Foreign tourist number in H1 recovers to 7 pct of pre-pandemic levels

Foreign tourist number in H1 recovers to 7 pct of pre-pandemic levels

Russia vacationers at a beach in Cam Ranh in central Vietnam, November 2021. Picture courtesy of Cam Ranh Rivera Beach Resort

Vietnam obtained 602,000 overseas arrivals within the first half of this 12 months, round 7 p.c of pre-pandemic ranges in 2019.

The determine grew 6.8 occasions towards the identical interval final 12 months when Vietnam nonetheless maintained entry restrictions, in accordance with the Normal Statistics Workplace (GSO).

Most guests arrived by air, accounting for over 87 p.c of the full, up 9.4 occasions towards the identical interval of final 12 months.

Vietnam’s tourism restoration this 12 months has been pushed primarily by Asian guests who account for practically 65 p.c of whole overseas arrivals, or 392,000.

Officers stated the lifting of entry restrictions and resumption of standard flights to over 20 worldwide markets have boosted the nation’s tourism restoration.

A lot of Vietnam’s greatest cities have witnessed a tourism growth after practically two years.

The variety of vacationer arrivals to Hanoi within the January-June interval elevated by 3 times year-on-year to eight.61 million, together with 211,000 foreigners.

Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, Vietnam’s southern metropolis, obtained 478,000 overseas vacationers, up 100%.

Beginning March 15, the nation allowed quarantine-free entry and resumed pre-pandemic visa exemption coverage for residents from 24 international locations, together with Japan, South Korea and European economies.

Nevertheless, the federal government at the moment solely points one-month single-entry visa to guests from different international locations, and has not resumed issuing three-month visas as earlier than the pandemic.

Travel corporations complained unfriendly visa insurance policies are nonetheless the most important barrier for Vietnam’s tourism restoration.

Vietnam targets 5 million overseas vacationers this 12 months, round 30 p.c of the overseas arrivals in 2019.