Vietnam welcomes over 1.43 million foreign tourists
Updated : Tuesday, January 30, 2018 2:47 PM (GMT+0700)

Morethan 1.43 million foreign visitors arrived in Vietnam in the first month of2018, a year-on-year rise of 42 percent.

Foreign tourists are kayaking in the world natural heritage site of Ha Long Bay in
Vietnam's northern province of Quang Ninh – Photo: VNA

In January, tourists fromAsia were estimated at over one million, up 53.9 percent against the sameperiod last year. 

Most of the country’s mainmarkets recorded growth, including China (up 69 percent), the Republic of Korea(up 84 percent), China’s Taiwan (up 22.9 percent), Malaysia (up 35.5 percent),Thailand (up 11.3 percent), Singapore (up 16 percent) and Cambodia (up 36.6percent). The number of tourists from Europe saw a year-on-year rise of 22.8percent.

According to the VietnamNational Administration of Tourism (VNAT), the tourism sector has launchedtourism promotion programmes in early 2018, aiming to serve 15-17 millioninternational tourists this year.

While participating in theASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2018 in Thailand, Vietnam introduced the country’sNational Tourism Programme in the northern province of Quang Ninh. Added tothis were several activities, including the promotion of the Hanoi-Ninh Binh-HaLong tourism route and the “Vietnam Night” programme featuring an “ao dai”(traditional dress) show, art performances and gastronomy.

Also at the ATF 2018,Vietnam won 14 prizes for 2017. The “ASEAN Clean Tourist City” awards went toHue, Hoi An and Da Lat cities. Many hotels, tourism and resort areas in Hanoi,Ha Long, Vinh Phuc, Thai Nguyen, Quy Nhon, Nha Trang and Con Dao won the “ASEANGreen Hotel” awards.

In 2017, Vietnam welcomednearly 13 million international tourists and 74 million domestic ones.


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