Vietnam ranks third in the Asia-Pacific region in
terms of tourism rebound, according to the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
The August Interim Update of the UNWTO Tourism Barometer said that the first six
months of 2010 saw international tourist arrivals by 7 percent.
Growth was positive in all world regions, led by a robust performance of
emerging economies at 8 percent compared to 6 percent in advanced economies.
Asia and the Pacific (14 percent) and the Middle East (20 percent), where
results were already positive in the second half of 2009, continue to lead
growth in the first half of 2010 with the majority of destinations in both
regions posting double digit growth rates.
“Asia in particular is experiencing a very dynamic rebound, with strong results
from Sri Lanka (49 percent), Japan (36 percent), Vietnam (35 percent), Myanmar
(35 percent), Hong Kong (China) (23 percent), Macao (China) (23 percent),
Singapore (23 percent), Fiji (22 percent) and the Maldives (21 percent).
Thailand (14 percent) posted encouraging results in spite of the political
unrest early this year,” the organisation said.
However, the organisation said despite a clear recovery in international
tourism, it is necessary to remain cautious.
According to the organisation, international tourist arrivals totalled 421
million during the first six months of 2010, up 7 percent on 2009.
UNWTO maintains its initial forecast of international tourist arrivals growing
by 3-4 percent for 2010..