International cruises have yet to pick up steam after tourism reopens

Foreign tourists aboard French ship Le Laperouse arrive at Quy Nhon port in Binh Dinh province, central Vietnam, October 8, 2022. Photo by Vietnam News Agency

The number of international tourists passing through Vietnamese ports in January-October was just 745, a 49% year-on-year increase but indicating a slow recovery.

Last month, French luxury ship Le Lapérouse with 106 tourists from France, Italy, Spain and Sweden moored on Con Dao Island, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Quy NhonDa Nang, Hue, Quang Binh and Ha Long.

While tourism officials saw this as a positive sign, experts said it would take longer for Vietnam to attract international cruise passengers due to global socio-economic developments.

In 2019, Vietnamese ports welcomed 7.5 million passengers arriving on cruise ships, up 8% from the previous year.

Vietnam was named Asia’s Best River Cruise Destination at the prestigious World Cruise Awards last year.

Vietnam has a dense network of 2,360 rivers with a total length of over 41,900 kilometers.

In recent years, luxury river cruises past famous attractions and ancient temples have become a popular tourist product among international visitors.

Vietnam, which reopened its borders to foreign tourists in mid-March this year, welcomed more than 2.35 million foreign visitors between January and October, less than half of this year’s target of five million. year.

The number of international tourists arriving by air accounted for more than 80%.

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