The number of international visitors to Vietnam exceeded 2.95 million between January and November, up 21.1 times year on year, down 81.9 percent compared to the same period before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).
That includes 596,900 foreigners visiting the Southeast Asian country this month, a year-on-year increase of 23.2 percent that the GSO attributed to tourism and international flight reopening.
In the 11-month period, the number of international tourists traveling to Vietnam by air accounted for 88.9 percent, 11.1 percent by road, and 0.03 percent by sea.
The country earned an estimated VND536.3 trillion (US$21.7 billion) from accommodation and catering services, up 56.5 percent year on year, while revenue in the travel and tourism industry was estimated at VND22.9 trillion ($929.2 million), a 4.1-fold increase compared to that of the same period last year.
Recently, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism launched an email system, the first of its kind, to promote Vietnamese tourism.