International Tourist Boom in Vietnam in January 2024

Vietnam's tourism industry has witnessed a surge in international visitors, with over 1.5 million people flocking to the country in the first month of 2024.

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In the first month of 2024, Vietnam welcomed over 1.5 million international visitors

According to the socio-economic report for January 2024 released by the General Statistics Office on the morning of January 29, in January 2024, Vietnam’s tourism sector received 1,512,313 international visitors, an increase of 10.3% compared to the previous month and a 73.6% increase compared to the same period last year. This number is higher than the number of visitors in January 2019 – the year before the Covid-19 pandemic (1,501,766 visitors).

Specifically, out of the total of over 1.5 million international visitors to Vietnam in January 2024, visitors arriving by air reached nearly 1.3 million, accounting for 85.1% of the total international visitors to Vietnam and an increase of 60.9% compared to the same period last year; those arriving by road reached 176.9 thousand, accounting for 11.7% and a 2.7-fold increase; those traveling by sea reached 48.4 thousand, accounting for 3.2% and an 8.6-fold increase.

Of note, South Korea remains the largest source market to Vietnam in January with 417,576 visitors, a 112.2% increase compared to the previous month and a 161.3% increase compared to the same period last year. China is the second largest source market to Vietnam in January with 242,181 visitors, an increase of 103.4% compared to the previous month and a 1,525.5% increase compared to the same period last year.

Following is the Taiwan (China) market with 84,213 visitors. The US market is the fourth largest when it had 75,651 visitors to Vietnam in January, an increase of 128.9% compared to the previous month and a 97.1% increase compared to the same period last year.

Especially, January saw remarkable growth of the Australia market when it ranked fifth with 62,100 visitors, an increase of more than 1.5 times compared to the previous month (37,040 visitors). The Japan market ranked sixth with 60,630 visitors.

Visitors from India continue to rise with 46,136 visitors, rising to the eighth place among the top 10 source markets to Vietnam in January 2024.

The report from the General Statistics Office shows that tourism revenue for January 2024 is estimated at 4.4 trillion VND, an increase of 18.5% compared to the same period last year. Some localities with high growth rates include: Hanoi with an increase of 24.4%; Ho Chi Minh City with an increase of 22.8%; Dong Nai with an increase of 9.1%; Quang Ninh with an increase of 9%; Hai Phong with an increase of 4.9%; Kien Giang with a decrease of 3.9%; Tra Vinh with a decrease of 5.7%; Binh Thuan with a decrease of 7.2%; Phu Yen with a decrease of 24.6%.

According to Nhan Dan newspaper, tourism and accommodation revenue for January 2024 is estimated at 58.9 trillion VND, an increase of 10.2% compared to the same period last year. Some localities with high revenue increases include: Da Nang with an increase of 29.9%; Ho Chi Minh City with an increase of 14.7%; Hanoi with an increase of 10.8%; Thua Thien Hue with an increase of 9.3%; Bac Ninh with an increase of 8.1%; Binh Dinh with an increase of 7.0%; Binh Duong with an increase of 6.6%.

The number of international visitors to Vietnam is increasing rapidly from the beginning of the new year. Illustrative image.

The tourism industry aims to welcome 17-18 million international visitors

In 2024, the tourism industry aims to welcome 17-18 million international visitors; serve 110 million domestic visitors; and achieve a total tourism revenue of about 840 trillion VND.

According to VTC News, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung said that in 2023, Vietnam received 12.6 million international visitors with an estimated total revenue of 678 trillion VND. With the impressive acceleration since the end of 2023, especially the positive signals at the beginning of the new year 2024, Vietnam’s tourism can achieve the set goals and fully recover as before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Recently, at the Southeast Asia Tourism Forum held in the capital Vientiane (Laos), the organizers honored and awarded the “ASEAN Clean City for Tourism” award for 3 cities in Vietnam including Vung Tau City, Hue City and Quy Nhon City.

“ASEAN Clean City for Tourism” is an annual award of ASEAN to contribute to honoring and developing high-quality tourism brands in the region. The award is presented every 2 years in even years. In order to win this award, localities and units in the region need to submit registration files.

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