The number of domestic tourists during the period was estimated at 38 million.
Total revenue from tourists was estimated at 196.6 trillion VND (8.3 billion USD).
Of the total visitors, up to 88.7% travelled by air, 10.1% by road, and 1.2% by sea.
In April alone, Vietnam welcomed 984,000 international travellers, the highest figure from the beginning of this year and an increase of 9.9% from the previous month. The country served 10.5 million domestic tourists in the month.
The Republic of Korea remains Vietnam's biggest tourism market in the first four months of this year with one million visitors, followed by the US with 263,000 and China with 252,000 travellers.
The number of Chinese tourists to Vietnam in April was 112,000, up 61.5% from the previous month thanks to China’s border reopening to group tours from March 15.
Revenues from accommodation and catering services between January to April are estimated to reach 214.8 trillion VND, representing a year-on-year increase of 25%.
Meanwhile, thanks to exciting cultural and tourism activities taking place in many localities in the early months of the year across localities, travel revenue was estimated at 9.1 trillion VND, nearly 2.1 times higher than the same period last year.
This year, Vietnam is striving to serve 110 million tourists, including 8 million foreigners, and earn around 650 trillion VND from tourism services.
According to VNAT, the screening of the film “A tourist’s guide to love” which was shot in Vietnam has attracted the attention of audience around the world. The film features the beauty of local landscapes along with the beauty of Vietnamese people and culture at six main locations namely Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City; Da Nang; Hoi An, My Son (Quang Nam) and Ha Giang.
It ranks third in the list of globally most-watched movies on Netflix with 13.4 million viewing hours.
The film not only popularises the image of Vietnam's beauty to international friends, but also inspires international tourists to come to Vietnam immediately, the VNAT said.
Ha Long-Cam Pha coastal road puts into operation
A coastal road connecting Ha Long and Cam Pha cities in the northern province of Quang Ninh was put into operation on April 30, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
The coastal road has a total length of 18.7km, including 10.2 km passing through Cam Pha city.
It has six lanes and a designed speed of 60km per hour.
The road runs from Tran Quoc Nghien Road in Ha Long city and ends at a T-junction near Km6 Quang Hanh port in Cam Pha City. The project plays a vital role in connecting, developing and expanding space of the two cities in the Ha Long and Bai Tu Long bays.
Cao Tuong Huy, acting chairman of the Quang Ninh provincial People’s Committee, said the completion of the road will help ease traffic density on the National Highway 18 and attract more tourists to the locality. The project is also anticipated to improve the material and spiritual life of local residents, he said.
Hot-air balloon festival opens in Can Tho
A hot-air balloon festival kicked off in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on April 30 as part of activities celebrating National Reunification Day (April 30) and May Day holidays, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
The four-day festival, which features 30 hot-air balloons of different colours and sizes, is expected to contribute to raising tourism quality and promoting Can Tho among domestic and foreign tourists, said Truong Cong Quoc Viet, Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Within the festival, goers have a chance to participate in music, culinary and art activities.
The local tourism sector aims to serve 5.2 million visitors for nearly 4.6 trillion VND (194.38 million USD) this year – a three-fold increase compared to that in 2021, as it has bounced back stronger after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last year, the Mekong Delta city welcomed 5.1 million tourists and earned over 4.1 trillion VND. These results are considered a firm foundation for the impressive comeback of the city’s tourism sector this year.
Vietnam holds coffee auction for first time
Organisers of the first Vietnam Amazing Cup 2023 put coffee up for auction for the first time in Vietnam at a ceremony in the Central Highlands city of Buon Ma Thuot on April 29, said Radio the Voice of Vietnam.
20 coffee roasters from Vietnam and abroad introduced six Robusta and an Arabica bean samples at Vietnam Coffee Auction 2023.
Beans were evaluated by professional coffee specialists through cupping techniques.
Notably, auctioned products were processed in the crop year at the time of the auction, either by the washed or honey or natural processing methods.
Le Duc Huy, vice chairman of the Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Association, said that the organization of the auction was to directly connect domestic and foreign roasters with special coffee producers, to commercialize high-quality coffee products and create added value for Vietnamese coffee.
Earlier at the final round of the Vietnam Specialty Coffee Contest 2023, the organizing board also announced 71 samples to be certified for Vietnamese specialty coffee in 2023, top 10 specialty Arabica coffee and top 10 specialty Robusta coffee./.