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Domestic tourist numbers beat pre-pandemic levels

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The number of Vietnamese travelling within the country in the first 10 months of this year reached 98.7 million, surpassing the figure in all of 2019, a year before Covid-19 broke out in Vietnam.

In 2019, 85 million Vietnamese took domestic tours.

Vu The Binh, chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Association, said the tourism sector has shown signs of improvement since the Government eased Covid-19 pandemic restrictions two years ago and re-opened tourism services one year and a half ago.

The number of local visitors during the January-October period increased by 10% to 98.7 million compared to the same period last year. This figure represents 97% of the full-year target of 102 million.

Despite the rise in domestic tourists compared to the pre-pandemic year, travel companies have reported revenue falls as economic uncertainties have affected travel plans.

Local tourists are more inclined to take shorter trips at lower costs, especially discount tours.

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