HCMC records highest tourism revenues at over $3B in first half

By Phuong Anh    July 3, 2024 | 05:29 am PT
HCMC records highest tourism revenues at over $3B in first half
Foreign tourists at HCMC's banh mi festival on May 17, 2024. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
Ho Chi Minh City has become a champion in terms of tourism revenue in the first half of the year with VND93 trillion (USD$3.68 billion), up 15% year-on-year.

Hanoi ranked second with revenues of VND55.4 trillion, surging 23% year-on-year, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.

Both Vietnam's largest cities saw their foreign tourist arrivals increase sharply during the January-June period. HCMC received 2.7 million foreign arrivals, up 38%, while Hanoi welcomed 3.14 million, up 53%.

The central province of Khanh Hoa, home to Nha Trang and Canh Ranh resort cities, came in third with revenue of VND26 trillion, up 97% year-on-year. It attracted 2.4 million visitors during the period.

Quang Ninh Province in northern Vietnam, home to Ha Long Bay, ranked fourth with revenues of VND22.2 trillion, up 34%.

The total number of visitors to Quang Ninh reached more than 10.4 million, an increase of 18% over the same period last year, of which international visitors reached two million.

The north central province of Thanh Hoa, home to popular beaches, ranked fifth with revenues of VND19.8 trillion.

Other localities that posted revenues of over VND10 trillion during January-June were Nghe An, Da Nang, Binh Dinh, Kien Giang and Binh Thuan.

Vietnam served 8.8 million foreign tourists and 66.5 million domestic visitors in the first half of this year.

The tourism industry earned VND436.5 trillion, up 1.3 times year-on-year.

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