Vietnam is turning into one of the largest tourism destinations in Southeast Asia. Last year, the country of cially recorded 15.49 million international arrivals, up by 19.9% over 2017. This good performance was stimulated by skyrocketing tourist arrivals from China. With 23.9% growth last year, Chinese represented Vietnam’s largest inbound source market with 4.97 million arrivals. South Korea came second with 3.49 million arrivals, a jump of 44.3% over 2017.
Vietnam success is due to easier entrance conditions into the country. They are 24 countries bene ting now from a visa exemption for staying uctuating between 14 and 90 days- depending of the country. Last year, the country confirmed to extend visa exemption for ve European nationalities (the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy) to June 2021.
Most important is however the introduction of e-visa facilities for citizens of 81 countries, who just pay online US$25 for a 30-day stay.
Another important trend has been a rise international air flights to more areas in Vietnam, including second-tier destinations such as Dalat, Haiphong, Nha Trang, Phuket or Danang. Qatar Airways launched last year the first ever connection between Danang and the Gulf.
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