Vietnam loses out to regional rivals in foreign tourist attraction

VOV.VN - Vietnam attracted only more than 413,000 foreign arrivals in the first half of this year, a figure which is much lower compared to competitors in Southeast Asia, and makes the set target of five million this year a challenging task.

Statistics show Thailand took the lead in Southeast Asia, welcoming 2.2 million foreign arrivals in the first half, followed by Malaysia 2 million and Singapore 1.5 million. Cambodia that borders Vietnam also received 510,000 foreign arrivals in the reviewed period.

The markets with the highest number of people visiting Vietnam in the first six months of the year are mainly from visa-free countries such as the Republic of Korea, the UK, France, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Cambodia, or e-visa holders such as the United States, Australia, and India.

However, in some recent surveys, Vietnam has been absent from the list of favourite destinations from such markets, while other destinations in Southeast Asia are more popular among tourists.

In ForwardKeys’s report in June, the Philippines, Singapore, and Indonesia are popular destinations for American tourists heading to Southeast Asia.’s research on tourism trends during the summer shows that this year destinations such as Singapore, Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo, and Bali are the most popular in terms of booking much in the Asia-Pacific region.

AirAsia also revealed that the most popular destinations of Malaysian tourists for short vacations include Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, and Bangladesh.