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International visitors hit record in August

Released at: 11:19, 30/08/2017

International visitors hit record in August

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Visitor numbers up 18.5% against July and 35.1% against August last year, while January - August figure up nearly 30%.

by Quynh Nguyen

The latest figures from the General Statistics Office reveal that international visitors to Vietnam in August reached a record high of 1.2 million, an 18.5 per cent increase against July and up 35.1 per cent against August last year.

The reason international visitor numbers are rising dramatically is the tourism industry and travel companies adopting many measures and effectively organizing cultural and tourism activities.

Visa-free policies for citizens from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy have also been a key factor.

International visitors are estimated at 8.5 million in the first eight months of this year, up 29.7 per cent year-on-year.

Visitors from Asia totaled 6.3 million, up 34.8 per cent year-on-year. Chinese tourists numbered 2.6 million, up 51.4 per cent, South Koreans 1.5 million, up 49.3 per cent, and Japanese 518,000, up 7.4 per cent.

Those from Europe were estimated at 1.2 million, up 20.4 per cent year-on-year.

Visitors from the Americas, meanwhile, reached 565,200, up 10.8 per cent, of which those from the US reached 424,000, up 9.8 per cent.

Tourists from Australia and Africa also increased sharply over the same period in 2016.

Vietnam has great tourism potential but the country needs appropriate policies to create breakthroughs to develop it into a spearhead economic sector and affirm the country’s position on the global tourism map, experts told a conference held last month in preparation for the upcoming Vietnam Private Sector Forum (VPSF).

The experts indicated that Vietnam spent $2 million on promoting tourism, which was modest compared with other countries in the region.

According to Mr. Hoang Nhan Chinh, General Secretary of VPSF’s Tourism Working Group, visa policies should aim at creating favorable conditions for foreign tourists and visa exemptions should be extended to a duration of 30 days.

Exemptions should also be granted to tourists from Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Belgium, and Switzerland, who spend on average $1,200 each, he said.

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