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New Year revelers are seen at a tourist site in HCMC - PHOTO: LE VU

HCMC topped the list of destinations, with 1.65 million visitors during the December 30-January 1 holiday, gaining total revenue of VND6.4 trillion. The average room occupancy rate in the city reached around 87%.

Several other regions also welcomed a significant influx of New Year revelers, with Khanh Hoa in south-central Vietnam hosting 465,000 visitors, Hanoi in northern Vietnam receiving 402,000 tourists, and Ninh Binh, also in the north, attracting 300,000 travelers.

Ha Giang and Lao Cai, both in northern Vietnam, saw an overwhelming surge in visitors, resulting in room occupancy exceeding 90%.

International travelers to Vietnam during the New Year holiday primarily originated from South Korea, China, Japan, the United States, Australia, Europe and Thailand. Hanoi welcomed the highest number of international tourists, with 72,000 arrivals, followed by HCMC with over 46,000 visitors.

Quang Ninh Province welcomed two luxury cruises, accommodating a total of 3,700 passengers from December 31, 2023 to January 1, 2024.

Despite the increase in tourist numbers, the Vietnam National Authority of Tourism said that travelers tightened their belts, affecting tourism revenue.

Source: Saigon Times