|Quang Ninh receives 500 foreign tourists by sea on the first day of the Lunar New year. (Photo: nhandan.com.vn)
The Republic of Korea still sent the most tourists to Vietnam this month with 258,946 arrivals. It was followed by the US with 77,897 arrivals and Thailand with 54,985 arrivals.
Although China has opened its borders since January 8, the number of visitors from this country to Vietnam in January is still modest, estimated at 15,875.
International visitors to Vietnam by air accounted for the majority with 91.9%, while those by road accounted for 7.5% and by sea accounted for 0.6%.
According to statistics, tourism revenue in January is estimated at 2,200 billion VND, up 113.4% over the same period last year.
Some localities witnessed strong growth in number of tourists, such as Hai Phong up 541.5%; Da Nang, 387.1%; Tien Giang, 380.2%; Lao Cai, 196.3%; Hanoi, 113.8%; and Ho Chi Minh City, 98.7%.
According to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, from January 21 to 26 (December 29 to the 5th of the Lunar New Year 2023), localities across the country welcomed a large number of international visitors.
Notably, the capital city Hanoi served 332,000 tourists, including 32,000 foreigners, during the Tet holiday, according to the municipal Department of Tourism.
The number of tourists increased dramatically at key monuments, museums, parks, ecological zones, and resorts in the city.
Van Mieu (the Temple of Literature) - Quoc Tu Giam (the first university in Vietnam) and the Huong Pagoda received about 80,000 visitors each. Meanwhile, the Thang Long Imperial Citadel, the Special National Relic of Co Loa, Duong Lam ancient village – the Son Tay ancient citadel received 19,700; 18,000 and 15,000 visitors, respectively.
Sa Pa, a famous destination in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai, welcomed around 88,000 domestic and foreign travellers during Tet – the largest festival in the year for Vietnamese people. This figure represented a year-on-year rise of 20%.
Notably, the occupancy rate reached up to 95% on January 24-26 (or the third to fifth day of the first lunar month).
Meanwhile, about 140,000 tourists visited the south central province of Binh Thuan, which is famous for its beautiful beaches, from January 20-25, up 64.7% year-on-year. Revenue from tourism services is estimated at 310 billion VND.
The southernmost province of Ca Mau welcomed nearly 164,500 tourists, and pocketed 120.5 billion VND from tourism services during the holiday.
The figures represented year-on-year increases of 61% and 145%, respectively, according to the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism./.