Visitor numbers from Northeast Asia experience sudden surge in Q1.
Vietnam welcomed 2,459,150 visitors from Northeast Asia in the first three months of the year, 19.9 per cent more than in the same period last year, Mr. Nguyen Van Tuan, Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), told a conference on April 12 to review tourism activities in the first quarter.
Visitors from Hong Kong increased 160 per cent, followed by China with 66 per cent, South Korea 30 per cent, Taiwan 15 per cent, and Japan 12 per cent.
Increases were also seen in the number of visitors from Europe, with those from Italy up by 28 per cent, Spain 27 per cent, the UK 23 per cent, Germany 19 per cent, and France 11 per cent over the same period of 2015.
Domestic holiday makers totaled 18.7 million in the quarter, while the number of visitors staying in the country for an extended period stood at 9.3 million.
According to Mr. Tuan, first quarter revenues reached VND109 trillion ($4.9 billion), up 21.2 per cent over the same period last year. “This confirms that the visa exemption policy has had a positive impact on tourism development,” he said.
He added that as the policy on visa exemptions for citizens from the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain is to expire soon, VNAT has been conducting a review and will propose it be extended by the government.