Vietnam has been named among the top ten hot destinations for US travelers in 2019 by the US Tour Operators Association (USTOA).
In an article “Where will U.S. travelers explore in 2019? Top trends, destinations and anniversaries” published on USA TODAY, USTOA mentioned Vietnam as one of the most popular destinations for travelers in 2019, other countries in this list are Italy, Iceland, Japan, Australia, France, Spain, Colombia, Cambodia and Portugal.
The ranking was based on a recent survey conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the tour operator members of the USTOA. Vietnam has also entered the list of the top 10 off-the-beaten path or emerging destinations by members of this organization.
In 2018, Vietnam is estimated to serve about 15.6 million foreign tourists. The number of international tourist arrivals surged three-fold from 5 million in 2010 to over 15 million in 2018. In 2019, Vietnam expects to welcome 18 million foreigners.
Also this year, the country has won a series of international awards, recognizing it as a safe and friendly destination. Vietnam was named the “Asia’s Leading Destination” for the first time at the 2018 World Travel Awards in Hong Kong this September. Two months later, it was honored with the title of “Asia’s best golf destination in 2018” at the Golf World Travel Awards.