Vietnam serves nearly 8 million foreign tourists in H1
Updated : Saturday, June 30, 2018 9:28 AM (GMT+0700)

Thenumber of foreign tourists to Vietnam in the first six months of 2018 surged27.2 percent year-on-year to 7.89 million, the General Statistics Officeannounced on June 29.

Foreign tourists take photos in Don village, the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak
- Photo: VNA

Arrivals by air, road, andsea in the reviewed period recorded annual increases of 22.2 percent, 63.7percent and 1.7 percent, respectively.

Growth was also seen in thenumbers of visitors from all five continents, with Asia (32.7 percent), Europe(11 percent), America (13.5 percent), Oceania (10 percent) and Africa (22.2percent).

The results were attributedto efforts taken by the tourism sector, especially in tourism promotion abroad.

Most recently, a tourismpromotion programme was organised in the four European countries ofSwitzerland, Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic from June 19-28. 

Notably, this was the firsttime Vietnamese tourism has been promoted in Hungary, which reported a rise of30 percent in the number of visitors to Vietnam in 2017.

A series of activities havebeen also organised in Seoul, Daejeon, Daegu and Busan cities of the Republicof Korea from June 18-25. Last year, Vietnam welcomed 2.4 million Koreantourists, up 56.4 percent from the previous year. In the first half of thisyear, over 1.7 million Korean visitors travelled to Vietnam, soaring 60.7percent annually. 

From July 1, tourists fromthe UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy will enjoy visa exemptions in the nextthree years until June 30, 2021, when travelling to Vietnam.

The continued visa exemptionis expected to push up the development of the Vietnamese tourism sector.

The number of tourists fromthese countries to Vietnam soared in recent years, with 720,000 in 2015,855,000 in 2016, and 1,500,000 in 2017.

From September 25 to October7, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism plans to hold tourismpromotion activities in France, Spain, Italy and Germany in order to attract moretourists from these markets.


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