Foreign tourist numbers a record high
The number of foreign tourists reached an all-time high of 18 million in 2019, up 16.2% year-on-year. 14.3 million or 79% of the total were Asian visitors, up 19%.
The growth has been credited to the government’s visa waivers for nationals of potentially large tourism markets, the launch of a slew of new direct flights and increased nighttime activities like shopping and amusement.
World’s leading heritage destination
Vietnam is home to eight world heritage sites recognized by UNESCO: the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, My Son Sanctuary, Hoi An ancient town, the Complex of Hue Monuments, Halong Bay, Trang An Landscape Complex, Thang Long Imperial Citadel, and the Ho Dynasty Citadel.
World’s best golf destination
Vietnam beat seven other nominees, Argentina, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Oman, Portugal, and South Africa to win the prize. The World Golf Awards, the most prestigious in the golf tourism industry, have been given annually since 2014, based on votes by professionals and consumers.
Asia’s leading culinary destination
Vietnam was crowned “Asia’s Leading Culinary Destination” at the World Travel Awards (WTA) for Asia and Oceania in October. It was the first time the country achieved this honor though Vietnamese cuisine has won considerable praise from international tourists and rave reviews from renowned travel magazines.