors and cater to 90 million domestic tourists, with total revenue to reach over VND830 trillion ($35.8 million).

Chairman of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), Mr. Nguyen Trung Khanh, said this goal was assigned to it by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. It will be quite a difficult task, so the industry has already discussed identifying solutions for implementation from the beginning of the new year.

He also confirmed that in the time to come, Vietnam’s tourism sector will further promote culinary and cultural heritage programs to attract more international visitors.

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