The Hanoitimes - The Asia Pacific destinations are forecast to receive an aggregate inbound of close to 728.4 million international arrivals in 2019, over 40 million more than the volume received in 2018.
Vietnam is predicted to lead Asia Pacific destinations in terms of average annual growth rate over the next five years, according to the just-released Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2019 - 2023 report.
The report forecasts an average growth rate of 14% in international tourists arrival in Vietnam during 2019 compared to 2018.
Vietnam among top tourist destinations in Asia Pacific in 2019 - 2023.
Vietnam will be followed by Papua New Guinea and Lao PDR, each of which has average annual growth rates well in excess of the Asia Pacific average of 5.5% between 2018 and 2023. These figures show that Vietnam has increasingly affirmed its position on the world’s tourist map with positive signals.
Vietnam welcomed 1.58 million foreign visitors in Ferbuary, a year-on-year increase of 5.8%, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).
Arrivals by road, air in the reviewed period recorded on-year increases of 27.2% and 7.6%, respectively, while growth was seen in the number of visitors from all five continents.
In the first two months of 2019, increases were recorded in the number of holidaymakers from most markets, particularly Thailand (36.9%), Taiwan – China (27.1%), South Korea (24.6%), Japan (9.5%), Malaysia (5.3%), Singapore (4.3%).
The number of international visitors to the country has continuously increased in the recent three years, from 10 million in 2016 and 12.8 million in 2017 to 15.6 million in 2018, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.
In 2019, Vietnam is expected to welcome more than 18 million foreign visitors, a year-on-year increase of 15.7%.