Arrivals increase in July and August after 13 months of decline.
The number of foreign tourists visiting Vietnam in August stood at 664,985, a 12 per cent increase against July and 7.5 per cent higher year-on-year, according to the General Statistics Office.
After falling for 13 months, the number of foreign tourists has now increased in both July and August. In August, 610,159 tourists arrived by air, accounting for 91.8 per cent of the total (a 17.4 per cent increase year-on-year). Those arriving by ship totaled 1,360, accounting for 0.2 per cent (a 9.3 per cent decline year-on-year), while 53,466 arrived overland, accounting for 8 per cent (a 45.2 per cent decline year-on-year).
Tourists from European countries with visa exemption increased sharply compared to July. Spanish, Italian, German, French and British tourists increased 159.3, 141.4, 54.1, 25.8 and 25.5 per cent, respectively. In Asia, tourist from South Korea, Hong Kong, Laos, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, China and Malaysia rose 42.5, 36.4, 33.4, 29.9, 25.9, 18.7, 16.4, and 13.5 per cent, respectively.
The number of foreign tourists coming to Vietnam in the first eight months is estimated at over 5 million. Compared to the same period last year, 12 countries have recorded increases. South Korean, Singaporean, Finnish, Spanish, Taiwanese, American, Italian, Japanese, German, Hong Kong, Malaysian, and Dutch tourist numbers increased 32.9, 15.8, 12.2, 8.5, 6.8, 6.2, 4.4, 1.1, 1, 9, 0.9, and 0.8 per cent, respectively.
Conversely, tourist numbers from Cambodia, Thailand and China fell 46.8, 34.1 and 20.4 per cent, respectively, in the first eight months.