“Travel expenditures in Vietnam will rise rapidly due to increasing disposable incomes and growing middle-class affluence," said Alban Villani, general manager of Criteo Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. "Vietnam is a mobile-first society, and for 2017, the number of smart phone users in the country is expected to reach 28.5 million, and 37.8 million by 2020."
Last year, Vietnamese took 6.9 million international trips and 52.8 million domestic trips, while expenditures on leisure and recreation from now to 2020 are expected to grow at a 7.7 percent CAGR.
In the 2011-16 period, online travel sales grew at an 18.3 percent CAGR and totalled over 27 million USD in earnings in 2016. Mobile travel sales, which outpaced the growth of online travel sales, are expected to see a 22.4 percent CAGR from now to 2020.
Villani said that travel websites and online travel agents should focus on providing a user-friendly mobile experience that is easy to navigate with add-on features and secure payment methods.
To drive transactions, they need to engage with shoppers during the discovery, search and booking phases, and re-engage them across all devices after they leave websites, he added.