Vietnam tourism on course for record year

Vietnam tourism on course for record year

Vietnam welcomed 6.45 million overseas visitors in the first eight months of 2016
Vietnam welcomed 6.45 million international visitors in the first eight months of 2016

Vietnam’s resurgent tourism industry remains well on track to achieve a record year, in terms of international arrivals.

According to the latest data from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), the country welcomed a total of 6.45 million overseas visitors in the first eight months of 2016, up 25.4% compared to the same period last year.

This means that Vietnam is almost certain to exceed its previous full-year record of 7.94m international visitors, set last year.

Mainland China and South Korea are the main driving forces behind Vietnam’s tourism boom. These two countries contributed more than 40% of all arrivals to the Southeast Asian nation in the year-to-August 2016. Visitation from mainland China surged 57.9% to 1.75m, while South Korean arrivals jumped 37.6% to 1.01m. Japan accounted for a further 482,358 visitors, up 12.1% year-on-year.

The USA (+14.8% to 341,250) was Vietnam’s largest non-Asian source market, while Russia (+25.0% to 265,554) rebounded strongly to reclaim its place as the country’s biggest source of European visitors.

Air arrivals to Vietnam – the strongest indicator of international tourist numbers – jumped 28.8% to 5.44m in the first eight months of 2016, accounting for 82% of the total inbound traffic.

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