Vietnam’s tourism sector spreads its wings, aims for the sky

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Tourism is continuing to grow across Vietnam. Source: Shutterstock

VIETNAM, the land of timeless charm, has welcomed a record number of international tourists in the first quarter of 2018.

According to the General Statistics Office, 5.5 million foreign visitors have entered Vietnam since January 2018 until April.

Of the total 29.5 percent increase in tourism, 36 percent came in from other Asian countries, accounting for 4.16 million of the total visitors.

Like many other Asian countries, China acted as the main source of foreign visitors with just under 1.77 million travelers going to Vietnam in the last four months.

These figures will secure Vietnam’s tourism boom for a while longer.

They also adhere to a 2017 report released by the United Nation World Tourism Organization stating Vietnam’s tourism industry is the world’s seventh fastest growing.

How is Vietnam pulling in tourists?

Last year, Vietnam implemented an easy to use online visa application service. Citizens from 40 countries including South Korea, the Philippines, Timor-Leste, Japan, Mongolia, and Brunei could start using the platform.

Vietjet, the nation’s main low-cost airline has also recently announced new flight routes to Taiwan and South Korea.

The route from Hanoi to Taichung is planned to run every day, twice a day except for Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Danang to Daegu route will fly daily making one flight to South Korea and then back to Vietnam.

Vietjet aims to become a predominant player in the budget airline game, and this new move will certainly help to attract more visitors.

Vietnam’s tourism goal

The last decade has seen the number of international visitors triple and tourism-driven revenue has increased by nine times.

Tourism has since been identified as a key economic sector which will help to create jobs in real estate, retail, education, hospitality, and construction.

According to Bloomberg, the Vietnamese government is targeting 15-17 million visitors in 2018. This amounts to around US$98 billion of revenue for the economy.

Why visit Vietnam?

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Let’s begin with food

Vietnamese food is a trademark of the nation. A fusion of French and Pan-Asian cuisine is mixed together for heavenly enjoyment.

From beef pho topped with a myriad of fragrant herbs, to the crunchy banh mi baguettes stuffed with carrot, scallions, daikon, crisp pork, lettuce, Siracha, coriander, and mint.

Not forgetting, arguably the world’s best coffee. Watch as the rich black coffee drips onto thick and creamy condensed milk – sure to give you the best start to the day.

Outstanding natural beauty

From miles of white beaches to the hazy mountains, Vietnam boasts some of the most Instagrammable spots in Asia.

Whether you want to sip cocktails on a unicorn float in a private bay or hike to the top of Fansipan, the landscapes won’t let you down.

Shopping

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If you want to be bougie-on-a-budget, then Vietnam is the place for you.

Get a suit tailored for as little as US$100, indulge in streams of silk scarves or top up your jewelry collection.

Nothing is particularly expensive. In fact, Vietnam is the second cheapest Asian country to travel around, according to Skyscanner.

So, will you be helping Vietnam reach its tourism goal?