The information was announced at a conference themed “The world tourism development trend and the impact on Vietnamese tourism” organised by the General Department of Tourism on August 20 in Hanoi.
According to the UNWTO, the number of international tourists worldwide in 2018 has surpassed 1.4 billion. This is the second highest growth milestone in the period from 2010 to the present. In particular, Southeast Asia is the leading region for international growth.
UNWTO’s forecasts show that, by 2030, the number of international tourists worldwide will reach 1.8 billion. Southeast Asia will become the 4th largest attraction area in the world for international visitors.
According to experts, tourism trends of the world and Vietnam have many changes, from cash payments to card payments; using payment applications on smartphones and the booking services such as air tickets and hotels through smart phones have increased sharply.
According to tourism and economic experts, the digital technology platform will dominate tourism growth in the Asia-Pacific region with 80% of trips using booking online and 87% of the young generation using smartphones as a tool for tourism.
Thereby, it can be said that information technology and social network will be the future of the tourism industry in the world and in Vietnam.