According to a report by Deputy Director General of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, all targets for the number of international and domestic tourists as well as revenue gained from tourism have been met.
Vietnam was estimated to welcome 18 million international tourists, up more than 16% from 2018. The number of domestic travellers also rose by 6% to 85 million. The tourism sector earned more than VNĐ720 trillion (nearly US$16.7 billion), up 16% on a yearly basis.
Besides, Vietnam received many prestigious global tourism awards, including Asia’s Leading Destination for the second year in a row, Asia’s Leading Cultural Destination, Asia’s Leading Culinary Destination and Asia’s Leading Cultural City Destination (Hoi An) at the 26th World Travel Awards.
According to VNAT, followers on the Facebook and Instagram of vietnam.travel increased 600% from same last year. The interaction rate on Instagram reached 5.61%, three times higher than similar pages for Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand.
Next year, Vietnam will host a number of major events that are expected to draw tourists, including the Formula 1 Grand Prix.