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Destination: Vietnam April 2024
01 April 2024 | Written by Chris Alexander

Destination digest: Vietnam news in brief 

There’s plenty of good news coming out of Vietnam at the moment. Here are a few stories making the headlines: 

Vietnam’s tourism industry booming

Vietnam‘s tourism industry is on track for a full recovery thanks to a surge in European visitors and a favourable visa policy, according to a top official. Nguyen Trung Khanh, director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, reported strong growth from European markets during a recent National Assembly session. Countries like Spain, Germany, the UK, and France are all nearing pre-pandemic tourist arrival levels. This positive trend is attributed to a visa exemption programme launched in August 2023.

(source: Travel and Tour World)

Breakthrough visa policies help boost tourism numbers

Vietnam now waives visas for travellers from 25 countries, with 13 enjoying unilateral exemption.Since August 2023, Vietnam has issued e-visas for all nationalities and extended their maximum stay from 30 to 90 days, with unlimited entries. Those who get visa waivers under Vietnam’s unilateral exemption policy can now stay for 45 days rather than the earlier 15.

(source: VietnamPlus)

Vietnam targets 18 million international arrivals in 2024

The Việt Nam National Administration of Tourism (Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism) reports that in January 2024, the number of international visitors to Việt Nam exceeded 1.5 million, a 10.3 per cent increase compared to the previous month and a remarkable 73.6 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2023. This surge is the highest since Việt Nam reopened for tourism in March 2022, equivalent to the figure of January 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic. It is indeed an encouraging signal for Việt Nam’s tourism industry, providing motivation and confidence to achieve the goal of welcoming 17-18 million international visitors in 2024.

(source: Asia News Network)

10,000 cheap air tickets to be offered at VITM 2024

About 10,000 cheap air tickets are expected to be offered at the Vietnam International Travel Mart (VITM) 2024 which is slated to take place from April 11-14 in Hanoi, according to the Vietnam Tourism Association (VTA). At a press conference to announce the event on March 20, the association said that VITM 2024 themed “Vietnam Tourism – Green Transition for Sustainable Development” is hoped to attract over 450 booths and about 80,000 visitors. About 3,500 Vietnamese and international enterprises are expected to take part in the event.

(source: VNP)

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