Domestic tourism becomes rising trend in VN
11:43 | 08/10/2020

VGP – Domestic tourism has become a rising trend in Viet Nam in the context of the ‘new normal’ situation as a large number of Vietnamese who used to prefer remote destinations, now get used to discovering joy in neighboring localities in their own country, according to Booking.com.

 
Booking.com - one of the world's largest travel marketplaces reveals how Vietnamese travellers rediscovered travel closer to home these past few months.

According to Booking.com, the average distance Vietnamese travelled from June to August 2020 is down by 33% compared with the same time last year. While this figure went down, Vietnamese still travelled more in general compared to the global average, which dropped by as much as 63%.

Travel plans may have changed drastically in 2020 and Vietnamese travellers may not be able to take that distant trip they had previously hoped for, but this has given them the opportunity to discover – and in many instances rediscover – hidden gems and heaps of wonderful experiences closer to home. 

As Booking.com data reveals, a whopping 96% of the total distance travelled by Vietnamese between June 1 and August 31, 2020 was within the country, compared to only 52% during the same period in 2019.

Many Vietnamese travellers have rediscovered the local charm of the country with beach destinations and scenic destinations along the country’s over 3000 kms coastline seeing a relative increase in interest from travellers. The top trending domestic destinations that gained relative prominence and interest compared to same time last year include Cam Ranh, Thanh Hoa, Cua Lo, Sam Son and Quy Nhon.

While these rural gems and lesser known coastal destinations are trending, major cities and popular tourist favorites still topped the list of most popular booked destinations by Vietnamese travellers. Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Vung Tau, Da Nang and Da Lat featured as the most booked destinations between June and August.

Earlier, the second wave of COVID-19 hitting Viet Nam (since late July) put many tourism providers under great stress as they tried to keep their business afloat, but now the pandemic has subsided they are well-placed to bring business back to normal.

The country has gone the 36th straight day without community transmission of the coronavirus in the country.  Viet Nam has a large proportion of domestic tourists with about 82.5% of total visitors in 2019. These are considered to be beneficial factors. For Vietnam because after the epidemic, domestic tourists may be the first group of tourists to recover.

By Kim Anh     

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