Post COVID-19 pandemic, will Vietnam tourism grow stronger than Thailand?

As one of the countries that have succeeded in stopping the spread of coronavirus among the community, Vietnam has lifted social distancing and opened up critical businesses. Although it is still in its early stages, compared to many countries in the same Asian region, Vietnam is expecting a strong economic recovery, especially in an extremely competitive tourism industry.

In recent years, Thailand has attracted a lot of international tourists because of its advantages in culture, visa policy and entertainment industries. As one of the key industries, the tourism industry contributes up to 20% of the total GDP of Thailand. However, with the influence of COVID-19 pandemic, the Thai tourism industry is being strongly affected and is not prepared to recover fast enough after the pandemic.

Compared to the neighboring country, the tourism industry in Vietnam has a relatively slower growth. However, with the removal of social distancing earlier than many other countries, Vietnam has more advantages to recover the economy, along with strengthening the infrastructure for tourism development.

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