Vietravel Marketing and Tourist Company has received the first 700 Japanese tourists to visit Vietnam since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
This is good news following a sharp drop of 40 percent in Japanese arrivals over recent months.
In the next 3 days from July 4-6, the Japanese tourists are scheduled to visit HCM City and some provinces in the Mekong Delta region before going to Cambodia.
It is expected that the number of Japanese tourists to Vietnam this year will increase by 15-20 percent compared to 2010.
Nguyen Minh Man, a representative of Vietravel Company, said Japan, together with the Republic of Korea, Europe and Southeast Asia, are great tourism markets for Vietnam, the number of Japanese tourists occupy about 50 percent of total foreign visitors to Vietnam.
The company will welcome 800-1,000 Japanese tourists in the coming months, he noted.