The United Nations World Tourism Organisation has recently announced that Vietnam is ranked 7th in the world for tourism growth. In addition, Vietnam was the only country in south East Asia to be ranked in the top 10.
In total, foreign tourists visiting Vietnam rose 26% to a record 10 million in 2016. This has earned the country’s tourism industry around VND400 trillion ($17.6 billion). The country is expecting visitors in 2017 to be even higher with the first half of the year seeing 6.2 million visitors which is a 30% increase on the same time last year.
Last year the New York Times listed Vietnam as the place you must visit in your twenties.
The seaside town of Hoi An was named by trip advisor users as one of the world’s top travel destinations of 2017. Also selected were Sa Pa and Da Lat which received the titles of “best vacation choices” for the year.
The Telegraph newspaper has named Hanoi as a top destination for an amazing food experience, whilst Ho Chi Minh City often tops the lists of best destination for both solo and retiree travellers. Both of these cities have been named amongst the world’s fastest growing tourist spots by MasterCard last year.
Vietnam hopes to welcome 20 million visitors by 2020 and boost tourism revenue to $35 million per year. This target is made easier due to the country’s recent online visa application process (E-visa) which allows applicants to receive a reply within just 3 days. Tourists from any country can now apply for a visa online without the need for an invitation or letter of guarantor.
The dramatic rise in visitors can also be attributed to the country’s significant investment in infrastructure. Plans are in place to build over 2,000km of new highways, airport expansions and metro systems in Ho Chi Minh City.
The investments that have been made in transport and infrastructure have opened up a range of coastal spots beyond the long-standing hot spots of Nha Trang-Cam Ranh and Da Nang-Hoi.
The hospitality industry is also seeing a huge boost with many hotels seeing a large increase in business and corporate demand in HCM City and Ha Noi, with many manufacturers entering Vietnam and relocating staff from other parts of Asia. Hotel investors are also keen to capitalise on the Vietnam market!
Finally – Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has recently launched their new “eye-catching” website which has been designed to help promote local tourism better. With its new interface and seven specific tourism regions, VNAT is hoping it will allow visitors to search for their favourite places more easily. There are four type of tourism that can be chosen; Sea tourism, cultural tourism, sport and recreation tourism and natural and ecological tourism.
First launched back in 2007, the website is available in a total of 7 languages. This year social media channels have also been added to the site, allowing travellers to share information about Vietnam with others around the world.