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International tourist arrivals up 41.2% in July

Released at: 11:39, 02/08/2016

International tourist arrivals up 41.2% in July

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Monthly increase at 20.8% as Chinese tourist numbers rise 54.5% in first seven months.

by An Nghi

International tourist arrivals to Vietnam in July totaled 846,300, a 20.8 per cent increase compared to June and up 41.2 per cent year-on-year, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).

In the first seven months international tourist arrivals stood at 5.5 million, a 24 per cent increase year-on-year. There were 4.66 million arriving by air, 806,400 by land, and 86,000 people by sea or river.

Asian tourist arrivals were 3.97 million, including 1.5 million Chinese, up 54.5 per cent year-on-year, 858,000 South Koreans, up 37 per cent, 413,300 Japanese, up 12.6 per cent, and 153,600 Thais, up 37.2 per cent.

Chinese tourists were also the biggest spenders, totaling $215 billion on all overseas travel despite the domestic economic difficulties.

European tourist arrivals were estimated at 900,600, a 14.1 per cent increase year-on-year, while arrivals from the US were 344,500, up 14.4 per cent.

Five European countries with visa exemptions all saw strong increases in tourist arrivals in the first seven months of the year. Italian arrivals increased 30.4 per cent, Spanish 24.2 per cent, British 23.4 per cent, German 17.5 per cent, and French 13.2 per cent.

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) put domestic tourist numbers in the first seven months at 38.2 million. Revenue from tourism stood at VND234.978 trillion ($10.5 billion), an increase of 22.9 per cent year-on-year.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism recently approved a strategy to develop tourism to 2025 with a vision to 2030. State agencies will improve tourism staff to build Vietnam’s tourism brand and the promotion of popular destinations will also be enhanced.

The slogan for Vietnamese tourism is now “Vietnam - Endless Beauty”. The focus is on cultural tourism, island tourism, nature tourism, and city tourism. The ministry is also to strengthen public-private partnerships to develop the country’s tourism sector.

Vietnam will hold the ASEAN Tourism Forum (AFT) 2019 - the largest and most important tourism gathering among ASEAN countries. A wide range of important events will be held, such as a meeting of ASEAN tourism ministers, a meeting of ASEAN tourism ministers and China, Japan, South Korea, Russia, and India, a meeting of ASEAN tourism departments, and Travel Exchange (an annual ASEAN leisure travel trade event), among others.

Four destinations in Vietnam made the list of “29 Best Places to Visit in Southeast Asia” by Touropia, an international travel website. Ha Long Bay was ranked third, Hoi An 15th, Hanoi 25th, and Sapa 27th. Ho Chi Minh City, meanwhile, was listed among the Top 10 new global party destinations in July by Traveler, an Australian travel website.

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