Vietnam sees record hike in international visitors

Last update 17:11 | 27/06/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – The country has seen an estimated 6.2 million international visitors in the first half of this year, up 30.2 per cent year-on-year, the General Statistics Office (GSO) reported.

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Foreigners travel around Hoi An Ancient Town in the central province of Quang Nam by Xich lo (cyclos). 

In June alone, around 950,000 foreign tourists visited Viet Nam, 33.6 per cent higher than the same period last year, according to the GSO data.

During the six-month period, arrivals by air reached 5.21 million, up 33 per cent year on year; 170,800 visitors came by sea, up 26 per cent; and the remaining 824,000 arrived by road, up 15.8 per cent.

Northeast Asia remained the largest market for Vietnamese tourism in the first six months of 2017, accounting for 58.5 per cent of total international arrivals. Southeast Asia accounted for 12.9 per cent, Europe 15.8 per cent, and America (7 per cent).

Among countries that recorded the highest growth in the number of tourists to Viet Nam are mainland China (up 56.7 per cent), Russia (up 53.4 per cent), South Korea (44 per cent), Cambodia (36 per cent), Hong Kong (30 per cent), Spain (28.6 per cent), Philippines (24.3 per cent), Taiwan (23 per cent), New Zealand (19 per cent) and Australia (10 per cent).

From January to June, the domestic tourism sector earned a revenue of VND254.7 trillion (US$1.11 billion), a 27 per cent surge against last year’s corresponding period, the GSO noted.

2.8 million tourists visit HCM City in H1

International tourists to HCM City reached 2.8 million in the first half of 2017, a 14.7 per cent year-on-year increase, according to the municipal People’s Committee.

During the period, the city’s revenue from tourism services also saw a yearly rise of 12 per cent ot an estimated VND53.61 trillion.

Since the beginning of the year, the city has been organising monthly events to attract and retain visitors, including Ao dai (Vietnamese traditional long dress), southern land cuisine and southern fruits festivals, among others.

The city also introduced a number of new tourism products recently, including medical tourism and craft trading streets.

HCM City welcomed 5.2 million foreign tourists in 2016, making it the first locality to touch the milestone of five million overseas visitors. The southern hub expects to receive 5.6-6 million international tourists by the end of this year.


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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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