Vietnam sets record first half arrivals
International visitor arrivals to Vietnam in the first six months of the year totalled 2.97 million – 18.1% more than the same period in 2010, and a record for the first half of a year. According to data released yesterday by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), the growth was driven by arrivals from China, which surged 51.5% year-on-year to 662,600, making it by far Vietnam’s largest visitor source market. Of the country’s remaining top five source markets, South Korea (+3.7% to 261,800), Japan (+11.7% to 235,400), the USA (+3.4% to 238,700) and Taiwan (+8.0% to 179,800) all saw year-on-year.
The six-month result was helped by a strong June, which saw 447,000 arrivals – 19% more than the same month last year.