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Vietnal hits target of welcoming 12.5 million international arrivals in 2023

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Vietnam’s target of welcoming 12.5 million to 13 million international arrivals in 2023 has been achieved, said Pham Van Thuy, deputy head of Vietnm National Authority of Tourism (VNAT), said at a conference on State tourism management on Thursday (Dec 21).

He said after being severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic for two years, Vietnamese tourism had made a recovery, gained momentum and achieved results as expected.

In the first 10 months of this year, the number of foreign arrivals to Vietnam surpassed the 8-million target. Vietnam then increased the international arrival target to 12.5-13 million, and had accomplished the goal, he said.

According to VNAT, the number of international arrivals to Vietnam in 2023 is estimated at 12.5 million. The country also welcomed 108 million domestic arrivals.

Total revenue from tourism is estimated to reach VNĐ672 trillion. The competitiveness of Vietnam’s tourism continues to be enhanced globally.

This year the VNAT was honoured to receive the title “Asia’s Leading Tourism Management Agency ” for the fourth time. Vietnam was honoured by the World Travel Awards as the world’s leading heritage destination, while many destinations and tourism businesses received other prestigious award categories.

Thuy said Vietnam still needed solutions to remove bottlenecks and tackle shortcomings in State management and tourism business.

He cited foreigners working illegally as tour guides or Vietnamese businesses violating tourism business laws as examples of the dark side of Vietnamese tourism.

He said some tourist destinations remained unclean without ensuring security or safe conditions. Vietnam had not hosted any impressive large-scale national tourism promotion programme that brings together localities and businesses.

The VNAT proposed strengthening management at tourist destinations, preserving and promoting natural and cultural values for sustainable tourism development.

Tourism sites must ensure security and safety for tourists, pay special attention to environmental sanitation and food hygiene, while encouraging the participation of local people and businesses in building a cultural, civilised, friendly and hospitable tourism environment to make every citizen a tourism ambassador.

The authority also proposed promoting tourism linkage among localities in which the VNAT, as the national tourism agency, takes the orientation role and big tourism hubs such as Hanoi, Danang, HCM City, Can Tho, Quang Ninh, Ninh Binh, Thua Thien Hue and Khanh Hoa would act as leaders in creating regional tourism growth drivers and making “one tour, multiple destinations”.

The capital Hanoi enjoyed an incredible surge in the total number of tourists in 2023, with 24 million visitors coming to the city.

This figure represents a remarkable 27 per cent increase compared to the previous year and a heartening 83 per cent of the pre-pandemic levels recorded in 2019.

This not only breathes new life into the local economy but also showcases the city’s enduring charm as a travel destination.

International visitors to Hanoi surged, one of the city’s standout tourism achievements in 2023, totalling 4 million. This marks an impressive 138.1 per cent increase compared to the prior year and a significant rebound, reaching 57 per cent of the pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

The influx of international tourists reflects Hanoi’s resilience and its capacity to draw global travellers, even amid global uncertainties.

The city welcomed 20 million domestic visitors in 2023, reflecting a 16 per cent increase from the previous year and an impressive 91 per cent recovery compared to the pre-pandemic levels of 2019. This surge in domestic tourism highlights the growing interest of locals in exploring the cultural and historical treasures within their own country. 

Viet Nam News – December 21, 2023

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