China Reclaims Top Spot as Viet Nam's Largest Tourist Source in May 2024

China Reclaims Top Spot as Viet Nam's Largest Tourist Source in May 2024
China reclaims position as Vietnam's largest source of tourists | Photo by Minh Pham on Unsplash

In a significant shift in tourism trends, China has once again emerged as Vietnam's leading source of visitors. May 2024 saw a staggering 357,907 Chinese tourists arriving in Vietnam, accounting for nearly 40% of all foreign arrivals and marking a major milestone since China reopened its borders in March 2022.

This surge in Chinese tourism reclaims the top spot previously held by South Korea in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. May's figures position South Korea as the second largest source market with 351,000 visitors, followed by Taiwan, Japan, and the U.S. The top 10 source markets also included Cambodia, India, Thailand, Australia, and Malaysia, according to the General Statistics Office.

Vietnam welcomed a total of 1.38 million international visitors in May, a 51% increase compared to the same period last year, signaling a robust recovery for the tourism sector. However, it's worth noting a slight 10% decrease from the previous month of April.

The resurgence of Chinese tourism has spurred Southeast Asian countries to capitalize on the world's largest outbound tourism market. Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore have all implemented visa-free entry policies for Chinese tourists, recognizing the immense potential for economic growth through tourism.

Key Points:

  • China's resurgence: China is once again Vietnam's top tourist source, with 357,907 arrivals in May 2024.
  • Tourism boom: Vietnam welcomed 1.38 million international visitors in May, up 51% year-on-year.
  • Regional competition: Southeast Asian countries are vying for Chinese tourists through visa-free policies.


Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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