Tourism in Vietnam

Vietnam recorded a total of 13 million tourists in 2017, ranking 29th 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 0.14 tourists per resident, Vietnam ranked 133rd in the world. In Southeast Asia, it ranked 7th.

Vietnam generated around 8.89 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 3.6 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Vietnam from 1995 to 2017

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 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 14 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased slightly. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 8.89 billion USD, accounting for 4.0 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 688 USD for his holiday in Vietnam.

Annual receipts as percentage of the gross national product:
Tourism receipts in Vietnam per year

All data for Vietnam in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPExpences per person
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 $


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