Vietnam receives over 1.43 million foreign tourists in January

According to the General Statistics Office of Vietnam, the country welcomed 1.43 million international travelers in January, an increase of 42 percent compared to the previous year.

Ho Chi Minh City’s leaders greet the first foreign visitors of 2018. (Photo: Sggp)

Ho Chi Minh City’s leaders greet the first foreign visitors of 2018. (Photo: Sggp)

Travelers from the Europe, America and Australia have increased sharply, because of increasing number of overseas Vietnamese coming home for Tet holiday and the demand for winter vacations.
Most of markets recorded positive growth in comparison with the same period of 2017, including China (69 percent), the Republic of Korea (84 percent), China’s Taiwan (22.9 percent), Malaysia (335.5 percent), Thailand (11.3 percent), Singapore (16 percent), Cambodia (36.6 percent), European countries (22.8 percent).
The tourist sector has launched many activities promoting the country’s tourism from early January. On the other hand, Vietnam participated in the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from January 22-26 with a wide range of activities, such as a “Vietnam Night” event presenting Vietnamese tourism and its role in hosting the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019 in Ha Long, Quang Ninh province.
Vietnam won 14 ASEAN tourism awards at the event, including The “ASEAN Clean Tourist City” awards went to Hue, Hoi An and Da Lat. Many hotels and resorts in Hanoi, Ha Long, Vinh Phuc, Thai Nguyen, Quy Nhon, Nha Trang and Con Dao earned the “ASEAN Green Hotel” awards.

By MAI AN – Translated by kim Khanh

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