Foreign arrivals to Vietnam climb to over 2.35 million in 10 months

VOV.VN - The number of international visitors to the nation exceeded 2.35 million during ten-month period, a 18.8-fold rise compared to the same period from last year, according to data released on October 29 by the General Statistics Office.

Despite these strong statistics, the figure represents a drop of 83.7% compared to the same period from 2019, the period before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out.

Most notably, October saw the number of foreign visitors to the country increase by 12.1% over the previous month.

Of the figure, more than 2.35 million international visitors arrived in the country, with the number of visitors coming by air accounting for 88.8% of the total, 24.9 times higher than last year's corresponding period.

Furthermore, international arrivals by road and sea routes accounted for nearly 11.2% and 0.03% of the total, respectively.

Tourism revenue throughout the reviewed period stood at an estimated VND19.700 billion, 3.9 times higher compared to the same period from last year.

The entire tourism industry has been in the process of actively elevating the nation’s image for the peak months from September to April next year, with India being viewed as a potential market.

According to details given by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, India makes up one of the 10 countries with the largest international search volume for Vietnamese tourism since the beginning of the year.

The international search volume for aviation in early April increased by 400% on-year, followed by a continued spike of over 3,000% in May, thereby offering a "golden opportunity" for the country to fully tap into this potential market.

Despite the domestic tourism witnessing spectacular growth in the post-pandemic period, the international tourism market has recovered slowly, primarily due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict and the Chinese market not fully reopening. 

With tourists from the Republic of Korea starting to return, the Indian market is anticipated to develop in a stable and sustainable manner moving forward, a factor which will greatly contribute to accelerating the growth of the international market.

In early 2023, the Quang Nam Tourism Information and Promotion Center plans to host a roadshow programme to promote Quang Nam tourism in New Delhi, India.

Earlier in October the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism hosted the 2022 Mekong Tourism Forum, with the event featuring the co-ordination of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Nguyen Trung Khanh, director general of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, affirmed that the 2022 Mekong Tourism Forum has contributed to seeking solutions and initiatives aimed at attracting tourists to member countries in the region.

Following the successful organisation of the forum, the country has fully demonstrated its commitment to continuing to work alongside members of the Mekong Sub-region in a bid to strengthen solidarity. As a result, all parties can move towards the goal of increasing intra-regional tourism, attracting international tourists, as well as accelerating economic and tourism activities in the new context.

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