Foreign arrivals to Viet Nam surpassed 6.7 million in the first five months of this year, up 27.6 per cent annually, the General Statistics Office announced on Tuesday. In May alone, the figure topped 1.16 million, down 13.5 per cent month-on-month. The number of Asian tourists hit over five million in five months, up 33.3 per cent while those from China was up 37 per cent, South Korea (62.1 per cent), Japan (6.6 per cent), Malaysia (12.5 per cent), Thailand (9.1 per cent) and Singapore (5.4 per cent). Meanwhile, the number of European visitors rose by 11.8 per cent year-on-year, including those from Russia (up 9.2 per cent), France (13.1 per cent), the UK (9.6 per cent), Germany (8.5 per cent) and Italy (18.3 per cent). Visitors from America and Oceania were up 13.8 per cent and 12.1 per cent, respectively. Major tourist localities saw a surge in tourist arrivals. The central city of Da Nang welcomed over 3.2 million visitors, up 30.4 per cent year-on-year, including more than 1.35 … [Read more...] about Foreign arrivals to Viet Nam top 6.7m in five months
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Your Say, published every Friday, lets readers express their opinions on a topic or issue raised by the editor. Next week: Viet Nam cuts visa fees. What do you think about that? Visa fees for foreign passport holders and overseas Vietnamese will be lowered by half in an effort to encourage visitors amid recent revenue struggles. Starting November 23, 2015 the single-entry visa will cost US$25 instead of the current $45, whereas the fee for multiple-entry visas with validity of less than three months will go down from $95 to $50. For tourists who enter Viet Nam and continue travelling to Laos and Cambodia, then come back to Viet Nam to return to their home countries within a month, the visa fee is $5 instead of $45 as currently charged. Do you think the visa reduction will encourage tourists to come to Viet Nam? Do you think it's also good news for investors, at least in terms of travelling? Besides lowering visa fees, what should the country do to have more foreign … [Read more...] about Do you think the visa reduction will encourage tourists to come to Viet Nam?
A recent major tourism industry survey has shown that Viet Nam continues to generate attention as a highly sought after travel destination. According to the annual "Asia Travel Intentions Survey 2007", jointly conducted by Visa International Asia Pacific (Visa) and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), 31 percent of the survey's respondents said they would visit Viet Nam within the next two years, a 7 percent increase from last year's survey. The annual study, which interviews more than 5,000 people from 10 major global tourism markets estimates consumer travel intentions pointed to Viet Nam's reasonably priced goods and services as key reason for touring the country, with 49 percent of respondents saying it was a motivating factor for their future travel plans. Meanwhile, 44 percent choose the country for its natural surroundings, 41 percent for its culture, 38 percent for adventure tourism and 35 percent found the country to be highly hospitable. Visa, a global credit card … [Read more...] about Asia travel survey bullish on int’l arrivals to Viet Nam
In past 5 years, many foreign airlines have opened new flight routes and extended flights to Viet Nam. In the coming time, the facts that Viet Nam will join WTO and the ASEAN agreement for visa exemption, "ASEAN Open Sky " will be launched are the two important keys to attract the international airlines to Viet Nam This year, Korean Airlines increased to seven from four flights per week of the HCMC - Seoul - HCMC route. According to Ngo Tran Trong Luat, Sale manager of Korean Airlines in Viet Nam (VN), Viet Nam is one of the potential tourism and airline markets in Asia and the world; Korea Airlines' business operation achieved many favorite conditions. Moreover, Viet Nam is admission into WTO is the reason why Korean Airlines decided to increase flights to the country. Air-France also increased 7 flights per week instead of 5 for the flights from Viet Nam to France with the transit in Bangkok, of which there are 3 Ha Noi-Paris-Ha Noi flights and 4 HCMC-Paris-HCMC. In early … [Read more...] about International Airlines flocking to Viet Nam
Last week, Viet Nam News asked its readers about anticipated visa fee reductions, which will lower the price by half for foreign passport holders and overseas Vietnamese. Here are some of their comments. W.A. Arrindell (Willem), Rotterdam, The Netherlands Viet Nam's plan to cut visa fees is a good idea. This will quite likely encourage more visitors to Viet Nam. The question as to whether this cut will also lead to greater investments overall is a complicated matter that involves several microeconomic and macroeconomic factors that are difficult for me to grasp because I am not an economist. However, besides lowering visa fees, Viet Nam should also take into account that experiences and observations made by visitors who are presently in the country could influence the number of foreigners who will likely visit Viet Nam in the next couple of years. I will address only three in this brief contribution: poverty, criminality due to poverty, and hygiene in the food industry and on the … [Read more...] about Visa fee reduction a positive start to attract more visitors to Viet Nam