Vietnam Visitors Up 20% on 2015

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Vietnam National Administration of Tourism estimates the country welcomed 757,244 international travellers in May, representing an increase of 30.2% over the same month last year.

China was the top supply market with 221,800 visits improving 35.9%. Other top performers were South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Russia.

Thailand ranked in the eighth place supplying 25,375 visits up 79.3% over the same month last year.

Neighbouring Cambodia slipped off the top 10 list, but it supplied 18,625 visits with a strong increase of 75.3%.

The bulk of arrivals in May (643,894) passed through the two main aviation gateways Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

For January to May this year, the country welcomed 4,005,878 international tourists growing 20.0% during the same period last year.

VNAT updated its data on its website, Tuesday, sourced from the government statistics office.

Local media channels attribute Vietnam’s growing tourism success to the popularity of its beach resorts.

The popular beach destinations are Danang, Khanh Hoa, and Phu Quoc and all three have performed very well in the past five years. Visitors to the three destinations grew around 23% annually and together accounted for 30% of all tourist arrivals to Vietnam. Khanh Hoa province is home to Nha Trang Bay.

Tourism insiders have urged the government to be more liberal with visas.

Vietnam’s tourism ministry recently urged the government to double the visa-free stay period for tourists from France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom to 30 days to attract more visitors.

Vietnam offers visa-free travel to seven countries; Japan, South Korea, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and Russia.

It also has a visa-free policy for nine ASEAN countries; Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and the Philippines.

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