Vietnam attracts Indian visitors

A report from Mastercard’s Economics Institute, entitled “Travel Trends 2024: Breaking Boundaries,” has revealed that Indian outbound travel to Vietnam skyrocketed by nearly 250% compared to 2019, followed by visitors from the US and Japan.

Compiled for the January-March period, the figures indicate a significant shift in traveller preferences.

The emerging trends hold promise for the travel sector, considering that India is expected to see nearly 20 million more people entering the middle class over the next five years, according to the report.

Additionally, Indian travellers have extended their trips by an additional day in the year ending March 2024, compared to the corresponding period of 2019.

This trend underscores a burgeoning appetite for immersive and meaningful travel experiences, the report said.

Moreover, cruise vacations have witnessed remarkable growth, surpassing the 2019 record.

Vietnam’s tourism sector served over 6.2 million foreign visitors in the first four months of this year, up nearly 70% over the same period last year.

The northern province of Quang Ninh, which is home to the World Natural Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay, was among localities welcoming the most foreign visitors in the period./.