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Breaking Record, 13 Million Foreigners Spend Holidays in Vietnam in 2017

Breaking Record, 13 Million Foreigners Spend Holidays in Vietnam in 2017

About 13 million foreigners chose Vietnam as their holiday destination in 2017, which is considered a record of the tourism sector and marked a year-on-year rise of nearly 3 million in the number of foreign visitors for the first time.

Meanwhile, the sector served 73.2 million domestic tourists. It earned 510.9 trillion VND (22.5 billion USD) from visitors this year, according to statistics unveiled at a meeting of the State steering committee for tourism in Hanoi on December 26.

Ho Chi Minh City. Image: Vietnam Travel Guide
Ho Chi Minh City. Image: Vietnam Travel Guide

 

Local tourism accommodation has been developed, surpassing 25,000 establishments with more than 500,000 rooms. There are now 116 five-star hotels with over 33,000 rooms, 259 four-star hotels, and 488 three-star hotels nationwide.

According to VietnamNet Bridge, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) reported that the tourism sector successfully fulfilled the target of 30-percent rise in the number of foreign visitors.

Hanoi Street Food Tour. Image: phoenixpalacehotel.com
Hanoi Street Food Tour. Image: phoenixpalacehotel.com

 

As quoted in Hanoi Times, Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Nguyen Van Tuan said while the number of international visitors to other countries in July and August declined such as South Korea (down 40 percent), Thailand (down 9.5 percent), Malaysia (down 7.5 percent), and the Philippines (down 38 percent), Vietnam attracted over 1.2 million foreigners, a monthly increase of 18.5 percent.

Vietnam ranks 67th among 136 economies in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index 2017, up eight places compared to the same period in 2015.

Hoi An, Vietnam. Image: Vietnam Travel Guide
Hoi An, Vietnam. Image: Vietnam Travel Guide

 

Hanoi Times reported that the world’s largest tourism website TripAdvisor announced a list of ten most attractive spots in Vietnam voted by tourists. Notably, the central province of Quang Binh climbed to fourth on the list, behind Hoi An, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City only.

According to TripAdvisor, Quang Binh was described as a heaven for exploration and experiences with various tourism destinations and routes such as Son Doong cave, Tu Lan cave system, Da Nhay Beach and Phong Nha- Ke Bang cave, among others.

 

 

Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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