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Int’l visitor arrivals improve sharply

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam has attracted more than one million international tourists per month for four consecutive months, showed data from the Vietnam National Authority of Tourism and the General Statistics Office.

The recent surge has sent the total number of foreign tourist arrivals in the first 10 months of this year reaching nearly 10 million.

The total number of foreign guests to the country between January and October has surged by 4.2 times compared to the same period last year. This achievement has beat the original target of eight million international visitors set for the entire year.

In October alone, over 5.2 million domestic tourists have been recorded, with 3.7 million using lodging services. The total number of domestic tourists in the first 10 months has reached nearly 1.3 million.

South Korea has continued to be Vietnam’s largest source market for tourism, with 2.9 million visitors from January to October, followed by China with 1.3 million. Other significant markets generating substantial numbers of tourists to Vietnam include the U.S., Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Australia and India.

Among the three major European tourism source markets for Vietnam, the UK has provided the most significant number of guests, with 206,000 arrivals. France and Germany follow with 169,000 and 159,000 arrivals, respectively.

Thailand has displayed the most substantial growth among Vietnam’s tourism source markets in October, with 41,000 arrivals, rising 28% against the previous month. In the year to date, 392,000 Thai guests have visited Vietnam, nearly tripling the previous year’s figure and approaching the pre-pandemic level of 397,000.

Total tourism revenue generated between January and October has amounted to VND583 trillion, fulfilling nearly 90% of the full-year target of VND650 trillion.

According to a report on the country’s January-October socio-economic performance, the services and tourism sector has grown by 6.24%, contributing significantly to the overall GDP’s growth.

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