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Foreign visitors to Vietnam decline nearly 50% in past five months

by NDO29 May 2020 Last updated at 16:54 PM

International visitors to Vietnam (Photo: baotintuc)
International visitors to Vietnam (Photo: baotintuc)

VTV.vn - Vietnam welcomed an estimated 3.73 million foreign visitors in the first five months of the year, down 48.8% over the same period last year.

In May alone, the number of international tourists to the country saw its lowest rate in recent years, with a decline of 13.6% compared to the previous month and 98.3% over the same period last year.

Vietnam has implemented strict measures to prevent and control the Covid-19 epidemic and is currently not receiving international tourists; therefore, foreign arrivals were mainly experts and technical workers engaged in projects.

In the past five months, tourists from Asia accounted for 72.9% of the total number of arrivals, 51.4% lower than that from the same period last year.

The number of European visitors in the period saw a yearly decrease of 35.7%.

The total revenue from the tourism sector was estimated at VND8.3 trillion in the past five months, down 54.1%.

In early May, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism launched a programme “Vietnamese people travel Vietnam” to stimulate domestic tourism after the Covid-19 epidemic was brought under control.

Accordingly, many airlines and travel enterprises have offered dicounted products and services to attract tourists within the country.

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