In recent years, Vietnam has become one of the leading sources of tourists to the RoK, Hanoimoi newspaper reported, citing the representative of the Korean Tourism Organization (KTO) at the conference on MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Conference and Event) tourism of the RoK in Hanoi recently.
According to the report of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), the number of South Korean arrivals to Vietnam in the first six months of 2019 was estimated at 2 million, up 21.3% year-on-year.
The KTO’s report showed that nearly 34,000 Vietnamese tourists visited the RoK on MICE tours with the support of KTO in the first half of 2019, a 25% increase from the same period last year.
Therefore, Vietnam has been viewed as a major market for MICE tourism development of the RoK.
The conference in question drew the participation of about 200 delegates and aimed to serve as a bridge for MICE service providers of the RoK and travel firms of Vietnam, thus creating new tourism products and boosting the number of MICE tourists of the two countries.
The RoK will change its visa policy to stimulate the growth of MICE tourism in the coming time, said the KTO.
Half a million Vietnamese tourists visited the RoK in 2018, a rise of about 41% over 2017. Meanwhile, Vietnam welcomed nearly 3.5 million South Korean holidaymakers, a surge of 44.3% year-on-year.
In the first five months of 2019, the country welcomed nearly 1.8 million visitors from the RoK, up 22.4 percent over the same period last year. The RoK has become the second biggest tourist source market of Vietnam, after China.