Tourism in Vietnam

Tourism in Vietnam

Vietnam recorded a total of four million tourists in 2020, ranking 47th 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 0.039 tourists per resident, Vietnam ranked 148th in the world. In Southeast Asia, it ranked 8th.

In 2020, Vietnam generated around 3.23 billion US dollars in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 0.88 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 11 percent of all international tourism receipts in Southeast Asia.

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The most popular cities in Vietnam for international travelers are Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. In 2021, Ho Chi Minh City ranked 90th among the world's most popular cities. Hanoi was in 94th.

Tourism in VietnamOn average, each of the tourists arriving in 2020 spent about 800 US dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Vietnam from 1995 to 2020

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 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 from 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 17 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased slightly. Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, sales were $11.83 billion billion, 3.5 percent of gross national product. Thus, each visitor spent an average of $657 on their vacation in Vietnam.

In 2020, tourist receipts plummeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the $11.83 billion billion (2019), only $3.23 billion billion remained. This is a 73 percent decrease in Vietnam.

Tourism receipts in Vietnam per year

All data for Vietnam in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
20203.84 m3.23 bn $0.93 %842 $
201918.01 m11.83 bn $3.5 %657 $
201815.50 m10.08 bn $3.3 %650 $
201712.92 m8.89 bn $3.2 %688 $
201610.01 m8.50 bn $3.3 %849 $
20157.94 m7.35 bn $3.1 %925 $
20147.87 m7.41 bn $3.2 %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

Our data on tourist numbers, revenues and expenditures are based on information from the World Tourism Organization. However, to ensure international comparability, the data for some years or countries were manually researched and corrected if they obviously included visitors without overnight stays. In these cases, the data were taken from the official communications of the respective national tourism authorities.

The World Tourism Organization additionally points out that in some countries, the number of tourists is only counted at airports, while in others they are also counted at border crossings or even hotels. A comprehensive and reliable indication is therefore hardly possible in any country.

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