Tourism in Vietnam

Tourism in Vietnam

Vietnam recorded a total of 18 m tourists in 2019, ranking 28th in the world in absolute terms.

The fact that larger countries regularly perform better in a comparison of the absolute number of guests is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Vietnam, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.19 tourists per resident, Vietnam ranked 132nd in the world. In Southeast Asia, it ranked 7th.

Vietnam generated around 11.83 bn US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 4.4 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 9 percent of all international tourism receipts in Southeast Asia.

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Most popular destinations in Vietnam

No less than 4 cities in Vietnam are among the top 100 most popular destinations worldwide. In 2019 Ho Chi Minh reached the 30th place with 8.21 m tourists. According to Euromonitor, all foreign tourists with at least one overnight stay were counted.

Ho Chi Minh8,208,000#30+14.0%
Ha Long6,247,900#42+18.0%
Ha Noi5,132,300#51+9.5%
Da Nang2,880,800#83+15.0%

Tourism in VietnamOn average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 575 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Vietnam from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Vietnam each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 11 countries in Southeast Asia.

Tourists per year in Vietnam

Revenues in tourism

In 2003, tourism revenues amounted to 1.40 bn USD, or about 3.5 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 2.43 m tourists at that time and roughly 576 USD per person. Within 16 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 11.83 bn USD, accounting for 4.5 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 657 USD for his holiday in Vietnam.

Tourism receipts in Vietnam per year

All data for Vietnam in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
201918.01 m11.83 bn $4.5 %657 $
201815.50 m10.08 bn $4.1 %650 $
201712.92 m8.89 bn $4.0 %688 $
201610.01 m8.50 bn $4.1 %849 $
20157.94 m7.35 bn $3.8 %925 $
20147.87 m7.41 bn $4.0 %941 $
20137.57 m7.25 bn $4.2 %957 $
20126.85 m6.85 bn $4.4 %1,000 $
20116.01 m5.71 bn $4.2 %949 $
20105.05 m4.45 bn $3.8 %881 $
20093.75 m3.05 bn $2.9 %814 $
20084.24 m3.93 bn $4.0 %928 $
20074.23 m3.75 bn $4.8 %887 $
20063.58 m2.85 bn $4.3 %795 $
20053.48 m2.30 bn $4.0 %661 $
20042.93 m1.70 bn $3.7 %581 $
20032.43 m1.40 bn $3.5 %576 $
20022.63 m
20012.33 m
20002.14 m
19991.78 m
19981.52 m
19971.72 m
19961.61 m
19951.35 m

All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.

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