Foreign visitors reach over 4 million so far

Friday, May 27, 2016 11:27

Foreign visitors are interested in ornamental fish in HCM City. — Photo Xuan Hung

HA NOI (Biz Hub) – Foreign arrivals to Viet Nam have reached over 4 million so far this year, up 20 per cent year on year, with an increase being seen in most tourist market.

In May alone, Viet Nam welcomed 757,244 foreign visitors, representing a drop of 4.1 per cent over the previous month but a rise of 30.2 per cent compared to the same period last year, the Vietnam Administration of Tourism revealed on May 26.

Particularly, a surge was seen in the number of visitors from countries enjoying a visa exemption under the Government's Resolution 46/NQ-CP dated June 18 last year, with Italy up 30.1 per cent, the UK 24.4 per cent, Spain 22.4 per cent, German 17.6 per cent, and France 13 per cent.

The administration also reported that the tourism sector earned more than VND167.4 trillion (US$760 million) in the January-May period, up 20.7 per cent over the same period last year.

Meanwhile, the figure for domestic tourists in the first five months of this year is 27.3 million. It is predicted to continue rising until the end of the season in September.

Beaches and mountainous destinations are forecast to be the most crowded places. Especially, Phu Quoc island in the southern province of Kien Giang is expected to lure a large number of visitors thanks to the Phu Quoc-Mekong Delta National Tourism Year 2016.

At the same time, in its recent report, real estate services provider Savills Group said over 70 per cent of foreign tourists choose Viet Nam's sunny beaches to spend their holidays. In the 2010-2015 period, Da Nang, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc have enjoyed a surge of average 23 percent annually. These destinations lure about 30 per cent of the country's total visitors.

In the meantime, the Vietnam Culture-Tourism Village of Ethnic Groups in Ha Noi reported that it received 300,000 visitors, mostly Vietnamese, a rise of 50,000 compared to the same period in 2015.

Along with a diversity of activities, the village will organise an impressive summer month programme, creating an attractive playground for visitors. — VNS

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