Hanoi – Vietnam has
welcomed nearly 4.6 million international arrivals in the first five months of
2023, soaring 12.6-fold from the same period last year, the General Statistics
Office (GSO) said on May 29.
Of the international arrivals, 88% came
to the country by air, 10.9% by road, and 1.1% by sea.
Revenue from tourism services went up
89.4% while earnings from accommodation and restaurant services rose 22.1%, the
GSO said, attributing the increases partly to many holidays during the five
However, the number of foreign
visitors in May fell 6.9% from the previous month.
Recently, Vietnamese tourism has
continually been honoured by foreign media, helping enhance its attractiveness
to international travellers.
Notably, Cat Ba of Ha Phong city has been given the second place among the 10
most spectacular beaches in Asia by Microsoft Travel; Ninh Binh province named among the world’s top 10 best hidden
family vacation spots to visit in 2023 by Canada’s The Travel magazine; and the North-South, or Thong Nhat (Reunification), railway listed one of the world’s most
amazing train journeys by the Australian version of renowned travel guide book
publisher Lonely Planet.
Meanwhile, Vietnamese fried spring rolls (known as “nem ran” in the north and
“cha gio” in the south in Vietnam) and summer rolls (“goi cuon”) are on the
list of 50 most popular appetizers in the world
compiled by international food magazine Taste Atlas.
In May, Prime Minister Pham Minh
Chinh signed off the Government’s Resolution No 82/NQ-CP on the main tasks and
measures for accelerating effective and sustainable tourism recovery and
development. It specified many groups of measures for developing tourism into a
key economic sector so as to turn Vietnam into one of the 30 countries with the
highest tourism competitiveness./.