Vietnam has become an increasingly popular destination for Australian tourists due to its unique experiences compared to other Asian destinations, as reported by VOV.
Southeast Asia has always been a favored location among Australians due to its proximity and affordability.
In recent years, Vietnam has emerged as a new and exciting destination for Australian travelers. According to Google’s statistics in Australia, Vietnam ranks fourth among the top 10 most searched tourist destinations by Australians.
|Delegates cut the ribbon to launch the new direct air route between Ho Chi Minh City and Perth city of Australia in December 2023. Photo: VNA
Most notably, Vietnam has surpassedNew Zealandand Thailand to become one of the most visited tourist destinations by Australians.
A report compiled by the Skyscanner platform in early November revealed that Ho Chi Minh City ranked among the top 10 most sought-after destinations for Australian tourists, with a growth rate of 246% recorded over the past year.
Adam Wright, a representative from one of Australia’s leading travel operators Flight Center Travel Group, stated that an increasing number of Australian families and couples are booking trips to Vietnam through his company. He attributed this rise to factors such as local cuisine, unique cultural characteristics, and diverse scenic landscapes.
Vietnam Airlines currently operates direct flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Melbourne and Sydney, as well as from Ho Chi Minh City to Perth, with a frequency of 23 flights per week. It remains the carrier with the most direct flights between the two countries.
Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, is one of the most economically significant states in Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region.
Currently, there are approximately 300,000 Vietnamese and individuals of Vietnamese origin residing and working in Perth, making it the third largest Australian market for Vietnam.
The Ho Chi Minh City-Perth route currently operates three round-trip flights per week, utilizing modern wide-body aircraft Boeing 787.
Nguyen Huu Tung, the head representative of Vietnam Airlines in Australia, stated that Vietnam Airlines will increase the frequency to five flights per week in 2024 and has plans to open an additional route connecting Perth and Hanoi.
He expressed optimism about the potential for operating five to seven flights per week between Perth, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City.
According to Rebecca Ball, Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner of Australia in Vietnam, the number of Vietnamese tourists visiting Australia is expected to increase to approximately 270,000 by 2028.