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Int’l visitors to Vietnam in Q1 surpass pre-Covid-19 levels

By Dang Huy

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HCMC – Vietnam has experienced a remarkable resurgence in international tourism, with over 4.6 million foreign visitors coming in the first quarter of this year, according to the General Statistics Office of Vietnam.

The figure represents a staggering year-on-year rise of 72% and a 3.2% expansion over the pre-pandemic level of 2019.

March alone saw nearly 1.6 million international visitors arriving in Vietnam, a 4.4% increase from the previous month and a 78.6% rise versus the same period last year.

Experts attribute this growth to a combination of relaxed visa policy, robust tourism promotion programs, and concerted efforts by the Government and tourism stakeholders to attract international tourists to Vietnam.

South Korea maintains its position as Vietnam’s largest tourism source market, accounting for over 26% of the total arrivals, with 1.2 million visitors in the first quarter. China follows closely behind with 890,000 visitors, or 19% of the total.

Other significant international markets include Japan, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, India, and Cambodia.

Vietnam has seen near-complete recovery in several international tourist markets, with tourist arrivals from Australia soaring by 120%. Arrivals from Asia, America, and Europe have also shown impressive growth rates of 104%, 103%, and 97%, respectively.

Statistics indicate that the majority of international visitors preferred air travel, accounting for over 3.9 million arrivals, while arrivals by sea and road reached over 136,000 and nearly 630,000, respectively.

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