International visitors down month-on-month in September but up year-on-year, while fewer arrive in first nine months.
The number of foreign tourists visiting Vietnam in September stood at 626,324, a 5.8 per cent fall against August but 8.3 per cent higher year-on-year, according to the General Statistics Office. This was the third consecutive month tourist numbers increased compared to the same month last year after falling for 13 months in succession.
The total for the first nine months, however, was down 5.9 per cent compared to the same period last year, at 5.7 million. Of these, 4.7 million arrived by air, accounting for 82.5 per cent of the total and falling 1.9 per cent year-on-year. Those arriving by sea totaled 36,505, accounting for 0.8 per cent, an 18.8 per cent decline, while 943,395 arrived overland, accounting for 16.7 per cent and a 21.6 per cent decline year-on-year.
The number of Cambodian tourists fell the most, by 43.5 per cent, followed by those from Thailand, Laos and China, by 27.6 per cent, 25.9 per cent, and 18.2 per cent, respectively. South Korean tourist numbers, meanwhile, rose a significant 31.4 per cent, while those from Hong Kong increased 17.3 per cent. Tourist numbers from Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, and the US recorded growth of 16.9 percent, 8.7 per cent, 8.4 per cent and 7 per cent, respectively.
According to a recent report from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, the number of domestic tourist in the first nine months reached 48.8 million. Revenue was VND269 trillion ($12 billion), an increase of 2.8 per cent compared to the same period last year.