The central province of Khánh Hòa, home to the famous beach town of Nha Trang City, is much loved by Russian tourists, accounting for one fifth of total foreign arrivals. — VNA/VNS Photo
HCM CITY — Việt Nam has become one of the top destinations in the Asia Pacific region for Russians, according to global travel analysis firm ForwardKeys.
The ForwardKeys survey found that Việt Nam saw the highest increase in Russian market seat capacity at 153 percent, followed by Thailand and the Maldives, which saw a growth of 125 per cent and 58 percent, respectively. South Korea and India also saw seat capacity rising by more than 30 per cent.
Việt Nam has emerged as a favorite destination for Russian holiday-goers in recent years and is expected to surpass its neighbor Thailand, a favored Russian haunt for a long time.
Market observers say the launch of direct air connections from multiple secondary and tertiary cities in Russia to Việt Nam 's popular beach towns have propped up the Russian tourism boom.
The central province of Khánh Hòa, home to the famous beach town of Nha Trang City, has been much loved by Russian tourists, accounting for one fifth of total foreign arrivals.
Last year, Russian tourist arrivals to Khánh Hòa reached nearly 400,000, up 1.5 percent year-on-year, making it the second biggest feeder market for local tourism after China.
Việt Nam received a record high of 606,000 Russians last year, accounting for 4 percent of total foreign tourist arrivals. VNS