– Visa simplification for major tourism markets show first effects.
– Asian markets start to recover
Finally, visa simplification as well as the implementation of free visa-on-arrival for France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK are producing results according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. In August 2015, total arrivals to Vietnam grew by 7.5% compared to August 2014. With 5.06 million international arrivals since January, Vietnam tourism is still down by 7.5% compared to the period January-August 2014. However this is a marked improvement from previous months when total arrivals were still down by double-digit figures.
Good news is the recovery of Asian markets, particularly China, up in August by 17.6%, Taiwan up by 30.9%, Singapore (+34.1%) or Hong Kong, which is August top performer with a grow in total arrivals of 172%.
The free visa-on-arrival rule for five Western European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK) still do not have a marked effect on tourist arrivals from those countries. French, German and Italian visitors are still down in a range of -0.3% to 2.1% in August 2015 compared to the same month of 2014. Only Spain and the UK show an improvement, respectively of 13% and 2.8%. However August is traditionally the low season for Europeans to Vietnam.