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Int’l tourist arrivals to Vietnam surge 27% to 3 million

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 20:07 GMT+7
Int’l tourist arrivals to Vietnam surge 27% to 3 million
Foreign tourists are seen at the Da Nang International Airport in Da Nang City January 31, 2014.

The number of foreign tourist arrivals to Vietnam in the first four months of this year reached 3.073 million, an increase of 27.32 percent compared to the same period last year, according to statistics issued by tourism firms.

Accordingly, the number of tourist arrivals from Hong Kong to Vietnam topped 804,100, an increase of 46.9 percent, in the first four months while that from Taiwan was 144,300, up 24.3 percent year on year.

In April alone, the number of international visitors to Vietnam was about 745,980, a 5.11 percent increase compared to last month’s figure, and increased 21.51 percent over the same period last year.

The number of tourists coming to Con Dao, an island district in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, is going up strongly ahead of the upcoming holidays (Reunification Day, falling on April 30, and International Labor Day on May 1) and all the tour packages for visits to Con Dao were already sold out several months ago.

There have been over 50,000 tourists traveling to Con Dao so far this year, with the number of flights increasing by more than 15 percent compared to the same period last year, according to statistics issued by the Con Dao airport.

Vietnam expects to welcome 8.3 million foreign arrivals and serve 37 million domestic travelers in 2014, earning a total revenue of VND230 trillion (US$10.85 billion), the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has said.

In 2013, the country received over 7.57 million foreign visitors while the number of local tourists hit 35 million, which all generated a VND200 trillion revenue.

All these figures are higher than those in 2012.

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