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Vietnam tops Australians' travel choice

Released at: 14:56, 25/09/2018

Vietnam tops Australians' travel choice

Ho Chi Minh City, the top destination of Australian tourists (Photo: Shutterstock)

Vietnam has overtaken Bali as the favorite travel destination of Australians, according to booking site Webjet.

by Le Diem

Bookings by Australian travelers to Vietnam shows the growing interest in the country and has made it their top destination over the last year, according to booking data from Webjet, the largest online travel booking site in Australia.

The site reported a 63 per cent jump in underlying full-year profit as bookings surged, with increasing numbers going to Asia, mainly Vietnam.

Volcano eruptions and earthquakes have significantly reduced the number of trips from Australian tourists to Bali as their regular destination in the last 12 months, according to Webjet’s managing director Mr. John Guscic.

They are heading to other countries in Asia instead, with many going to Vietnam, known for its safety, friendly people, beautiful landscapes, rich culture, and diverse cuisine. Australians usually have a long trip while in the country. Ho Chi Minh City is one destination Australians are flocking to, as the city is booming. Flight bookings on Skyscanner last year from Australian cities to Ho Chi Minh City rose 23 per cent; the highest of any city in the world. More Australians are also looking for business cooperation with Vietnamese enterprises while travelling in Vietnam, as it has seen strong economic growth in recent years.

Japan also sees more Australian tourists while Sri Lanka is an emerging destination and North Africa, such as Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia, is returning as a popular choice as terrorists fears ease, according to Webjet.

Vietnam has tried to relax its entry procedures with an e-visa policy now available to people from 46 countries, with Indians and Australians added late last year.

Vietnam welcomed 370,000 Australian tourists last year, a 15.5 per cent increase from a year earlier.

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