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Vietnam attracts largest number of int’l guests in July post pandemic

By Dang Huy

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HCMC – Vietnam has seen its most substantial influx of international guests since it reopened its borders on March 15, 2022 when Covid-19 infections ebbed, with over one million visitors arriving this month.

According to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, Vietnam welcomed nearly 1.04 million international guests in July, up 6.5% over the previous month and a three-fold rise year-on-year. This figure represents 79% of the pre-pandemic level seen in July 2019.

In the first seven months of the year, the total number of foreign visitors to Vietnam reached nearly 6.6 million, achieving 83% of the full-year target.

Domestically, there were 12.5 million guests this month, with 8.3 million using accommodation services. In the first seven months, the number of local visitors amounted to 76.5 million.

The tourism sector’s total income from these guests has been estimated at VND416,600 billion in January to July.

South Korea remains Vietnam’s largest tourism source market, contributing nearly 1.9 million guests, one-third of the total number. China comes second with 738,000 guests, followed by the U.S with 445,000 guests.

In July, the European Union (EU) market significantly grew, mainly contributed by the UK, France, and Germany, with a respective increase of 14.5%, 35.9%, and 27.3%.

There was also an increase in the number of guests coming from Vietnam’s leading tourism source markets, such as South Korea, China, the U.S, Taiwan, Japan, and Australia in July, against the previous month. However, the number of foreign visitors from ASEAN countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia has declined this month.

With the achievement of 83% of the full-year target in the first seven months, Vietnam’s tourism sector is expected to realize its plan soon, as there is still ample room for growth, especially with the international holiday season approaching at the end of this year.

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