Ho Chi Minh City has been listed among the 15 fastest-growing tourist cities in the world.
Vietnam’s largest city was 13th on the list from the TravelSupermarket website, a market-leading price-comparison service in the UK for package holidays.
As flights between cities around the world become more frequent and more air routes are forged between countries, international tourism continues to rise. TravelSupermarket used data from British market research firm Euromonitor International to compile the list of the fastest-growing-tourist destinations in the world by projected visitors in 2025.
International travel is set to increase by 35 per cent in the next ten years alone. Asia will be the biggest winner, according to its research, as 24 of the 25 highest performers are found in the continent, while India had the highest number of destinations set to grow the fastest by 2025.
Ho Chi Minh City is forecast to welcome 10.2 million international visitors by 2025; double the figure of 5.5 million last year.
On average, foreign visitors to Ho Chi Minh City spent $145 a day and stayed for 5.21 days last year, according to a study by the city’s Department of Tourism and the General Statistics Office.
Hong Kong topped the TravelSupermarket list, with an estimated 40 million tourists expected by 2025, followed by Bangkok, Singapore and Macau.
Earlier this month, Ho Chi Minh City was also ranked third on a list of the best destinations in Asia this year from renowned travel guide site Lonely Planet. Last year it was also listed among the Top 50 most beautiful cities in the world by CnTraveler and featured in the ten most dynamic urban areas in the world in the City Momentum Index from real estate group Jones Lang LaSalle.
The city welcomed more than 3.83 million foreign tourists in the first half of this year, up 26.5 per cent year-on-year.
Source: Vietnam Economic Times