A foreign tourist stayed 5.21 days on average in HCMC in 2017 and spent some VND3.3 million a day, or US$145, according to data from a survey on the city’s tourism market in 2017 released by the HCMC Department of Tourism on June 15.
The data also indicates that a local tourist stayed 3.6 days and spent VND1.58 million per day, far less than international ones.
The survey, jointly conducted by the HCMC Department of Tourism and the HCMC Statistics Bureau, found that 48% of international respondents had a stay of four to seven days while the number of tourists staying for eight to 14 days accounted for 40% of the total. The last year welcomed over 6.38 million international arrivals.
As for the domestic segment, local travelers’ average duration of stay was surveyed to be 3.6 days. Some 61.1% of local tourists stayed for one to three days and 35.1% for four to seven days. The city last year welcomed as many as 24.9 million local travelers.
Last year, the city’s tourism sector earned VND116 trillion (nearly US$5.1 billion) in revenue, or an increase of 12.6% against 2016.
The department noted that the city’s tourism sector has also been performing well this year, with an estimated 3.83 million foreign arrivals over the first half of 2018, up 26.5% year-on-year.