In first two months this year, international tourists to Vietnam saw a rise of 19.5 percent against the same period last year, general Statistical Office (GSO) reported.
In particularly, the total number of foreign visitors to Vietnam in Jan-February reached about 1.049 million arrivals.
Of which, those who came to Vietnam for the tourism and relaxing purposes reached 625,800 people, a year-on-year rise of 14.2 percent, about 160,500 foreigners to Vietnam for business purpose, up 1.4 percent while 196,300 others for visiting the relatives, up 52.8 percent y-o-y and 66,500 arrivals for other purposes, a year-on-year rise of 54 percent.
Also in Jan-Feb, Vietnam drew about 191,100 Chinese tourists, up 39 percent, Korean tourists with about 102,500 arrivals, up 17.4 percent, the US at 96,600 people, up 8.4 percent and a large number of tourists from other countries and territories such as Japan, Cambodia, and Malaysia.
In 2011, the tourism sector expects to welcome about 5.3 million international visitors and serve about 30-31 million local tourists. Revenue from tourism sector would be about 110 trillion dong, accounting for 4.5 percent of the country’s GDP.