Foreign arrivals to Vietnam top 6.7 mln in five months
Updated : Wednesday, May 30, 2018 9:39 AM (GMT+0700)

Foreignarrivals to Vietnam surpassed 6.7 million in the five months this year, up 27.6percent annually, according to the General Statistics Office on May 29. 

Foreign tourists in Hoi An ancient town, Quang Nam province - Source:VNA

In May alone, the figuretopped 1.16 million, down 13.5 percent month-on-month. 

The number of Asian touristshit over 5 million in five months, up 33.3 percent while those from China wasup 37 percent, the Republic of Korea (62.1 percent), Japan (6.6 percent),Malaysia (12.5 percent), Thailand (9.1 percent), Singapore (5.4 percent). 

Meanwhile, the number ofEuropean visitors rose by 11.8 percent year-on-year, including those fromRussia (up 9.2 percent), France (13.1 percent), the UK (9.6 percent), Germany(8.5 percent), Italy (18.3 percent). Visitors from America and Oceania were up13.8 percent and 12.1 percent, respectively. 

Major tourist localities sawa surge in tourist arrivals. The central city of Da Nang welcomed over 3.2million visitors, up 30.4 percent year-on-year, including more than 1.35million foreigners, or a rise of 51.3 percent. 

The central province ofKhanh Hoa served more than 2.44 million holidaymakers in the period, marking a20.75 percent rise, over 1.17 million of them were foreigners, surging nearly50 percent. 

In May, the Vietnam NationalAdministration of Tourism and the Japanese embassy in Vietnam held a seminar toboost exchange of tourists between the two countries. 

Last year, around 800,000Japanese people arrived in Vietnam while 300,000 Vietnamese landed in Japan. Atpresent, almost all Vietnam’s lodging facilities and flight services couldserve Japanese visitors, even during the peak season. 

However, Vietnam still lackstour guides proficient in Japanese language, especially in the central region.Moreover, Japanese tourists often stay in Vietnam for short time so thatVietnam’s tourism sector needs to offer new products to satisfy theirdemand. 

The Vietnam Society ofTravel Agents proposed Japan loosen visa policy, especially for groups oftourists from major travel agencies.


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