Int'l arrivals to Việt Nam in nine months near nine million, surpassing 2023's target

September 30, 2023 - 09:15
The majority of the arrivals were from Asia (6.85 million), followed by Europe (1.015 million), Americas (682,800), Oceania (311,100), and Africa (20,400).
South Korean tourists at the Temple of Literature in Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Văn Điệp

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam has welcomed 8.9 million international visitors in the first nine months of 2023, exceeding the target of eight million for the whole year.

The target was set by tourism authorities early in the year, before China – from which the visitors accounted for about one-third of the total international visitors to Việt Nam in 2019 – announced its decision to reopen following stringent COVID-19-related border closures.

The figure was less than half the number of international arrivals to Việt Nam before the pandemic broke out which was 18 million.

There have been calls for revision of the target since the new, more open visa policies were introduced and the number of arrivals started to reach the amount set, especially when the peak for international tourist arrivals in Việt Nam is between October-March (contrary to peak domestic season in summer months).

Vũ Thế Bình, chairman of Việt Nam Tourism Association, said Việt Nam could raise the target for 2023 to about 10-12 million tourists instead and this is achievable.

The nine-month number of visitors was 4.7 times higher than the same period last year, but only equal to 69 per cent the figure seen in the same period of 2019, according to the General Statistics Office of Việt Nam.

In September alone, the country welcomed more than one million foreign visitors, down 13.4 per cent month-on-month.

Out of the 8.9 million tourists, 7.8 million arrived in Việt Nam by air (87.5 per cent), one million by road (11.8 per cent), and 64,000 by sea (0.7 per cent).

The majority of the arrivals were from Asia (6.85 million), followed by Europe (1.015 million), Americas (682,800), Oceania (311,100), and Africa (20,400).

Revenue from accommodation and catering services in this period rose by 16 per cent, and earnings from travel and tourism services increased 47.7 per cent year-on-year.

Australia’s Micenet Magazine recently assessed the central region of Việt Nam as a new 'hot spot' for MICE tourism.

In its article, the magazine wrote: “Central Việt Nam is coming into its own as more international and domestic flights serve Đà Nẵng City, which is growing as a destination for conferences, meetings and incentive events. Its location between two UNESCO world heritage sites – Hội An, 30km southeast, and Huế, 100km northwest – also helps”.

There is a wide choice of luxury and five-star international and local brand hotels in the city and along a 60km stretch of beach, it added. — VNS