Why You Should Invest in Vietnam’s Tourism and Hospitality Industry

The diverse culture and landscapes are some of the reasons for the booming tourism in Vietnam. Find out why you should invest now.

Drawing on deep-rooted culture, rich history, evolving cities, diversified geography, and beautiful beaches along the 3.000 kilometers of coastline, Vietnam’s tourism and hospitality sector have long attracted potential international investors. For many investors in Vietnam, the ideal way to start doing business is to set up a company since not much capital is needed and options are diverse and flexible.

Why Vietnam’s Investment Opportunities are Unmatched

Vietnam was one of the first countries to reopen its doors on March 15, 2022 to tourists, and the tourism sector has recovered strongly after the COVID-19 pandemic hit. In the first ten months of 2022, approximately 2.1 million tourists visited Vietnam, a 24.9-fold increase from the year before. Additionally, 8 to 9 million foreign tourists are anticipated to visit Vietnam between 2022 and 2023. 

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Vietnam spends more of its GDP than any other Southeast Asia on infrastructure. Infrastructure investment has been motivated by the dynamic expansion of Vietnam’s tourism and hospitality sectors to keep up with the industry’s growth. These investments are primarily going into the 2,000km of highways, metro systems, and other new construction and development in important cities in Vietnam: Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Nevertheless, despite all the positive developments and possibilities for this key industry, there are still specific difficulties, such as a shortage of professional expertise and inadequate infrastructure in some locations. Vietnam’s tourism and hospitality sectors will be explored in greater detail in this article, along with the potential that foreign investors can tap into.

Popular Tourist Destinations in Vietnam

Vietnam was recognized by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as “Asia’s Leading Destination” and was also included as the third-fastest-growing tourist destination in the world.

The following are some of the tourist hotspots in Vietnam where we could observe a thriving tourism industry following the pandemic lockdown:

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC): According to statistics for the first seven months of 2022, around 765,585 foreign tourists visited Ho Chi Minh City during this time, a 100 percent increase over the corresponding period in 2021 and a 21.87% achievement of the 2022 target.

Hanoi: In the first ten months of 2022, the number of visitors to the capital city increased by more than five times compared to the same period in 2017. According to the municipal Tourism Department, they included nearly 983,000 international tourist arrivals. With this outcome, Hanoi has reached the yearly goal of 9-10 million arrivals.

Quang Ninh: Quang Ninh welcomed about 10 million visitors in the first ten months of 2022, an increase of 3.55 times, while tourism earnings climbed by nearly four times compared to the same period in 2021. From now until the end of the year, Quang Ninh expects to welcome 1.5 million tourists for a total of 11.5 million over the entire year.

Da Nang: The city’s overall revenue from lodging and catering services during the first eight months of 2022 was projected at VND 11.85 trillion (USD 503.7 million), an increase of 56.1 percent from the same period in 2021, according to the city’s Department of Statistics. Nearly 2.4 million people visited Da Nang, including 221,000 foreigners, an increase of 125.7% and 144.9% over the previous year. 

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Government Policies to Recover Tourism in Vietnam

The most recent plans for tourism development in Vietnam emphasize the need for the sector to grow sustainably so that it may lead the nation’s economy in the years to come. Quality, efficiency, and competitiveness of an industry that earned USD$32 billion in 2019 are only a few of the planning’s key considerations. Tourism planning aims to restore tourism to the pre-pandemic state by 2025. In these growth scenarios, the country is expected to welcome 18 million international visitors and 120 million domestic tourists.

In addition to tourism funds, Vietnam is considering the number of nations qualified for visa exemptions to increase inbound tourism. Tourists from 25 countries are now exempt from obtaining visas upon arrival; however, the US and European countries may soon be added to this list. Additionally, the duration of the visa-free period could be increased to accommodate tourists searching for a more extended vacation.

Infrastructure Development

Legislators in Vietnam have adopted a monetary and fiscal policy package to support the program on socio-economic recovery and development. Under this package, an estimated sum of 4.95 billion USD for infrastructure development will be implemented.

Hanoi’s government has also launched a plan to use its budget to invest as much as 76.3 million USD into five infrastructure projects crucial to residents of its outskirts. It is calculated that by 2025, Hanoi will need around 21 billion USD worth of public investment to develop its infrastructure projects.

In another case, Ho Chi Minh City People’s Council in late 2020 adopted a scheme of investing 1.95 billion USD in infrastructure development for this year, including 108.56 million USD sourced from the central coffers.

Incentives for travel businesses

If you want to start a travel business in Vietnam, as a tour operator, you’ll get a substantial deposit reduction for tour operation service. This is a deposit to be made to the bank to ensure the customer’s rights. See our guide to starting a travel business for more details. 

There is an incentive valid for 80% of the service deposit and applies to all tour operators established between 2022 and 2023. 

Invest in Vietnam’s Tourism and Hospitality Industry Now

Vietnam’s tourism and hospitality sectors are expected to grow in 2023 due to several favorable factors. Given that multinational firms are spending more and more in Vietnam’s tourism and service industries to capitalize on the country’s expanding tourist industry, it is clear that the government has the potential to draw them.

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Tim Ta is the Head of the Business Consulting Department of Incorp Vietnam. He is a seasoned professional with more than 6 years of consulting experience in Vietnam for market entry, incorporation, and real estate investment.

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