VN welcomes over 10.4 million foreign visitors in first eight months
17:13 | 31/08/2018
VGP - The country welcomed over 10.4 million foreign visitors over the past eight months, up 22.8% against the same period of last year, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).

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Among them, arrivals by air, road, and sea in the reviewed period recorded annual increases of 17.3%, 62.1% and 1.6%, respectively.

Growth was also seen in the numbers of visitors from the Asian markets, including the Republic of Korea (up by 52.4%), Japan (up by 5.3%), Taiwan (up by 14%), Malaysia (up by 13%), Thailand (up by 10.9%), and Singapore (up by 5.4%).

Meanwhile, the number of European tourists to the country rose 10.4 percent year-on-year. Fast growing markets include Russia (7.5%), the Netherlands (8.4%) and Sweden (14.2%).

The number of tourists from the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, the countries having enjoyed Viet Nam's visa exemption also recorded impressive growth, particularly, the UK (6.7%), France (10.6%), Germany (7.9%), Spain (10.9%) and Italia (15.3%).

In August alone, over 1.3 million foreign visitors arrived in Viet Nam, representing an annual increase of 11.3%. Of which arrivals by air increased by 7.7%, by road increased by 29.4%, and arriving by sea increased by 21.3%. 

Compared to the same period last year, international visitors to Viet Nam increased by 7.7%, of which Asian visitors increased 8.2%, Europeans rose 5.8%, from the Americas increased by 9%, from Oceania decreased by 0.1% and those from Africa increased by 13.7%.

With the current growth rate, the tourism sector is expecting that international arrivals will reach between 15 and 17 million  this year.

                                                                                                                        By Vien Nhu

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