HCMC’s Q1 foreign arrivals down 42 percent

Ho Chi Minh City lost around VND10 trillion ($425 million) in first-quarter tourism revenue, with its foreign visitor numbers plummeting 42 percent year-on-year due to the novel coronavirus.


Ho Chi Minh City has closed all historical sites and tourist attractions from March 28 until April 15 following a directive issued by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

From mid-March, the city had already closed all bars, karaoke parlors, restaurants, and other entertainment facilities as it joined the country in trying to limit the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

HCMC received over 8.6 million foreign visitors last year, up 13 percent from a year ago./.