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Aussies flock to Vietnam


Published on Nov 25, 2010

Vietnam's status as Southeast Asia's fastest growing tourism destination is reflected in new statistics that illustrate Australian visitors are flocking to the country like never before.

Perhaps due to their own country's relative isolation, Aussies have cultivated a reputation for being voracious travelers. Traditionally, however, they have looked to Indonesia — particularly Bali — Fiji and Thailand when making plans to explore other parts of the Asia-Pacific region.

While these locations retain a potent pull, data from some of Vietnam's top hotels, as well as Vietnam's National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), the country's own tourism authority, show that a growing contingent are choosing to spend their vacation in Indochina's most populated nation.

Ho Chi Minh City's iconic Caravelle Hotel has seen a twofold increase in visitors from Australia this year while the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital's most prestigious address, has reported a 48% rise over the past 12 months. 

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