“Top 100 City Destinations Index” is an annual report of Euromonitor, a leading strategic market research company. This year, Vietnam’s two biggest cities made it onto the list.
Vietnam’s two largest cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, are on the list of the world’s 100 best urban destinations in 2021 by market research firm Euromonitor International (based in the UK).
In the list of 100 best urban destinations in the world in 2021 (Top 100 City Destinations Index 2021) completed at the beginning of December 2021, Ho Chi Minh City ranked at 90th and Hanoi capital at position. 94th.
Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: Tron Le)
To get this list, Euromonitor International researched more than 110 cities in 86 markets throughout 2021 according to 6 criteria. These include: Tourism performance, economic and business performance, tourism policy and attractiveness, tourism infrastructure, health and safety, and sustainability.
Based on the above 6 criteria, both the capital Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are rated the highest for tourism infrastructure (index 38 and 44 respectively), based on accommodation services, travel travel, entertainment, shopping and places to eat.
Both cities have many high-class hotels, convenient homestay services and many entertainment spots and monuments to visit. In addition, the health and safety criteria in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City were also evaluated well with indexes of 63 and 66 respectively.
Before the pandemic, in 2019, Ho Chi Minh City welcomed nearly 9 million international visitors, an increase of nearly 14% over the same period last year. As for the capital, Hanoi, welcomes more than 7 million international visitors, an increase of 17% compared to 2018. In the rankings of world travel sites such as TripAdvisor, Booking, Agoda, these two cities are always loved by tourists with positive reviews.
Tourism is positive thanks to vaccinations
According to Euromonitor International, 2021 marks a positive development period for the travel and tourism sector as countries increase their efforts to vaccinate against Covid-19. Air routes were reopened and travel restrictions lifted, leading to the recovery of many cities across the globe.
Euromonitor International’s list of the top 100 urban destinations shows that European cities are leading the recovery, with 39 cities making the list of 100 global urban destinations. Emerging markets are also making progress as top urban destinations. 45 cities on the list for emerging markets and nine cities in emerging markets make the top 50.
Hanoi Capital (Photo: Josh Stewart)
Although in 2021, Hanoi tourism as well as other provinces and cities in the country will be severely affected by the COVID-19 epidemic, but many international tourism organizations and press agencies still evaluate and rank Hanoi in the top 10. group of the most attractive destination cities in the world.
Specifically, the website Trip Advisor ranked Hanoi city 2nd in the list of the top 25 most popular tourist destinations in Asia and 6th in the list of the top 25 most popular tourist destinations in the world. Online travel site Worldpackers (USA) introduced Hanoi capital as one of the 10 cheapest cities in the world for foreigners.
Time magazine (USA) voted Hanoi capital as one of 3 destinations of Vietnam in the top 100 most wonderful places in the world, 3 destinations include: Hanoi capital, Ho Chi Minh City, Phu Quoc (Kien) Giang). Next, the website Holidu (UK) specializing in international tourism, ranked Hanoi capital at 18th position (Ho Chi Minh City 21st, Hoi An 32nd) in the list of 147 best cities to work and work in. rest in the world.
Dominating the top 100 destinations is the French capital, Paris, followed by Dubai (UAE) and Amsterdam (Netherlands). The remaining destinations in the top 10 except New York (USA) are mostly in Europe such as Madrid, Rome, Berlin, London, Munich, etc.
Leading Asian cities are Tokyo at 15, Beijing at 32, Bangkok (45), Hong Kong (China) (49), Delhi (72) and Kuala Lumpur (74).
Comparing the results for 2021 versus 2020 reveals a lot of valuable information. In 2020, 67% of the cities on this list represent emerging markets. The greater prominence of emerging markets in 2020 reflects the importance of sustainable tourism, which many of these markets naturally enjoy. With strong domestic tourism markets, these cities are less vulnerable to the crisis in the global tourism sector. Lower international connectivity and, therefore, lower levels of Covid-19 infections have given these destinations an edge.
This latest study by Euromonitor International has also shown factors related to the recovery of world tourism. The Covid-19 pandemic has made travel and tourism aware of the importance of broader environmental, social and economic sustainability goals, while governments recognize their role is always important. important in addressing this issue.
Along with that, destinations are also aware of having to deal with tourist overload, but still have to ensure to attract tourists back without spreading the disease.