HCMC – More than 15,000 international tourists visited Vietnam this month, up 42.4% month-on-month, after the country launched a pilot program to welcome back international travelers, according to data of the General Statistics Office of Vietnam.
Under the pilot program, the Government allowed five localities—Kien Giang Province’s Phu Quoc, Khanh Hoa, Quang Nam, Danang and Quang Ninh—to welcome international tourists through package tours via charter and commercial flights to designated locations.
In the January-November period this year, the number of international visitors to Vietnam reached 140,100 arrivals, declining over 96% year-on-year due to the impact of the pandemic. Of them, the number of air travelers that accounted for nearly 69% of total international visitors fell nearly 97%, while that of road travelers that made up some 30% of the total plunged around 93%.
Nguyen Trung Khanh, head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), said a recent event welcoming the first group of international tourists to Vietnam marked a new step in the country’s efforts to revive the tourism industry and paved the way for the country’s reopening plan in the new normal.
Further, to increase the effectiveness of the local tourism sector’s “Live fully in Vietnam campaign”, VNAT has implemented various measures to promote tourism through video clips, photos, articles posted on media channels and social media platforms at home and abroad.