Tourism in Vietnam

Vietnam recorded a total of 15 million tourists in 2018, ranking 27th 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 0.16 tourists per resident, Vietnam ranked 132nd in the world. In Southeast Asia, it ranked 7th.

Vietnam generated around 10.08 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 3.8 percent of its the gross domestic product.

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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 2018 Ho-Chi-Minh-Stadt reached the 31st place with 7.20 million tourists. According to Euromonitor all tourists with at least one overnight stay were counted.

Hạ Long5,294,800#48
Đà Nẵng2,505,000#90

Development of the tourism sector in Vietnam from 1995 to 2018

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 billion USD, or about 3.5 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 2.43 million tourists at that time and roughly 576 USD per person. Within 15 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased slightly. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 10.08 billion USD, accounting for 4.1 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 650 USD for his holiday in Vietnam.

Tourism receipts in Vietnam per year

All data for Vietnam in detail

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

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