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Vietnam seeing among fastest growth in international tourists

Released at: 07:30, 07/09/2018

Vietnam seeing among fastest growth in international tourists

Popular destinations in Vietnam. Photo: Laodong.vn

Country becoming a leading choice of many world travelers, according to World Tourism Organization study.

by Le Diem

The number of global international tourists grew at 7 per cent in 2017; the highest level since 2010, according to the World Tourism Organization’s latest Tourism Highlights 2018 Edition. Growth in arrivals was echoed by a strong increase in exports generated by tourism, which reached $1.6 trillion in 2017, making tourism the world’s third-largest export sector.

Tourism Highlights 2018 Edition shows that international tourist arrivals stood at a total of 1.323 billion last year, some 84 million more than in 2016 and marking uninterrupted growth for eight straight years.

The study also listed the ten countries with the highest growth in international tourist arrivals, with Vietnam at third with 12.9 million, up 29.1 per cent against 2016.

Vietnam’s tourism industry has been growing at an annual rate of some 30 per cent in terms of international arrivals over the last three years. It welcomed nearly 10.5 million in the first eight months of this year, up 22.8 per cent against the same period last year.

Visitors from Asian countries rose 27 per cent year-on-year, while those from Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Africa increased 9.8 per cent, 12.6 per cent, 7.4 per cent, and 20.4 per cent, respectively.

Egypt and Togo were first and second in growth, with 55.1 per cent and 46.7 per cent, respectively, followed by Palestine, with 25.7 per cent, Niue 25.4 per cent, Nepal 24.9 per cent, Israel 24.6 per cent, Northern Mariana Islands 24.3 per cent, Turkey 24.1 per cent, Iceland 24.1 per cent, and Macedonia 23.5 per cent.

These strong 2017 results were driven by sustained travel demand for destinations across all global regions, including a firm recovery by those that have suffered from security challenges in recent years, according to the study.

Among the top markets and destinations in the world in 2017, Europe led with 671 million international visitors, with France as the world’s most-visited destination. The Asia-Pacific was second with 323 million visitors.

Strong outbound demand from virtually all source markets, including rebounds from major emerging economies Brazil and the Russian Federation, benefited both advanced and emerging destinations. China has been shown to continue to lead global outbound travel, having spent $258 billion on international tourism in 2017. This is almost one-fifth of the world’s total tourism spending in 2017, which stood at $1.3 trillion, some $94 billion more than in 2016.

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