As of the second quarter of 2019, Vietnam ranks fourth in Southeast Asia in international arrivals, after Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, according to the Pacific Asia Tourism Association (PATA).
PATA’s statistics are based on the number of foreign visitors to 35 destinations in the Asia-Pacific region in which Vietnam passed Indonesia to win the number four spot, welcoming nearly 8.5 million foreign visitors.
According to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, the achievement is attributed to the country’s efforts to maintain tourism growth, with Ninh Binh province receiving 6.5 million tourists and Hanoi, 21.5 million.
Other localities like Thanh Hoa, Quang Ngai, Kien Giang, and Ho Chi Minh city also posted significant growth rates. VOV
As part of a new initiative, smart tourism will be applied at the centuries-old Bat Trang Commune. Now, old kilns, ancient houses and pottery workshops will be ready to receive a new wave of tourists.
Nguyen Trung Khanh, director general of the Vietnam Tourism Administration, talks to Vietnam Economic Times newspaper about his agency’s efforts to improve the tourism sector’s competitive advantages.