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Tourism revenue reaches 78% of pre-Covid 2019

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam’s tourism industry has generated VND394.2 trillion in revenue in the year through September, equivalent to 78% of the same period of 2019 when the pre-Covid tourism sector was at its best, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) reported.

Vietnam saw over 1.8 million international arrivals in the first nine months of the year. In the third quarter alone, 1.2 million foreigners came, a 2.5-fold increase over the second quarter, indicating the tourism industry is bouncing back after the country reopened international tourism on March 15.

Still, the figures show Vietnam has achieved only a third of the full-year target of welcoming five million international visitors, down 85.4% compared to 2019.

According to VNAT, most foreign travelers came from South Korea, with 489,400 visitors, accounting for 26%, followed by guests from the United States and other Asian countries.

However, the number of Indians arriving in Vietnam exceeded that of 2019, with 61,300 in the first nine months and 15,000 in September. This may be the fruit of the country’s efforts to open air services to India and promote tourism, VNAT said. 

Domestic tourists between January and September totaled 86.8 million, increasing by 1.8 million visitors over 2019, signaling a rapid recovery in domestic tourism. 

That said, the figures have tapered off since the peak season ended in June, VNAT reported.

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