Vietnam suffered a major drop in visitor arrivals in September 2011. According to figures from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), the country saw recorded only 286,600 international visitors last month – 25.3% fewer than September 2010.
Major declines were experienced from several key markets, including the USA (-42.9% to 16,600), Australia (-45.8% to 11,400) and Japan (-32.3% to 27,200). Arrivals from Vietnam’s largest source market, China dropped 11.1% to 69,000. It is not immediately clear what caused the sharp decline. The September figure also marked a significant 48.1% downturn compared to August 2011.
Vietnam is still on track to record double-digit growth for 2011, however. Year-to-date the country has welcomed 4.31 million international arrivals – 15.5% more than the same period in 2010.