Int’l travelers to Vietnam surge

In five successive months, the number of international visitors to the country reached one million.

According to the General Statistics Office of Vietnam, 6.1 million holiday-makers come to Vietnam by air, a year-on-year increase of 31.3 percent while 178,101 voyagers arrived in Vietnam, a rise of 13.3 percent compared to same period last year and 945,886 people by road, a surge of 17.3 percent compared same period last year.

The number of Chinese tourists going to Vietnam reached 2.2 million, a 51 percent increase from the number in January 2016.

The number of Russian, South Korea, Hong Kong, Spain, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Taiwan also went up with 49.3 percent, 46.8 percent, 30.1 percent, 27.8 percent, 23.6 percent, 23.4 percent, and 20.8 percent respectively. African tourists also increase with 19,973 people, a year-in-year surge of 28.1 percent.

It is estimated that local tourists in first seven months were 46.9 million, bringing revenue of VND306,700 billion, up 25.7 percent compared to same period last year.

According to the plan, in 2017, the tourism sector has to welcome 13 million tourists from all corner of the world. Head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Nguyen Van Tuan said that the tourism sector adopted some measures. They are promotion campaign in and out of the country, especially concentrating key markets such as China, Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia.

In addition, the sector should have more tourism products to attract holiday-makers in Vietnam longer and spend more during the stay. The sector should maintain service quality and control security in places crowded with travelers.

This year, the sector authority will tighten control over agent operation, tour guide, transport and issue leaflets of civilized behaviors while traveling abroad.

Furthermore, the sector will liaise with aviation agents to improve its quality and paper formality in a bid to facilitate passengers.

By MAI AN – Translated by UYEN PHUONG



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