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Vietnam tourism heads for strong recovery

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Over the past six decades, Vietnam’s tourism sector has experienced myriad ups and downs. However, it has recently overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and is steering toward a strong recovery.

Vietnam tourism heads for strong recovery hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VietnamPlus)

Hanoi – Vietnam’s tourism has gone through a period full of ups and downs, achieving impressive growth with world-honoured awards from 2015-2019 before falling to the bottom with COVID-19. Its official reopening after the pandemic took place in March this year, marking a new stage of recovery and growth.

Such periods are worth remembering during the sector’s 62 years of formation and development (July 9, 1960 – 2022).

A top tourist destination

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), the competitiveness of Vietnam’s tourism increased by 12 places, from 75/141 in 2015 to 63/140 in 2019.

Between 2015 and 2019, the number of international visitors to Vietnam increased 2.3 times, from 7.9 million to 18 million arrivals, achieving an average annual growth rate of 22.7% – the highest level in the world, according to statistics from annual reports of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

Notably, in 2019, the growth of international visitors to Vietnam reached 16.2%, far exceeding the global average (3.8%) and that of the Asia-Pacific (4.6%). The nation surpassed Indonesia and ranked 4th in Southeast Asia (after Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore) in international arrivals.

Vietnam tourism heads for strong recovery hinh anh 2Vietnam’s tourism is undergoing an extremely exciting time after the pandemic. (Photo: VietnamPlus)

As a result, total revenue from tourists increased 2.1 times from 355 trillion VND (15.16 billion USD) in 2015 to 755 trillion VND in 2019; with earnings from international tourists up from 9 billion USD to 18.3 billion USD.

The impressive development speed has contributed to the increasing position of Vietnam’s tourism. The country has become an attractive destination in the eyes of international friends. It is honoured by many prestigious international organisations and press agencies.

Most notably, the World Travel Awards, which are likened to the Oscars of the global tourism industry, accredited Vietnam as the world’s leading heritage destination; the world’s best golf destination; Asia’s leading cultural destination; and Asia’s leading culinary destination in 2019, as well as Asia’s top destination in 2018 and 2019.

Vietnam tourism heads for strong recovery hinh anh 3Illustrative image (Source: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism)

The impressive growth results and a series of prestigious awards achieved from 2015 to 2019 have painted brilliant colours on the picture of Vietnam’s tourism.

Efforts to overcome the pandemic blow and bounce back

At the beginning of 2020, amid Vietnamese tourism reaping impressive growth indicators, which seemed to open a new and exciting period, the pandemic broke out globally. The blow caused tourism activities to stop and fall into a freezing state.

In the past two years, the pandemic has pushed world tourism, including Vietnam’s, into an “abyss”. The market and its activities completely stopped and its growth plunged to zero or even negative.

From March 2020, Vietnam closed its border for pandemic prevention and control. As a result, the number of visitors stood at 3.7 million, decreasing by 80% compared to 2019. Meanwhile, tourism revenue fell by 59% to just 312.2 trillion VND.

Vietnam tourism heads for strong recovery hinh anh 4A quiet Hanoi street during a COVID-19 outbreak (Photo: VietnamPlus)

In 2021, the number of foreign and domestic visitors further declined to 14,900 and 40 million, respectively, with tourism revenue being just 180 trillion VND.

Up to 90-95% of tourism businesses had to stop operating or cut down most of their workforces, and workers were forced to change jobs. In addition, most local cultural, sports and tourism events had to be postponed to serve disease prevention.

Given this context, the Government’s Resolution 128/NQ-CP on safe, flexible adaptation to and effective control of the COVID-19 epidemic was implemented in addition to many other supportive policies.

On March 15, Vietnam was fully reopened, and the sector was set to rebound.

In the first six months of 2022, the country hosted 413,000 international and 60.8 million domestic travellers, with total revenue from tourists estimated at 265 trillion VND. In addition, data from Google showed that Vietnam was continuously among the top destinations in the world in terms of growth in tourism information search./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/vietnam-tourism-heads-for-strong-recovery/237248.vnp

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Vietnam serves 2.95 million international tourists in 11 months

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Nearly 597,000 foreigners have visited Vietnam in November, up 23.2% month-on-month, bringing the total number of international tourists to the country in the first 11 months of this year to 2.95 million, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).

Vietnam serves 2.95 million international tourists in 11 months hinh anh 1International tourists explore Dong Nai Culture-Nature Reserve by bicycle. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – Nearly 597,000 foreigners have visited Vietnam in
November, up 23.2% month-on-month, bringing the total number of international
tourists to the country in the first 11 months of this year to 2.95 million,
according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).

The total figure is 21.1 times higher than that of the same
period last year, but down 81.9% compared to the number of 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out.

In the period, the number of international tourists travelling
to Vietnam by air accounts for 88.9%, 11.1% by road, and 0.03% by sea.

Vietnam serves 2.95 million international tourists in 11 months hinh anh 2Foreigners visit Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: VNA)

The country was estimated to earn 536.3 trillion VND (21.6
billion USD) from accommodation and catering services, up 56.5% year-on-year, while
revenue in the travel and tourism industry was estimated at 22.9 trillion VND, a
4.1-fold increase compared to that of the same period last year.

Recently, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism launched
an email system, the first of its kind, to promote Vietnamese tourism at
https://mail.vietnam.travel./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/vietnam-serves-295-million-international-tourists-in-11-months/244659.vnp

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Hanoi tourism enjoys successful year despite difficulties

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Despite impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of tourists to Hanoi has so far surpassed the target for the whole year, thanks to the city’s efforts to provide attractive and high quality products.

Hanoi tourism enjoys successful year despite difficulties hinh anh 1Tourists at Hoan Kiem Lake of Hanoi (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi
(VNA)
– Despite impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of tourists to Hanoi has so
far surpassed the target for the whole year, thanks to the city’s efforts to provide
attractive and high quality products.

In late November,
Hanoi is full of visitors who enjoy Da quy (daisy) flower season in Ba Vi
National Park, and tours in Thang Long Imperial Citadel or Hoa Lo Prison. This
manifests the strong tourism recovery and development of the capital city – Asia’s
Leading City Break Destination 2022 by World Travel Awards (WTA).

The year of 2022
started with many difficulties for the city due to the pandemic. However,
the gap period enabled the city to prepare for the new normal period, with a
series of products introduced in the beginning of the peak tourism season on
the National Reunification (April 30) and May Day holidays, shortly after
Vietnam fully opened the tourism sector.

Outstanding products in the period include the launch of Son
Tay ancient fortress pedestrian zone, the upgrade of the pedestrian zone along
Trinh Cong Son street, and the cycling tour to explore Bat Trang ancient
pottery village.

Various activities were also held during the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) in the city, leaving a strong imprint of a
safe, friendly and attractive destination on domestic and foreign visitors.

Alongside, the city Department of Tourism held many training
courses to improve the quality of human resources and enhance the
public awareness of developing community-based tourism.

According to Graham Cooke, the founder of World Travel
Awards, tourism in Vietnam and Hanoi in particular has recovered strongly with
the promotion of its values and identity as well as some breakthroughs.  

In May, the US travel website TripAdvisor placed Hanoi in
the 13th position in the 25 most popular destinations in Asia in
2022. It also included the city in the best 25 places for food lovers in 2022.

Director of the Hanoi Tourism Department Dang Huong Giang
said that the titles showed the attractiveness of the city tourism, and a
chance for the city to affirm its position, image and trademark in the world
market.

Hanoi tourism enjoys successful year despite difficulties hinh anh 2Some designs to be showed at the Ao Dai Festival of Hanoi, which is slated for December. (Photo: VNA)

This year, the city aims to welcome 7-8 million domestic tourists
and 1.2-2 million foreigners. But so far the city has received 17.02 million
visitors, over 5 times higher than that in the same period last year, including
1.27 million foreigners.

To continue its recovery trend, the city has planned a
number of activities in the rest of the year with a focus on luring more
foreign tourists.

In December, Hanoi will organise an Ao Dai (traditional long
dress) festival with the participation of many famous designers and models.
This is one of the most important events of the city tourism, which also
includes a parade of about 700 women wearing Ao dai.

At the same time, the city will also design more products
meeting the demand of foreign visitors, including golf and MICE tourism.

Communications will be promoted to popularise tourist
destinations and new tourism products of Hanoi via traditional methods, TV
channels at home and abroad, websites and social media sites like Youtube and
Facebook, under the themes ‘Hanoi – Travel to Love’ and a safe and attractive
tourist destination.

The city will collaborate with embassies and representative offices abroad and
the Airports Corporation of Vietnam and carriers to hold tourism promotion
events at major markets, as well as welcome delegations of foreign reporters
and travel companies in Hanoi.

Hanoi is working to improve the quality of tourism products at heritage and
relic sites and craft villages, and compile introduction in five foreign
languages of English, French, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Some experts held that due to strong urban development,
people have high demand for relaxation at the weekend. Therefore, Hanoi should
foster farm tourism and tap into natural values to promote relaxation and
exploration tourism.

From a remote area, Ba Vi district has emerged as a bright spot of tourism
thanks to its optimisation of local natural conditions and special cultural
identities of the Muong and Dao ethnic minority groups./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/hanoi-tourism-enjoys-successful-year-despite-difficulties/244652.vnp

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Ecotourism – new wave for Ba Ria-Vung Tau

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The southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, which has been known for Con Dao Islands and many beautiful beaches, is working to promote ecotourism, bringing new experiences to visitors in its agriculture and rural areas.

Ecotourism – new wave for Ba Ria-Vung Tau hinh anh 1Ba Ria-Vung Tau province is working to promote ecotourism, bringing new experiences to visitors in its agriculture and rural areas. (Photo: baobariavungtau.com.vn)


Ba Ria-Vung Tau –
The southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, which has been known for Con Dao Islands and many beautiful beaches, is working to promote ecotourism, bringing new experiences to visitors in its agriculture and rural areas.
 
 A number of models that combine agricultural production with tourism have been formed in the locality over the past time, Chairman of the provincial Farmers’ Union Mai Minh Quang said, adding that such models offer both clean agricultural products and closed-loop tourism services.
 
 The models have helped to raise the income of local farmers, while contributing to attracting more tourists to the province, he said.
 
 Suoi Giau Agriculture and Fisheries Cooperative in Suoi Rao commune, Chau Duc district, is an example, which has raised fish in natural lakes and turned them into weekend retreats for local holidaymakers since 2019.
 
 After a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the cooperative has reopened since August, welcoming more than 100 visitors on weekends, said its Chairman Tran Duc Nghia, noting that the number reached up to 700 last National Day holidays (September 2).
 
 Located at the foot of the Ky Van mountain range in Long Hai township, Long Dien district, the An Binh eco-resort, which is under construction, is also expected to be a new attraction.
 
 Le Thi Nga, a representative from the resort, said the project promotes the values of natural resources and landscapes, traditional culture and cuisines, and even local production methods, thus contributing to protecting natural resources and creating stable jobs for local residents.
 
 After the COVID-19 pandemic, agriculture-based tourism has been proliferating in many Vietnamese cities and provinces, including Ba Ria-Vung Tau, helping it materialise the strategy of green, sustainable tourism. 
 
 With a coastline of more than 300km and beautiful sandy beaches and renowned Con Dao Islands, the southeastern province has substantial strength to develop a brand of sea and island tourism.
 
 In the 11-month period from January to November this year, Ba Ria – Vung Tau welcomed around 12 million visitors, equal to nearly 350% of the yearly plan and up 248% from the same period last year, according to the provincial Tourism Department.  The outstanding result is attributable to the province’s efforts to upgrade and diversify its tourism products and services.   
 
 Director of the provincial Department of Tourism Trinh Hang said the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism predicted it won’t be until 2025 that tourism nationwide can regain the momentum of 2019 pre-pandemic numbers.
 
 However, given the positive signs recorded so far this year, Ba Ria – Vung Tau could regain pre-pandemic numbers and revenue levels in 2023, he added.

According to leaders of the province Tourism Department, to achieve sustainable development and maintain its reputation as a key destination in the national tourism map, Ba Ria – Vung Tau has always attached importance to building and maintaining a civilized, safe and attractive environment for tourism. All localities in the province have implemented specific and practical measures to ensure that every visitor feels that Ba Ria – Vung Tau is really a civilized, safe and friendly destination./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/ecotourism-new-wave-for-ba-riavung-tau/244589.vnp

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