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Destination: Vietnam May 2024
03 May 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: 

Southern Vietnam’s Tourism Flourishes With Innovative Growth Strategies  

The Department of Tourism in Ho Chi Minh City has highlighted that this vibrant city saw an influx of 1.38 million international and 8 million domestic tourists in Q1 of 2024, marking a 32% and 6.6% increase from the previous year, respectively. This surge in visitor numbers contributed to a significant rise in tourism-related income, reaching nearly US$ 1.79 billion, a nearly 24% increase year-on-year.  

(source: TTW

Halong Bay Becomes Foreign Investment Hub  

With its emerald green ocean and moss-covered islets, the world heritage site of Halong Bay in northern Vietnam is one of the country’s most popular destinations, attracting tourists from around the world. In 2023, it welcomed about 2.6 million foreign visitors, accounting for 21% of Vietnam’s total inbound tourists. Quang Ninh District (where Halong Bay is located) recently became Vietnam’s largest recipient of foreign direct investment, overtaking Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and other economic hot spots, thanks to global supply chain diversification and a new port in a nearby city.  

(source: Nikkei Asia

Ho Chi Minh City Launches Festivals to Celebrate Liberation Day  

HCM City is introducing a series of cultural and tourism activities during the holidays that mark the 49th anniversary of Southern Liberation and National Reunification Day (April 30) and International Labour Day (May 1). The city is collaborating with the Việt Nam Photographers’ Association to host two photo exhibitions titled Tổ Quốc Bên Bờ Sóng (The Country by the Edge of the Waves), and Thành Phố Hồ Chí Minh – Vì Cả Nước, Cùng Cả Nước (HCM City – For the Nation, With the Nation) on Nguyễn Huệ Pedestrian Street in District 1. 


Khanh Hoa Province Seeks Tourism Partners in Thailand  

The south-central coastal province of Khanh Hoa introduced its tourism potential to potential partners in Thailand at a conference held in the Thai capital Bangkok on 26 April. At the conference, Vietnamese Ambassador-designate to Thailand Pham Viet Hung said there is great potential for tourism cooperation between Vietnam and Thailand, citing statistics that nearly half a million Thai tourists visited Vietnam and 900,000 Vietnamese travelled to Thailand last year. He held that the signing of MoUs on tourism linkages at the conference will help promote cooperation between the two countries in the field.  

(source: VietnamPlus

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