International visitor arrivals to Vietnam experienced strong double-digit growth in the first quarter of the year.
Figures released by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) show that the country achieved 2.33 million international arrivals in the January-March 2014 period, up 29.3% year-on-year.
The growth continues to be driven by China and Russia, which both experienced growth in the region of 50% in the first quarter, although all major source markets contributed more visitors during the period.
China (+48.3% to 587,475 visitors) remains by far Vietnam’s largest source market, accounting for more than one in four international arrivals to the country. South Korea (+6.3% to 238,496), Japan (+9.2% to 170,772), USA (+9.7% to 140,051) and Russia (+55.2% to 131,469) completed the top five.
Vietnam welcomed 7.57m international visitors in 2013, a 10.6% increase compared to 2012. And if it continues its strong start to this year, the country is well on track to meet its full-year 2014 target of eight million visitors.