With a record 10 million international visitor arrivals in 2016 and 20 million arrivals being targeted by 2020, Vietnam is set to generate $30 billion USD in tourism revenue by the end of the decade. Chinese arrivals saw massive growth in 2016, up over 50%. Russian arrivals are also rebounding with 2017 arrivals increasing over 60% year-on-year.
The dramatic rise in arrivals has gone hand in hand with significant infrastructure investment as Vietnam spends a greater amount of its’ GDP on infrastructure than any other Southeast Asian nation. The investment will lead to 2,000km of new highways, metro systems in Hanoi and HCMC, and a slew of airport expansions and new builds.
This is complimented by investments from both state and private airlines to expand and improve their fleets. It is therefore unsurprising that investors and hotel operators alike are keen to commit to this high growth market.