Vietnam tourism sector seizes opportunities to foster development

NDO – Vietnam’s tourism sector continued to witness impressive growth in 2018 as the number of foreign arrivals hit a new record of more than 15 million and the total revenue from tourist services is expected to reach more than VND600 trillion. Although there are still many difficulties and challenges, the sector has grasped opportunities to advance further.

A welcome ceremony for the 15 millionth foreign tourist to visit Vietnam was held in Ha Long City, in the northern province of Quang Ninh, on December 19, marking the first time that Vietnam’s hospitality sector has exceeded the target of welcoming 15 million international visitors a year.

According to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, the number of domestic tourists in 2018 is expected to reach over 80 million and the total revenue from tourists in 2018 will possibly surpass VND 600 trillion. Although the sector’s growth rate has slightly slowed down in comparison to 2017, this is the third consecutive year in which Vietnam’s tourism has recorded impressive growth of more than 20% per year.

In 2018, the image of Vietnam has been widely promoted around the world. Vietnam was ranked among the world’s top 10 fastest-growing tourist destinations in 2017, accordingly to the World Tourism Organisation. In particular, the country was also listed among the world's top destinations in Asia and Oceania by World Travel Awards. In addition, two resorts in Da Nang won the “Luxury Family Beach Resort” and the “Luxury Romantic Hotel” titles at the prestigious 2018 World Luxury Hotel Awards. Not to mention that Vietnam has also earned the “Asia’s best golf destination 2018” title for two consecutive years in a row.

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