Vietnam aims to receive 35 million international tourists by 2030

By VNA   June 13, 2024 | 08:22 pm PT
Vietnam aims to receive 35 million international tourists by 2030
Foreign tourists at the Saigon War Remnants Museum in downtown HCMC, April 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
Vietnam aims to turn tourism into a spearhead economic sector with green growth and world leading development capacity by 2030 as part of a master plan approved by Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha.

The plan targets 25 - 28 million international arrivals, 130 million domestic travelers, and an annual growth rate of 8 - 9% in the number of domestic tourists for 2025. The country received 12.6 million foreign arrivals in 2023.

By 2030, the international tourist number is hoped to reach 35 million and post an annual increase of 13-15% while domestic travelers hit 160 million and grow 4-5% annually.

Tourism is expected to directly contribute 8-9% and 13-14% of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025 and 2030, respectively.

Under the master plan, this sector will create about 6.3 million jobs, including 2.1 million direct jobs, by 2025 and 10.5 million jobs, including 3.5 million direct ones, by 2030.

Vietnam is working to recover and sustain the growth of domestic tourists during 2021 - 2025. The country is set to tap into the markets of tourists with high spending and long stay, along with new markets in terms of golf, sports, and adventure tourism during 2026 - 2030.

Efforts are being made to revive traditional markets and attract emerging ones like India and Middle Eastern countries between 2021 and 2025.

For 2026 - 2030, Vietnam is going to maintain and expand traditional markets in Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe, North America, Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Oceania while diversifying markets to increase the proportion of high-spending travelers.

By 2045, tourism is expected to establish itself as an engine of the economy, and Vietnam will become a globally outstanding destination and one of the countries with the strongest tourism development in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the master plan.

The scheme also eyes 70 million international arrivals, about VND7.3 quadrillion (US$28.68 billion) in tourism revenue, and the sector’s contribution of 17 - 18% of GDP by 2045.

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