Vietnam arrivals jump 21pct in first half

25-Jul-2016 Intellasia | Traveldailymedia | 6:00 AM Print This Post

According to the latest data from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), the country welcomed 4.71 million international visitors in the first six months of this year, up 21.3 percent compared to the same period in 2015. This figure was helped by a strong performance in June 2016, when the country saw a near-30 percent jump in arrivals, to 700,446.

Mainland China contributed 1.20m arrivals to Vietnam in the first half, up 47.9 percent year-on-year. This made it Vietnam’s largest source market. South Korea (+34.0 percent to 741,069) was second, and combined, these two countries accounted for 41.3 percent of total international arrivals to Vietnam.

Japan (+12.7 percent to 355,886), the US (+14.5 percent to 292,960) and Taiwan (+15.8 percent to 242,371) completed the top five source markets, while a strong rebound in arrivals from Russia (+21.1 percent to 204,364) also helped drive Vietnam’s tourism recovery.

Last year, Vietnam welcomed a total of 7.94m international visitors. But if the current rate of growth continues in the second half, Vietnam will end 2016 with more than 9.5m visitors. It should be noted however, that Vietnamese tourism suffered a weak first half in 2015, with visitor arrivals falling 11.3 percent year-on-year.


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