Vietnam Makes Biggest Jump in World's Travel & Tourism Development Index
Released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) every two years since 2007, the TTCI 2022 covered a total of 117 economies, the TTDI measures an array of factors and policies that enable the sustainable and resilient development of the Travel and Tourism (T&T) sector, which in turn contributes to the development of a country.
This year's reported showed Vietnam ranked 52th in the overall rankings this year compared to its 60th rank in 2019.
When it comes to price competitiveness, Vietnam ranks 22nd, rising 13 places while in terms of air transport infrastructure, the country has improved by 11 places, growing to 50th from 61st.
Vietnam’s travel and tourism score grew by 4.1 percent, higher than the world’s average rate of 0.1 percent between 2019 and 2021.
Elsewhere, Indonesia had a 3.4% boost to climb from 44th to 32nd and Saudi Arabia went up by 2.3% from 43rd to 33rd to record the greatest improvements in the rankings.
|Vietnam is one of three countries with the highest jumps in the study after Indonesia (up 12 places) and Saudi Arabia (up ten places). Photo: Vietnamnet|
This year, Japan topped the global charts, followed by the U.S., Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, the UK, Singapore and Italy in the top ten.
Vietnam has opened its borders to tourists from March 15, 2022. So far, there is no longer requirements to show proof of vaccination, undergo any Covid-19 testing or complete any quarantine whatsoever.
Titled ‘Travel & Tourism Development Index 2021: Rebuilding for a Sustainable and Resilient Future’, the study measured “the set of factors and policies that enable the sustainable and resilient development of the T&T sector, which in turn contributes to the development of a country”.
In this year’s index — which consists of five subindexes, 17 pillars and 112 individual indicators.
2022 is the turning point for Vietnam's tourism
In 2022, Vietnam's tourism industry has set a target this year for the country’s tourism industry to welcome 65 million visitors, including five million international visitors with vaccine passports. Total revenues from tourism in 2022 are expected to be about VND400 trillion (US $17.4 billion).
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam has announced a national tourism development action programm for 2021-2025, aiming to see the country rank among the top 50 by 2025. Digital technology will be applied to transform tourism into a spearhead economic sector.
The tourism industry will seek to develop a national database system and digitalise its resources, including establishing a digital information system at various tourist sites and service establishments.
The plan of action will also give priority to developing high-quality human resources, as well as a sustainable tourism labour market, while simultaneously providing post-pandemic support to related businesses.
The country’s reopening to welcome international visitors has created a new turning point for the tourism industry. After a short time of reopening, Phu Quoc and Khanh Hoa have welcomed 1,500 international visitors.
|Tens of thousands of people have flocked to Hoi An - a UNESCO-regconised heritage site in central Vietnam during the national break on April 9-11. Photo: VOV|
On the other hand, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam announced that approximately 5 million local visitors travelled in December 2021, double that of November.
The number of domestic tourists has increased rapidly at many tourist destinations across the country, especially on weekends, in areas such as Khanh Hoa, Dalat, Phu Quoc, and Lao Cai.
Tourism agents forecast that the number of tourists traveling in small groups and individual tourists will continue to increase, especially during the holiday. Tourists are also likely to spend more on luxury services because of the number of discounts to be had.
The WEF report also shows Vietnam’s improved rankings were resulted from its achievements in pandemic prevention, safe and flexible adaptation, as well as continuous efforts to develop safe tourism.
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