International tourist arrivals in Vietnam plunge in Jan-Sep

02-Oct-2020 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The number of international tourist arrivals in Vietnam between January and September plummeted by nine million year-on-year due to the impact of Covid-19, with a mere 13,800 foreign visitors travelling to the country in September, while the figure was over 1.5 million in the same month last year.

The sharp drop was attributable to the government’s Covid-19 infection prevention and control measures, including Vietnam remaining closed to international tourists. Some 13,800 international arrivals, mainly foreign experts and highly-skilled workers, entered Vietnam in September, down 99.1 percent year-on-year, according to the General Statistical Office of Vietnam.

In the year to September, over 3.7 million foreign tourists traveled to the country, dipping by 70.6 percent year-on-year.

Khanh Hoa Province, HCM City and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province saw their lodging and catering service revenue in the nine-month period dip 59.8%, 41.3 percent and 39.9%, respectively, year-on-year, while the country’s fall stood at 15%.

The country’s revenue from travel services from January to September slid by 56.3 percent year-on-year, while the decline in travel services in Khanh Hoa Province and HCM City was 78.7 percent and 73.7%, respectively.

If the country opens its doors to foreigners in the last quarter, the number of international arrivals for 2020 will still tumble by 13.5 to 14 million compared with last year, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.

Last year, the country welcomed some 18 million international tourists, prompting the tourism sector to expect over 20 million international tourists this year, but the plan fell through due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


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