Visitor numbers increase against June but remain down for the year.
The number of international visitors to Vietnam in July stood at 593,600, up 12.1 per cent against June and 5.1 per cent more than in July last year.
The total for the first seven months, however, was 4.4 million, down 9.4 per cent compared to the same period last year. Arrivals by air were down by 6.5 per cent, by road by 20.6 per cent, and by sea by 25.4 per cent.
Asian visitors numbered 2.9 million in the first seven months, down 9.7 per cent compared to the same period last year. Cambodian tourists saw the highest decline, by 43.9 per cent, followed by those from Laos, Thailand and China, by 36.1 per cent, 31.2 per cent, and 24.4 per cent, respectively.
South Korean tourist numbers, meanwhile, rose a significant 35.5 per cent, while those from Singapore increased 13.4 per cent. Tourist numbers from Japan and Taiwan recorded slight growth, of 1.2 per cent and 3.8 per cent, respectively.
Visitors from Europe numbered 682,500, down 5.2 per cent compared to the same period last year. The number of Russian visitors saw the highest decline, of 12.1 per cent, while French visitor numbers were down 5 per cent. Those from Italy and Germany rose 5.7 per cent and 1.4 per cent, respectively.
Visitors from the Americas reached 367,300, an increase of 3.8 per cent, of which 301,097 were from the US, an increase of 5.6 per cent.
Arrivals from Australia, meanwhile, were down 8.7 per cent, to 183,633.
To boost the tourism industry and the number of international visitors the government has requested the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism grant extensions to the visa-free period for tourists from countries with whom Vietnam has reciprocal visa exemption arrangements in cases where they wish to stay longer in the country, provided they are sponsored by an international travel company and have a return ticket.
In addition to Danish, Finnish, Japanese, Norwegian, Russian, South Korean, and Swedish nationals, the government has also approved visa waivers for visitors from five other European countries: the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Belarus.