Int’l visitors to VN plummet 55.8% in H1
16:39 | 30/06/2020

VGP - The number of international arrivals to Viet Nam in the first six months of 2020 decreased sharply by 55.8%, according to the General Statistics Office.

Int’l visitors to VN plummet 55.8% in H1

The decline is due to the fact that Viet Nam is continuing to implement COVID-19 prevention and control measures and has not yet opened its doors to foreign travellers.

International visitors to the Southeast Asian country this month are mainly experts and technical workers who are currently working on projects in Viet Nam.

The GSO estimates Jan-June tourism revenue at VND10.3 trillion ($443 million), down 53.2% year-on-year.

June alone saw the number of foreign arrivals fall by 99.3 %  year-on-year to 8,800. Arrivals this month mainly comprised foreign experts and highly-skilled workers granted special entry to work for economic projects in Viet Nam.

The country has suspended all international flights since March 25 and banned entry of foreign nationals since March 22 except for special cases.

Asian tourists to Viet nam in the first half of the year reached over 2.7 million, accounting for 72.9% of the total and down 58.4% over the same period in 2019.

Meanwhile, arrivals from Europe were estimated at over 666,000, down 42%; from the Americas at roughly 234,000, down 54.8%; from Oceania at over 102,000 (down 54.4%); and from Africa at 12,100, down 46.6%.

Viet Nam’s revenue from tourists during the six-month period was estimated to have reached VND10.3 trillion (US$444.9 million), down 53.2% year-on-year.

The tourism industry has launched a campaign encouraging Vietnamese people to travel to Vietnamese destinations, aiming to stimulate domestic tourism, in addition to preparing the necessary conditions for the reopening of the door to international visitors. 

According to experts, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, travel safety is considered a top priority. Taking the issue seriously, domestic tourists are tending to choose nearby destinations, short-term tours in small groups, and individual tourism.

Grasping the psychology of customers, most travel businesses running tours have carefully chosen destinations as well as transportation, accommodation and catering services to ensure optimal safety for travellers.

At a government meeting in Ha Noi, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stated that Viet Nam was not yet ready to open up to international tourists given the lack of improvement in the global situation and the second wave of infections suffered by several countries including China and the Republic of Korea.

The country has gone 75 days without community transmission of the novel coronavirus. It has recorded 355 infections without any deaths. 

The virus has claimed over 490,000 lives in 212 countries and territories.

                                                                                                                            By Vien Nhu

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