Vietnam welcomes 12.8 million foreign tourists in 10 months
Updated : Saturday, October 27, 2018 9:14 AM (GMT+0700)

Morethan 12.8 million foreign tourists have chosen Vietnam as their destinationover the last 10 months, up 22.4 percent year on year, according to the VietnamNational Administration of Tourism (VNAT).

Foreign visitors to an exhibition at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi - Photo: VNA

The VNAT said on October 26that the country has welcomed over 1.2 million foreign visitors this month,rising 17.6 percent from a year earlier.

In the 10 months, it has seenincreases in the numbers of tourists from most markets, particularly theRepublic of Korea (48.3 percent), Finland (33.3 percent), China’s Hong Kong(29.6 percent), China (28.8 percent), and Denmark (16.4 percent). AlthoughAfrica is not a major market, the number of arrivals from this continent hasrisen by 19.7 percent.

Meanwhile, holidaymakers fromLaos have dropped by 15.7 percent and from Cambodia down 8.1 percent comparedto the same period last year.

Domestic travellers totalled67.9 million between January and October, the VNAT noted, adding that thesector earned 505 trillion VND (21.5 billion USD) from tourists in total, up 21percent.

VNAT General Director NguyenVan Tuan said Vietnam aims to attract 15 – 16 million foreign arrivals in 2018.The fourth quarter is a peak season for foreign tourists, so if the currentgrowth rate is sustained and there aren’t any sudden upheavals, the countrywill receive at least 15.7 million foreign vacationers this year.

To attract more foreigners inthe coming months, the VNAT has organised a tourism promotion programme inNanning and Shenzhen cities of China from October 22 to 27, he added.

In the national tourismdevelopment strategy until 2020, China is considered a key source of tourists.It has continually ranked first among sources of foreign travellers to theSoutheast Asian nation, accounting for 38 percent of total foreigners visitinghere.

Tuan said the VNAT has alsocoordinated with some agencies to launch a smart tourism portal at soas to provide comprehensive information about Vietnam’s tourism and help usersgain better travel experiences in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


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