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Vietnam far behind SE Asian peers in tourism development ranking

Vietnam far behind SE Asian peers in tourism development ranking

Sunday, May 26, 2024, 09:00 GMT+7
Vietnam far behind SE Asian peers in tourism development ranking
New Zealand tourists enjoy 'bánh mì' (Vietnamese bread) in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam places 59th among 119 economies in this year’s Travel & Tourism Development Index (TTDI), lagging behind several of its Southeast Asian counterparts due to restricted tourism services and infrastructure.

The nation earned an overall score of 3.96 points out of seven, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s latest report.

This marks a notable decline from 2022 when the country held the 52nd position among 117 economies with an average score of 4.1 points.

According to the WEF, the Vietnamese tourism industry recorded its lowest score in tourist services and infrastructure, garnering 2.2 points and landing at the 80th position out of 119 countries and territories.

The country’s prioritization of tourism index scored 3.63 points, placing it 98th overall.

Regarding the index of socio-economic impact, Vietnam ranked 115th out of 119 countries and territories, scoring 2.95 points.

Vietnam excelled in price competitiveness, scoring 5.68 points to rank 16th globally, and safety and security, with 6.19 points placing it 23rd globally.


In Southeast Asia, Singapore secured the highest ranking with its TTDI placed at 13th position out of 119 countries and territories.

Countries ranking above Vietnam included Indonesia at 22nd, Malaysia at 35th, and Thailand at 47th. 

Vietnam was followed by the Philippines at 69th, Cambodia at 86th, and Laos at 91st. 

Among the Southeast Asian countries, Indonesia demonstrated the most significant improvement, climbing from 36th in 2022 to the 22nd position in 2024.

The U.S. topped the ranking, followed by Spain, Japan, and France.

The WEF introduced its inaugural report on the Travel & Tourism Development Index in 2007. 

Over the years, this report has become a leading benchmark for the global tourism industry.

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