return icon

Vietnam needs extra efforts to achieve five million foreign visitor target in 2022

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) is making extra effort to realise the target of welcoming five million foreign visitors amid a decline in the number of tourists from China and Russia.

These two important markets are unlikely to recover in short term, with the ongoing Ukraine-Russia conflict and China's strict COVID-19 containment policies, which will force tourism authorities to look elsewhere to compensate.

The VNAT will optimise markets which have air routes with Vietnam and those that permit their citizens to travel abroad and Vietnamese expats to return to their home country since the pandemic is put under control.

Priority will be given to attracting arrivals from the Republic of Korea, Japan, Western Europe, Australia and ASEAN nations.

Greater attention will also be paid to new markets, such as India, the United States, the Middle East, and Russian-speaking countries, including Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan.

The VNAT will cooperate with local authorities, enterprises, airlines and Vietnam Tourism Development Fund (VTDF) to implement a programme called “Fully live in Vietnam” through promotional events held in ASEAN, the RoK, Japan, India, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Vietnam also plans to attend the Japan Association of Travel Agents Tourism Expo in September and the World Travel Market in London in November, according to the VNAT.

The number of international tourist arrivals reached about 413,000 in the first half of 2022.

The number of foreign visitors has risen sharply since Vietnam reopened its border in mid-March. The May figure doubled that of April while that of June quadrupled that of May.

Most foreign travellers come from countries that enjoy visa exemptions from Vietnam, including the RoK, the UK, France, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia.

The country currently does not impose any COVID-19 restrictions against foreign entries – no required proof of COVID-19 vaccinations, negative test results, mandatory quarantine, health declaration forms, or cap on foreign arrivals.

Still, compared to regional peers, Vietnam appears to be running behind in terms of foreign tourists in the first months of 2022. For example, Thailand has received more than 2.2 million arrivals (as of July 6), Malaysia has received over two million (as of June 21), Singapore has received over 1.5 million (first six months of the year), Indonesia welcomed over 523,000 arrivals (by the end of May 2022), the Philippines welcomed over 814,000 arrivals (the first six months), Cambodia received over 510,000 arrivals (the first six months).

Source: VNS


Vietnam rakes in US$16.05 billion from tourism in nine months

Vietnam earned some 394.2 trillion VND (16.05 billion USD) from tourism in the first nine months of this year, equivalent to 78% of the figure recorded in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out.


Vietnam invests in 10 energy technologies

Vietnamese poetry collection published in Canada

A poetry collection from five female translators based in Hanoi, entitled Ngũ Sắc Ánh Sáng (5 Sights of Light), has been introduced to Canadian readers by Ukiyoto Publishing.

Multi-billion thermal power project needs more capital

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) has asked for ministries' opinions on solutions to problems related to the balance sheet of the Vung Ang 1 thermal-power plant.

The best September photos on VietNamNet

Hot air balloons with the Vietnamese national flag of 1,800m2 on the banks of the Saigon River, Typhoon Noru making landfall in Quang Nam Province, the roofs of many houses being blown away...

BSR to expand Dung Quat Oil Refinery

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) has asked Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical JSC (BSR) to clarify some issues related to its project on expanding Dung Quat Oil Refinery.

Dutch conductor to lead concert at Opera House

Conductor Leon Bosch from the Netherlands will lead a concert featuring masterpieces by European composers at the HCM City Opera House on Saturday, October 8.

‘578’ to represent Vietnam at Oscars

An action film starring Miss Universe Vietnam 2018, H'hen Niê, 578: Phát Đạn Của Kẻ Điên (578: Magnum), has been selected as Vietnamese representative at the 95th Oscars, 2023.

USD surges to VND24,000, US$1.7 billion withdrawn from circulation

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) withdrew nearly VND41 trillion ($1.7 billion) through open market operations as the US dollar rose to over VND24,000 on September 26-30, 2022.

HCM City to build a series of new traffic projects

HCM City is speeding up procedures to start the construction of key traffic works at gateways by the end of the year, according to HCM City's Department of Transport.

Burning garbage in Hanoi threatens residents' health, property

There have been consecutive fires caused by people's poor awareness, who were burning garbage and straw in residential areas, causing fires recently in Hanoi.

New cargo airline still waiting for license

After the Prime Minister agrees on the establishment of IPP Air Cargo, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) will implement procedures to grant a license to the air carrier, according to MOT Deputy Minister Le Dinh Tho.

Master plan for Mekong Delta focuses on infrastructure development

The Master Plan for the Mekong Delta designed for 2021-2030, with a vision to 2050, is focused on infrastructure development.

Current monetary policy quite suitable

Many people are concerned whether the country will face a tighter monetary policy and higher exchange and interest rates in the near future.

Danang, a wedding destination for India’s billionaires

Could Danang be the wedding destination of choice for Indian billionaires? It certainly has the right hotels and quality wedding infrastructure for the purpose, an Indian tourism company representative said.