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Thai visitors increase fastest in first four months

Released at: 08:22, 04/05/2019

Thai visitors increase fastest in first four months

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Thailand outpaces South Korea in tourist growth since January.

by Jessica Nguyen

According to the General Statistics Office, Vietnam continued to be a growing international tourist destination in the first four months of 2019, with the number of international visitors reaching 1.4 million every month, up nearly 10 per cent compared with the same period last year.

Visitors arriving by sea increased strongly, by 120.5 per cent, while those arriving by air increased 5.9 per cent and those coming overland fell 10.3 per cent. International arrivals have totaled over 5.9 million since January, up 7.6 per cent compared with the same period in 2018.

Overcoming South Korea, Thailand had the highest number of visitors coming to Vietnam during the last four months, increasing 46.5 per cent year-on-year. South Korean visitors grew 23 per cent. The opening of a number of new routes connecting Thailand with tourist cities such as Da Nang, Nha Trang, and Da Lat has helped boost the number of tourist arrivals.

Other tourist markets with good growth in the first four months were Taiwan (25 per cent), the Philippines (24.4 per cent), and Malaysia (nearly 16 per cent). The number of visitors from some European countries is also heading upwards, including Denmark and Switzerland (12 per cent each), Norway (10 per cent), and Italy (10.5 per cent).

Compared to the same period last year, the number of travelers from Cambodia fell by nearly half. Other tourist markets seeing sharply declines included Laos (19 per cent), Finland (10.5 per cent), and Australia (0.3 per cent).

Chinese visitors were down 14 per cent in March compared to February. The situation improved during April, but the figure in the first four months was down 3.8 per cent year-on-year.

Total revenue from tourism stood at VND227,790 billion ($97.8 million) in the first four months, an increase of 8.91 per cent year-on-year.

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