Both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have experienced a jump in tourist arrivals for the first nine months of 2019 according to data provided by Municipal Tourism Authorities of both cities.
Hanoi welcomed more than 4.7 million foreign tourists in the first nine months of 2019, a year-on-year increase of 10.1%, announced the municipal Department of Tourism at the end of September. The capital city hosted a total 21.5 million visitors in the period, up 9.5 percent against the same period last year and 74.46 percent of this year’s plan. There were more than 16.8 million domestic holidaymakers, up 9.3 percent year-on-year.
Tourism revenue of the city reached US$ 3.2 billion USD in the nine months, up 30.9% and nearing 72% of the yearly plan.
Meanwhile, Hanoi’s hotels recorded an estimated occupancy rate of 70.5%, up 6.2%, serving visitors mostly from the Republic of Korea, China and Japan. Hanoi is striving to welcome 29 million tourists and VND103 trillion in tourism revenue in 2019.
In the South of the country, Ho Chi Minh City greeted more than 6.2 million foreign visitors during the same period of 2019, representing a year-on-year increase of 14.3%, according to Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, the marketing agency and administration in the Southern metropolis.
The city’s tourism sector earned VND108.3 trillion (over 4.6 billion USD) in revenue in the reviewed period, up 7.4 % from the same period last year.
The department said the sector is stepping up the application of information technology in managing and processing relevant documents, while operating online public services to handle administrative procedures in the field. Attention has been also paid to tourism promotion activities, towards luring more tourists to the city.
Ho Chi Minh City welcomed more than 7 million foreign tourists last year. It aims to expand tourism growth of between 15 and 20 % and serve about 8-8.5 million foreign holidaymakers in 2019, conforting its position as the busiest tourism destination in Vietnam.