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International visitors up 7% in Q1

Released at: 17:44, 01/04/2019

International visitors up 7% in Q1

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American visitors up significantly in first quarter, according to GSO.

by Jessica Nguyen

The General Statistics Office (GSO) has announced that the number of international tourists to Vietnam in the first quarter of 2019 reached 4.5 million an increase of 7 per cent compared to the same period last year, of which tourists from America increased significantly. Most visitors arrived by air, followed by overland.

International visitors to Vietnam in March totaled 1.4 million, down 11.2 per cent against February but up 5 per cent over the same period last year, in which visitors from Asia increased 3.6 per cent, Europe 9.4 per cent, Australian 7 per cent, America 10.5 per cent, and Africa 3.4 per cent.

A factor in the outstanding growth in the number of tourists in March, according to the GSO, is that Vietnam successfully organized major tourist and other events that attracted the attention of foreign visitors, such as the Hoa Ban Flower Festival 2019, the International Tourism Fair (VITM), and the free tours for international journalists covering the DPRK - US Summit in Hanoi. The sound preparations for the summit helped promote Vietnam’s image internationally.

Arrivals by air reached 3.5 million, increasing 4.5 per cent, visitors by road reached 908,800, an increase of 26.2 per cent, and visitors arriving by sea reached 75,000, down 37.4 per cent.

In the first quarter, international visitors to the country from Asia reached 3.4 million, an increase of 7.5 per cent compared to the same period last year, of which China remained the largest source of these visitors, with 1.3 million, accounting for 37.8 per cent of the total number of Asian visitors but down 5.6 per cent compared to the same period last year. South Korean visitors totaled 1.1 million, up 24.1 per cent, Japan 233,400, up 8.3 per cent, Taiwan 207,100, an increase of 26 per cent, Malaysia 143,600, an increase of 11.1 per cent, Thailand 124,600, up 49.3 per cent, and Singapore 68,300, an increase of 0.7 per cent.

Visitors from Europe were estimated at 685,200, up 6.1 per cent over the same period last year, of which those from Russia totaled 215,600, up 6.2 per cent, the UK 89,900, up 4.7 per cent, France 87,300, increasing 4.1 per cent, Germany 72,200, up 6.2 per cent, Sweden 28,000, up 10.4 per cent, Italy 22,900, an increase of 10.3 per cent, and the Netherlands 20,700, up 5.4 per cent.

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