Vietnam eyes 20 million foreign visitors by 2020


Vietnam’s tourism sector targets around 20 million international tourist arrivals by 2020, double the current number, according to a master plan designed to turn the sector into a economic spearhead of the nation.

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Vietnam eyes 20 million foreign visitors by 2020

The local tourism sector is expected to attain revenue of US$35 billion, contribute 11-12% to the nation’s gross domestic product, and create four million jobs in the next four years, said Ngo Hoai Chung, deputy head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism at the Food and Hotel Vietnam 2017 fair in HCMC on April 25.

In addition to diversifying tourism products, enhancing the standards of services and streamlining visa procedures, the country has doubled its budget for tourism promotion from US$2.5 million in 2016 to around US5 million.

Chung said part of the budget will be spent to promoting the image of Vietnamese tourism via major media outlets around the world.

The sector is striving to lure visitors from Northeast Asian source markets like Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as from Southeast Asian and Western European nations.

Vietnam eyes 20 million foreign visitors by 2020

More than 240,000 visitors from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy which are exempt from Vietnam entry visa came to Vietnam in the first three months of this year, a year-on-year rise of 12%, he added.

Meanwhile, the number of travelers from the Southeast Asian market has increased significantly, according to Do Hong Xoan, chairman of the Vietnam Hotel Association.

In particular, tourists from Cambodia took the lead in the first quarter, with a rise of 35%, followed by those from Laos with 33%, Malaysia with 20%, the Philippines with 18%, Thailand with 18%, Indonesia with 14%, and Singapore with 4%.

She ascribed the robust growth to closer ties within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and more favorable travel conditions.

Vietnam’s attractions

National parks of Vietnam

Vietnam has 31 national parks: Ba Bể, Ba Vì, Bạch Mã, Bái Tử Long, Bến En, Bidoup Núi Bà, Bù Gia Mập, Cát Bà, Cát Tiên, Chư Mom Ray, Chư Yang Sin, Côn Đảo, Cúc Phương, Hoàng Liên, Kon Ka Kinh, Lò Gò-Xa Mát, Cape Cà Mau, Núi Chúa, Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng, Phú Quốc, Phước Bình, Pù Mát, Tam Đảo, Tràm Chim, U Minh Hạ, U Minh Thượng, Vũ Quang, Xuân Sơn, Xuân Thủy, Yok Đôn.

World Heritage Sites

Huế, Hội An, Mỹ Sơn (Quảng Nam Province), Hạ Long Bay (Quảng Ninh Province), Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park (Quảng Bình Province), Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long (Hanoi) and Citadel of the Hồ Dynasty (Thanh Hóa Province).

Man and the Biosphere Programme

Vietnam has eight zones that are world biosphere reserves: Red River Delta (Ninh Bình, Nam Định, Thái Bình), Cát Bà National Park (Hai Phong), western Nghệ An, Cu Lao Cham Marine Park, Cape Cà Mau National Park (Cà Mau), Cát Tiên National Park (Đồng Nai) and Cần Giờ (Ho Chi Minh City).

Vietnam eyes 20 million foreign visitors by 2020

National tourist area

Vietnam now has 21 national tourist areas, major tourist sites that are state recognized:

Sa Pa (Lào Cai), Ba Bể (Bắc Kạn), Hạ Long Bay – Cát Bà Island (Quảng Ninh, Hai Phong), Ba Vì National Park (Hanoi), Perfume Pagoda (Hanoi), Cổ Loa Citadel (Hanoi), Tam Cốc-Bích Động (Ninh Bình), Kim Liên (Nghệ An), Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park (Quảng Bình), Ho Chi Minh trail (Quảng Trị), Lăng Cô – Hải Vân Pass – Non Nuoc (Thừa Thiên–Huế and Da Nang), Hội An (Quảng Nam), Van Phong Bay (Khánh Hòa), Phan Thiết – Mũi Né (Bình Thuận), Dankia – Yellow Springs, Lake Tuyen Lam (Lâm Đồng), For Hours (Ho Chi Minh City), Côn Đảo (Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu), Long Hai beach (Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu), Phú Quốc (Kiên Giang), Biosphere Reserve Cape Cà Mau (Cà Mau).


Since 2014, Hanoi has consistently been voted in the world’s top ten destinations by TripAdvisor. It ranked 8th in 2014, 4th in 2015 and 8th in 2016.

In 2014, Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City appeared in TripAdvisor’s 2014 Traveler’s Choice Awards for the top 25 destinations in Asia. Hanoi was ranked second, Hoi An tenth and Ho Chi Minh City eighteenth.

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