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Vietnam receives nearly eight million int’l guests in Jan-Aug

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam has almost achieved its full-year target by welcoming nearly eight million international guests in the first eight months of the year.

Data from the General Statistics Office showed that August has seen the highest monthly number of international guests this year, with over 1.2 million foreign arrivals, a 17.2% increase from the previous month.

From January to August, the total number of foreign visitors to Vietnam has surpassed 7.8 million, reaching nearly 98% of the full-year goal.

South Korea has remained Vietnam’s primary tourism source market for the past eight months, contributing 2.2 million guests, which accounts for 29% of the total. China follows with 950,000 visitors and the U.S. comes third with 503,000 visitors.

Among Vietnam’s top ten international tourism markets, substantial guest contributions come from South Korea, China, Taiwan, and Japan in Northeast Asia, as well as Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia in Southeast Asia, along with Australia and India.

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism noted that major tourism markets have propelled this month’s growth.

In August, major tourism source markets such as South Korea, China, and Japan experienced significant growth, with respective increases of 34.9%, 17.7%, and 53.8%. Moreover, there has been a rise in guest numbers from Southeast Asian nations like Thailand, Cambodia, and the Philippines.

The European Union (EU) market has also been a major market this month, with the number of visitors to Vietnam increasing by 37.7% compared to the previous month.

Vietnam anticipates a substantial influx of international guests for the remainder of the year as the peak holiday season approaches, according to the Vietnam National Authority of Tourism.

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