The total number of international visitors to Vietnam in the first five months of this year increased 18 percent, but the total number of arrivals for work purpose saw a fall, general Statistical Office (GSO) reported.
According to the figure from GSO, in Jan-May, Vietnam has attracted 2.5 million international tourists, rising 18 percent from the same period last year.
Of which, the visitors to Vietnam for tourism and resort purposes reached nearly 1.5 million people, up 10.2 percent year-on-year, 442,400 arrivals for relative visiting purpose, up 81.4 percent y-o-y, and those who come to Vietnam for work purpose saw a fall of 0,8 percent y-o-y with nearly 419,000 arrivals.
Also in Jan-May, foreign tourists to Vietnam from China increased nearly 50 percent y-o-y with 546,900 arrivals, Japan with 204,200 arrivals, up 12.8 percent, Korea with 222,400 people, up 2.5 percent, the US with 201,400 people, up 4 percent and Cambodia with 168,700 visitors, up 75.2 percent y-o-y.
Tourists to Vietnam from Taiwan, Malaysia, France and Australia also saw a considerable increase from the same period of last year.
In 2011, Vietnam expects to welcome about 5.3 million international visitors and serve 30-31 million local tourists. The revenue from tourism sector is expected to reach 110 trillion dong, or 4.5 percent of the country’s GDP.