Asia becomes top market of Vietnamese tourism
Updated : Saturday, December 29, 2018 8:50 AM (GMT+0700)

Asian countries are themajor market of Vietnam’s tourism sector in 2018 with over 12 milliondepartures, up 23.7 percent over last year, statistics show.

Foreign visitors at Tam Coc-Bich Dong tourism site - Photo: VNA

An upturn was also seen in many other markets, includingEurope with 8.1 percent, America 10.6 percent, Oceania 4 percent, and Africa19.2 percent.

According to the General Statistics Office, the countrywelcomed about 15.5 million international visitors in 2018, an increase of 19.9percent or 2.6 million over 2017. 

HCM City led the country once again with 36.5 million visits,including 7.5 million foreign and 29 million domestic. Hanoi welcomed about 28million visits, including 5.5 million foreign.

Notably, the northern province of Quang Ninh emerged as anattractive new destination this year. It attracted 12.5 million visits,including 5.3 million foreign, surpassing the central city of Da Nang with 7.7million, including nearly 3 million international visitors.

Tourism revenue is estimated at 620 trillion VND (26.5billion USD) in 2018, an increase of nearly 110 trillion VND against theprevious year. 

During the year, 380 new travel firms received internationalbusiness licenses, while 4,678 individuals got new tour guide licenses.Currently, Vietnam has 28,000 accommodation facilities with over 550,000 rooms,a rise of more than 2,400 facilities against 2017.

For 2019, the tourism sector targets 103 million visits,including 18 million foreign. The sector is determined to complete the goal ofbecoming a spearhead economic sector one year ahead of the schedule.

Source: VNA

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