In the first 11 months of this year, it was estimated at 3.16 million Korean visitors to Vietnam, up 46.5 percent compared to the same period last year, becoming 2nd largest market behind China; 427,000 Vietnamese visitors to Korea, up 42.1 percent compared to last year.
According to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, around 2.41 million South Korean visitors arrived in Vietnam in 2017.
Additionally, the South Korean government has launched a new visa policy to Vietnamese in major cities. Vietnamese passport holders who reside in Hanoi, Danang and HCMC can apply for five-year South Korean visas and stay for up to 30 days per trip.
The Korean government aslo issued ten-year visas to Vietnamese professionals like doctors, nurses,lawyers, professors, people with Masters’ degrees or above earned abroad and graduates who enrolled in four-year-plus programs in South Korean universities. The new visa policy allows people to extend their stay in South Korea for 90 days and takes effect on December 3.
With the new visa policy, South Korea hopes to increase business and investment cooperation and attract more travelers from Vietnam.
This year, KTO in Vietnam has also implemented many tourism promotional programs, introducing to Vietnamese visitors 95 tourist products, such as visiting film studios of well-known Korean movies, traditional markets, high end resorts and favorite tourist attractions
South Korea expects to attract more than 450,000 Vietnamese visitors this year , up 40 percent year-on-year, turning Vietnam to become the 7th country with the largest number of tourists to Korea.
There were more than 60,000 MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) tourist arrivals travelling from Vietnam to Korea, up 7.3 percent against the same period last year. Vietnam is ranked first among 32 markets in Korea in MICE tourism, with 235 groups and a group of over 100 persons.
South Korean visitors in Hoi An
Gyeongbokgung is the main royal palace of the “Five Grand Palaces” built during the Joseon Dynasty in 1935.
2018 Korea Travel Award ceremony honoring Vietnamese travel companies is held in Hanoi and HCMC .