Foreign tourists to Vietnam surge by 6.8 times in six months

Wednesday, 29/06/2022 16:55
According to the General Statistics Office (GSO), the number of foreign tourists visiting Vietnam in the first two quarters of 2022 increased 6.8 times over the same period of 2021, reaching 602,000.
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Tourists in Phu Quoc city in Kien Giang province. (Photo: VNA) 

Visitors coming by air accounted for 87% of the total and 9.4 times that of the same period last year, reported VNA.

In June alone, Vietnam welcomed nearly 237,000 foreign arrivals, up 36.8% compared to the previous month, and 32.9 times that of the same period last year.

Statistics show that the revenue from accommodation and catering services surged by 20.9% in the first six months, and 80% in June, over the same period last year.

Meanwhile, the travel service revenue in the January – June period surged by 94.4% over the same period last year thanks to the strong recovery of tourism activities, especially the boom of domestic tourism in the second quarter. Some localities recording high revenues were Khanh Hoa (up 627.8%); Can Tho (183.9%), Hanoi (129.3%); Da Nang (98.5 percent); and Quang Nam (67.8 percent).

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 Foreign tourist to Hoi An (Source: thuonghieucongluan.vn)

Notably, Hanoi served 8.61 million tourists in the reviewed period, earning 25.2 trillion VND (nearly 1.08 billion USD), up three times in both number and revenue against the same period last year.

The tourism sector of Ho Chi Minh City reported that the city welcomed 11 million domestic holiday-makers and 478,000 foreigners in the periods, up 43.1% and 100% year-on-year, respectively./.

Hanoi greets over 8.61 million visitors in first half

About 8.61 million tourists, including some 211,300 foreigners, visited Hanoi between January and June, nearly tripling the figure in the same period last year, reported VNA.

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Tourists at the Hoa Lo Prison (Photo: danviet.vn) 

The city's total tourism revenue in the first half of 2022 amounted to approximately 25.2 trillion VND (1.08 billion USD), more than three times higher than the figure in the first six months of 2021.

Local hotels rated 1-5 stars recorded an average occupation rate of over 30% during the period, up 6.11% year-on-year.

The capital city, home to 24 recognised tourist destinations, is offering a series of enticing products to attract tourists given its reopening of the local tourism industry. These include night tours at Hoa Lo Prison and Thang Long ancient citadel; a northern mountainous wet market programme at Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in Son Tay township; and Hanoi City Tour by double-decker buses. 

In addition, Hanoi has also launched many tourism exhibitions, trade fairs, and festivals.

The city eyes to welcome over 30 million visitors, including 7 foreigners, by 2025, according to the municipal Party Committee’ draft conclusion on tourism development for 2016-2020 and following years. The visitors are expected to spend more than 130 trillion VND while in the capital./.

Vietnamese firms hold trade and tourism promotion conference in Australia

According to VOV, Thien Minh Group (TMG) and national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines came together with partners to jointly organise the Vietnam Tourism and Trade Promotion Conference in Australia, with the event running with the theme of "Rediscover Vietnam".

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Participants at the event (Photo:VNA) 

The function featured the participation of over 80 businesses, organisations, travel agencies, partners, and guests from many different Australian localities.

As part of his speech at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Australia Nguyen Tat Thanh stated that the Vietnamese Government is fully committed to opening its borders and welcoming visitors from Australia and New Zealand, as well as other countries.

For many years, Vietnam has consistently been a favourite destination for Australian tourists. Indeed, back in 2019 just before the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of tourists traveling between the two countries increased by a record figure of 600,000 people.

Ambassador Thanh noted that the two sides established a strategic partnership back in 2018. Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the close-knit relationship between the two countries has continued to grow across a variety of fields, such as politics, economics, and culture.

The Vietnamese diplomat said he believes that moving forward, the number of tourists traveling between the two nations will grow further, eventually surpassing the record level set in the pre-pandemic period.

As the highest-ranking representative of the Vietnamese Government in Australia, Ambassador Thanh affirmed that he would strive to create the most favourable conditions possible for Australian tourists and travel operators to access the market and explore the beauty of the nation.

Vanessa Rengger, Australia's managing director of TMG, emphasised that the "door" to Vietnam remains open to Australian tourists in particular, as well as international tourists in general. She announced that entry and visa policies have returned to the way they were before the pandemic, with the number of international visitors to the country constantly increasing.

As a means of preparing for the return of international tourists, TMG Group and Vietnamese travel companies have also outlined a welcome plan while ensuring the safety of guests without impacting their schedule, as well as giving them the ability to explore and enjoy the nation.

Truong Tran Ngoc Hung, vice president of Marketing and Sales Department of Vietnam Airlines, said that following the Vietnamese Government announcing the opening of the border, Vietnam Airlines swiftly resumed regular flights to 15 international destinations, with Australia being a priority markets.

Currently in the Australian market, Vietnam Airlines is operating seven direct flights per week, connecting major cities in both countries. It is expected that from July, the airline's flight schedule will increase to 11 flights and will continue to expand to 16 flights starting from the end of October.

Rebecca George, managing director of Marketing and Communications at SCL, said that in April, a total of 610,000 tourists from Australia headed abroad, a record number since the outbreak of the pandemic, with this trend expected to continue to increase in the near future.

The "Rediscover Vietnam" conference held in Australia represents the closing event of a series of Vietnamese tourism promotion programmes that have been organised by TMG, Vietnam Airlines, and partners throughout many countries, including the UK, Germany, France, the United States, Japan, and the Republic of Korea.

The conference took place at the start of Australia's winter break follow their complete removal of pandemic prevention requirements coupled with the acceleration of its international tourism promotion scheme.

Vietnam’s CPI up 2.44% in six months

Vietnam’s consumer price index (CPI) in the January – June period rose by 2.44% year-on-year while its core inflation edged up 1.25%, VNA cited the report by the General Statistics Office (GSO) at a press conference on June 29.

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Illustrative image (Photo: VNA) 

The CPI was up 2.96% in the second quarter, and 3.37% in June alone, compared to the same periods last year.

GSO General Director Nguyen Thi Huong attributed the CPI hike to the increase in prices of essential consumer goods and services, materials for production and transportation costs.

According to the GSO, the world commodity market in the January – June period continued to witness many fluctuations and was influenced by economic and political factors.

The global economic recovery, the increasing demand for raw materials and fuel for production, and the disruption in supply chains are main reasons behind the sharp surge of commodity prices on the international market.

The GSO said prices of petrol and gas in the second quarter increased by 54.92% and 30.99% over the same period last year, causing the overall CPI to rise by 1.98 and 0.45 percentage points, respectively.

 

Meanwhile, prices of pork dropped 18.56% percent year-on-year, causing the overall CPI to fall by 0.63 percentage point, it said.

The prices of education services and housing rental, which declined by 2.86% and 12.33%, respectively, also pushed the CPI down./.

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