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S.Korean, Chinese tourists dominate Vietnam’s int'l visitor arrivals in January-February

S.Korean, Chinese tourists dominate Vietnam’s int'l visitor arrivals in January-February

Sunday, March 03, 2024, 10:33 GMT+7
S.Korean, Chinese tourists dominate Vietnam’s int'l visitor arrivals in January-February
Chinese tourists visit My Son Sanctuary in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam during the 2024 Lunar New Year holiday. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre

The South Korean and Chinese tourist markets together represented more than 40 percent of over three million international visitors to Vietnam in January and February, according to the Vietnam National Authority of Tourism.

The three million foreign tourists marked a 68.7-percent increase from the same period last year.

South Korea remained Vietnam’s leading international tourist market, accounting for 27.7 percent with 844,000 arrivals, while China followed closely with 538,000 visits. 

Taiwan ranked third with 198,000 visits, trailed by the U.S. with 156,000 visits. 

Impressively, the Chinese market exhibited significant recovery, surging 7.5 times compared to the same period in 2023.

Among Vietnam’s top 10 largest tourism markets were Japan with 107,000 visits, Australia with 97,000 visits, Malaysia with 92,000 visits, India with 79,000 visits, Cambodia with 79,000 visits, and Thailand with 76,000 visits.

The monthly number of international visitors to Vietnam from January 2023 to February 2024. Graphics: Tuoi Tre

The monthly number of international visitors to Vietnam from January 2023 to February 2024. Graphics: Tuoi Tre

European markets experienced robust growth, particularly those benefiting from Vietnam's unilateral visa exemption policies such as England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Russia.

Of the three million international tourists, 84.2 percent arrived by air, marking a 1.6-fold rise from the same period in 2023; road travel accounted for 12.8 percent, while sea transport made up three percent.

These indicators are promising for Vietnam’s tourism industry to achieve the goal of welcoming 18 million international visitors this year, equal to the pre-COVID-19 pandemic record level recorded in 2019.

In February alone, Vietnam welcomed over 1.53 million international visitors.

With domestic tourism thriving, the country also saw approximately 14 million visitors in February, who made around 4.9 million overnight stays. 

Total tourist revenue for the month is estimated at VND136.1 trillion (US$5.5 billion).

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Bao Anh - Nhu Binh / Tuoi Tre News

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