On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and India, the Embassy of Viet Nam in India, in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Viet Nam, and the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, organized the Vietnam Tourism Forum in India on December 14, 2022.
The forum prioritized the promotion of Viet Nam as a new destination for Indian travelers with a focus on high-end golf tourism, and wedding, conference and filming destinations.
H.E. Ambassador Nguyen Thanh Hai emphasized that the forum was also an opportunity for Vietnamese service providers to better understand the wants of Indian tourists so as to prepare customized products for Indian market.
In the first 11 months of 2022, Indian visitors to Viet Nam reached over 109,000, entering the top 5 leading customer markets of Viet Nam. The average growth rate of visitors is 49% per month. Although 2022 numbers have not attained than 2019 levels, it is noteworthy that the two countries were reopened for tourists only in Q2 and the direct flights resumed only from May 2022.
The reopening of direct flights has significantly boosted the flow of passengers. Airlines including Vietjet Air, Indigo, and Vietnam Airlines, have opened dozens of new routes connecting most major cities of Viet Nam and India. Estimates suggest that the number of exchange tourists between Vietnam and India may reach 500,000 by 2025.