HCMC among Asia-Pacific’s slowest recovering tourist towns
Foreign and domestic customers at a beer shop on Bui Vien Backpacker Street in District 1 of HCMC on August 28, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Tung
Ho Chi Minh City is among the Asia-Pacific cities with the slowest recoveries in international tourist arrivals after their post-pandemic reopening.
The number of foreign visitors to Ho Chi Minh City this year is expected to see a 69% drop from 2019, the year before the pandemic outbreaks, according to a report by the Spanish data and analytics firm ForwardKeys Travel Package.
Tokyo had the slowest recovery in the region for the year with an estimated decline of 83%, followed by Seoul (78%), Bangkok (75%), Denpasar (74%), Kuala Lumpur (73%) and Phuket (72%).
Singapore shared HCMC’s 69% drop estimate.
Lahore in Pakistan is expected to lead the region in international tourism recovery, recording a 4% increase in visitor arrivals compared to 2019.
ForwardKeys analyzed the level of tourism recovery of 17 cities in the Asia-Pacific region based on its air ticket data.
Only destination cities with more than 0.235% of global international arrivals are listed.
Tourist arrivals were counted on the basis of return ticket holders staying at least one night at the destination.
HCMC expects to receive 3.5 million foreign tourists this year.
In 2019, it had welcomed 10 million foreign visitors.