Vietnam officially confirmed that it received for the first time in its history over 18 million international travellers in 2019, representing a year-on-year rise of 16.2 per cent. Tourists from Asia made up 79.9 per cent of the total, up 15.2 per cent, Europe up 6.4 per cent, America up 7.7 per cent, and Africa 12.2 per cent
China continued to comfort its top position as the largest inbound source. Vietnam received last year 5.8 million Chinese visitors, a 16.9% increase over 2018. The second was South Korea with 4.29 million visitors, up by 23.1% over 2018.
Among ASEAN nations, the fastest-growing market was Thailand with total arrivals up by 45.9% over 2018. For the first time, Thailand generated more than half a million holidaymakers to Vietnam. This positive result is due to the multiplication of flights between both countries, including the opening of routes to Vietnamese secondary destinations such as Dalat, Can Tho or Phu Quoc. Arrivals from Indonesia and the Philippines were also boosted by new flights with arrivals from those countries jumping respectively by 21.3% and 18.2% between 2018 and 2019. Only arrivals from Laos were down by 17.9% among ASEAN nations.
The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism said the country also accommodated 85 million domestic holidaymakers in the year, increasing over 6 per cent.
In 2019, Vietnam was honoured with global prestigious prizes such as the World Golf Awards, the World Travel Awards, and Asia’s Best Destination. Vietnam’s tourism competitiveness has continuously improved, standing 63rd among 140 economies in the World Economic Forum ranking.
In 2020, the country strives to welcome approximately 20.5 million international tourists and 90 million domestic travellers. The tourism sector aims to gross over 830 trillion VND (US$35.9 billion) in revenue.
Meanwhile, the excellent performance in tourism was also matched by national carrier Vietnam Airlines. Vietnam Airlines Group reported a preliminary profit of VND3.37 trillion (US$146.2 million) in 2019, marking a new record for the airline. Vietnam Airlines reported revenue of VND75 trillion (USD3.2 billion) and profit before tax of VND2.7 trillion (USD116.6 million). This represented an increase of 12% year-on-year. The carrier handled 23 million passengers, operating 134,000 flights. Looking ahead, the carrier is targeting revenue of VND110.6 trillion (USD4.8 billion) and hopes to transport around 25 million passengers this year.