HCMC – HCMC’s tourism sector posted revenue of over VND6.5 trillion during the first three days of the Lunar New Year holiday (Tet), the city’s Department of Tourism said on February 12.
International visitors increased by 15.4% compared to the same period in 2023, totaling around 75,000. Domestic tourists also contributed significantly, with around 1.8 million recorded, a 5.9% increase from the previous year.
The rise in tourist arrivals reflects the appeal of new domestic tourism offerings recently introduced by local businesses. Key attractions included upscale resort tours and “free & easy” packages, catering to modern tourists’ preferences for personalized experiences.
The city’s Tourism Department credited the spike in foreign arrivals to relaxed visa policy, particularly from major markets such as the European Union, the U.S., Australia and Japan.
During the peak travel season, hospitality and dining establishments organized traditional Tet festivities, including lion dance performances and fireworks viewing, to enhance the experience for visitors.
Retail and dining establishments also offered discounts of up to 20% to locals and tourists.