Several ongoing trends in the Vietnamese tourism sector have contributed to its strong recovery in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, with the increasing travel demands of Gen Z and families with kids as significant contributors, according to the Visa Global Travel Intentions Study (GTI) 2023.
Vietnam, with its stunning landscapes and diverse cultural heritage sites, has become a popular destination for travelers from around the world.
According to the study, it is vital for both travelers and industry stakeholders to understand new trends in Vietnamese tourism following the pandemic.
In terms of leisure trips, families with kids and 'Silvers' – individuals older than 60 – made an average of 2.4 trips over the past 12 months, more than any other market segments, according to the GTI 2023.
Besides ticking visiting landmarks, Vietnamese tourists are now placing a strong emphasis on leisure-focused and experiential journeys.
Relaxation was the main driver of travel, followed by shopping and exploration.
As the country blossoms into a playground for adventure seekers and culture enthusiasts, tourists are opting for personalized experiences that enable them to immerse themselves in local customs, traditions, and cuisine.
Environmental awareness was also a primary catalyst for travel over the past year. As such, Vietnamese travelers demonstrated remarkable interest and action in sustainable travel.
Up to 73 percent of those surveyed said they were either interested or very interested in sustainable travel options, while half had actively looked for these options when planning trips.
With an increasing number of travelers seeking eco-conscious options, the tourism sector is witnessing a shift toward greener travel practices, more support for local communities, and the preservation of natural resources.
Given the country’s growing middle class and their increasing disposable income, Vietnamese travelers are embarking on more domestic and international trips and they seek unforgettable experiences and bonding opportunities.
About one-fifth of the respondents said visiting and connecting with friends or families would be a key motivation for travel in the next year.
Shopping has also become an integral part of the Vietnamese travel experience, with many Vietnamese travelers seeking out unique souvenirs and indulging in retail therapy as part of their journeys.
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Amid the strong development of digital technology, Vietnamese tourists prefer seamless transactions and optimal security measures.
The digital revolution is transforming payment methods, and Vietnamese travelers have embraced the convenience of credit, debit, and pre-paid cards.
Almost all Vietnamese respondents in the GTI 2023 indicated that they intended to use these cashless payment options during their journeys, streamlining transactions and enhancing their overall travel experiences.
Accordingly, 64 percent of the Vietnamese respondents said they brought their digital wallets along with them for their travels.
Thus, the incorporation of cashless payment solutions has become a pivotal pillar in travel, fostering convenience, security, and efficiency for travelers while contributing to the industry's overall vitality.
“Vietnam’s tourism is entering a new era where the role of digital payments will advance side by side with the industry as customers demand more efficient and secure payment services," said Dang Tuyet Dung, Visa country manager for Vietnam and Laos.
"Adapting swiftly, hotels, restaurants, and tour operators must cater to evolving traveler needs, supported by the growing use of cashless payment methods for added convenience.”
Amid the global recovery from COVID-19, Vietnam's tourism sector is rebounding. Domestic tourism has been pivotal, with locals exploring their own country, bolstering local businesses and jobs.
Vietnam welcomed over 7.8 million foreign visitors between January and August this year, meeting 98 percent of its full-year target of eight million international tourist arrivals.
The tourism sector also served 86 million domestic tourist arrivals in the eight-month period, according to the General Statistics Office.