The World Economic Forum (WEF) has just released a report on global tourism competitiveness in 2017. According to the WEF experts, Vietnam tourism has made a big step forward in the global tourism ranking chart, from 75/141 countries in 2015 to 67/136 countries in 2017.
According to the report, prominent factors contributing to Vietnam's tourism competitiveness include natural resources (ranked 34th in the chart), cultural resources (ranked 30th) and price competitiveness (ranked 35th). Particularly, Vietnam has made much progress on the labor and labor market index (ranked 37th, an 18 rank jump in comparison with 2015). Vietnam has also sharply improved its capacity and use of information technology (ranked 80th, a rise of 17 ranks compared with 2015).
At the same time, the continued economic development also contributed to the tourism business growth (up by 3 levels). Meanwhile, the level of security and safety of Vietnam has been placed at 57th position, hinting a secure and safe Vietnam to international tourists.
In fact, the number of foreign tourists to Vietnam in the first quarter of 2017, which reached 3.2 million, a 29% rise compared with the same period of 2016, has more or less demonstrated the above opinion.
Particularly, the number of tourists from North-eastern Asian countries, including China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan, rose 64%, 29%, 22% and 5% respectively in Q1.
By Duy Tien