Over 2.35 million foreign tourists visit Vietnam in 10 months

Saturday, 29/10/2022 17:15
More than 2.35 million international visitors have visited Vietnam in the first 10 months of 2022, the General Statistics Office (GSO) unveiled on October 29.

Foreign visitors in Hanoi (Photo: baochinhphu.vn) 

The figure is 18.8 times higher than that in the same period last year, but still down 83.7% compared with the pre-pandemic level in 2019, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

In addition, the number of foreign visitors in October increased 12.1% from the previous month.

Of the 2.35 million visitors, up to 88.8% travelled by air, 24.9 times higher than the number recorded in the same period last year, the office said.

The tourism sector is working hard to lure more foreign holidaymakers during the peak period until April 2023, with India regarded as a promising market.

According to Google Destination Insights, search volume for airlines to Vietnam from India increased by 400% year on year in early April alone, and continued to increase by over 3,000% a month later. Since the beginning of June, this rate has increased at a stable rate of more than 1,000% compared to the same period last year. The number of searches for accommodation in Vietnam has also tripled since the beginning of April.

The central province of Quang Nam, home to UNESCO-recognised Hoi An ancient city and My Son Sanctuary, will organise a roadshow to promote its tourism in New Delhi in early 2023.


Foreign visitors visit Hoi An ancient town (Photo: toquoc.vn) 

The 2022 Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF), themed “Rebuild Tourism, Rebound with Resilience”, took place successfully in Quang Nam on October 12 with the participation of more than 250 delegates from Vietnam and other Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) nations, as well as international tourism organisations.

With the success of the forum, Vietnam showed its commitments to further working together with other members of the Sub-Mekong region to strengthen solidarity and coordination to boost the regional tourism sector in the new context.

Vietnam’s trade surplus reaches 9.4 billion USD in 10 months

The General Statistics Office (GSO) said that Vietnam’s trade surplus reaches 9.4 billion USD in the first 10 months of 2022, compared to 630 million USD in the same period last year.

In October, the country's total export and import value was estimated at 58.27 billion USD, up 0.1% month on month and 5.7% year on year, the GSO said on October 29.


Vietnam’s trade surplus reaches 9.4 billion USD in 10 months (Photo: VOV) 

The 10-month foreign trade stood at about 616.24 billion USD, up 14.1% from the same period last year, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

That included 312.82 billion USD in exports, rising 15.9%, with 80.36 billion USD coming from the domestic sector (up 13.4%) and 232.46 billion USD from the foreign invested sector (up 16.8%).

Thirty-two commodities recorded export revenue of over 1 billion USD each during the period, accouting for 92.8% of total overseas shipments. Among them, six brought home over 10 billion USD each, making up 64.1%.

Meanwhile, Vietnam imported about 303.42 billion USD worth of goods, increasing 12.2% year on year, with the domestic sector accounting for 105.28 billion USD (up 12.5%) and the foreign invested sector, 198.14 billion USD (up 12%).

Forty-four commodities posted import value of over 1 billion USD each, accounting for 93% of the total imports. Four of them saw this figure at over 10 billion USD each, accounting for 52.7%, statistics showed.

Between January and October, the US was the largest importer, purchasing some 93.4 billion USD worth of Vietnamese goods. China ranked first among exporters when shipping 100.7 billion USD worth of goods to Vietnam.


The 10-month foreign trade stood at about 616.24 billion USD (Photo: congthuong.vn) 

Meanwhile, agro-forestry-aquatic product exports and imports totalled 82.1 billion USD in the 10 months, rising 10.2% from the same period last year, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

That consisted of more than 44.9 billion USD in exports (up 14.1%) and 37.2 billion USD in imports (up 5.8%), resulting in a trade surplus of 7.7 billion USD (up 83.7%).

Since the year’s beginning, eight products/groups of products have generated over 2 billion USD in export revenue each, namely coffee, rubber, rice, fruits and vegetables, cashew nuts, shrimp, tra fish, and wood products.

The US has bought more than 11.4 billion USD worth of agro-forestry-aquatic products from Vietnam, accounting for 25.4% of total exports and remaining the latter’s biggest export market. It was followed by China (8.3 billion USD, 18.5%) and Japan (3.5 billion USD, 7.8%)./.

140 tonnes of durian exported to China through Lao Cai border gate

A total of 140 tonnes of fresh durians have been exported to China through the Kim Thanh II international border gate in the northern province of Lao Cai, according to figures released by local authorities, reported Radio the Voice of Vietnam, according to Radio the Voice of Vietnam.

As a means of facilitating customs clearance, local enterprises are required to fully meet requirements set by specialised agencies in terms of food safety and hygiene control, residues of pesticides, as well as regulations relating to packaging and origin traceability.


140 tonnes of durian exported to China through Lao Cai border gate (Photo: VOV) 

Furthermore, Lao Cai province also directed relevant units at the border gate to facilitate customs declaration, whilst proactively contacting and co-ordinating with the Chinese side to speed up customs clearance procedures for local businesses.

Pham Hung, deputy head of Lao Cai Border Gate Management Board, said with the great efforts made by border management agencies of both sides, the Lao Cai international border gate will be an option for local firms seeking to export their agricultural products, including durian fruit, to the Chinese market in the near future.

Fresh durian products have been officially exported through Lao Cai since October 11, based on the Protocol signed between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam and the General Administration of Customs China (GACC) related to phytosanitary requirements placed on Vietnamese durian exports./.

Compiled by BTA