VOV.VN - Vietnam welcomed approximately 3.7 million foreign tourists in the first four months of the year, a figure 19.2 times higher than that of the same period last year, and meeting 46% of the target set for 2023, the General Statistics Office (GSO) said on April 29.
About 88.7% of all foreign visitors came by air, 10.1% by road, and 1.2% by sea, said GSO.
Throughout the reviewed period, Asia represented Vietnam’s largest tourist source market, with 1.1 million visitors coming from the Republic of Korea (RoK) alone. The RoK was followed by China with 252,136 arrivals and Thailand with 200,000 arrivals.
Four-month revenue from accommodation and catering services also hit VND214.8 trillion, marking a year-on-year rise of 25.8%. Meanwhile, travel businesses earned about VND9.1 trillion, marking a 2.1-fold increase from last year, thanks to an array of exciting cultural and tourism activities held in localities in the first months of the year.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, the country’s international aviation market will continue to recover in the summer, and the market recovery will occur faster in the second quarter, especially following China’s decision to pilot a scheme to send group tours to many countries worldwide, including Vietnam.
It is predicted that between 2.5 million and three million foreign passengers will travel by air every month this summer, with the aviation recovery rate gradually increasing by 80% compared to the corresponding period in 2019. The international aviation market is anticipated to fully recover to the pre-pandemic period in the remaining months of this year.