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Published on : Saturday, December 28, 2013
International tourist arrivals have risen to an all-time high with more than 7.57 million so far this year, up 10.6% over the same period in 2012 and even higher than the target set for 2015, according to the General Statistics Department.
Of the huge visitor numbers, over 4.64 million came for tourism and leisure purposes, growing 12.2% year-on-year, said the department. Meanwhile, the others came to do business and visit relatives. In particular, the number of international visitors coming to Vietnam by air amounted to over 5.98 million.
Regarding the markets, China is still the biggest visitor-generating market with more than 1.9 million travelers, leaping 33.5% from the same period last year.
Other large markets such as Japan, South Korea, the U.S. and Taiwan post either slight growth or decline against last year. For instance, the nation welcomed roughly 604,000 Japanese visitors, rising 4.8%, more than 478,000 South Korean travelers, surging 6.8%, but only some 432,000 American and 399,000 Taiwanese travelers, dipping 2.6% and 2.5% respectively.
Russia, an emerging market in recent years, is still the market with the most impressive growth, at up to 71.1% this year. The total number of Russian tourists amounted to over 298,000 in 2013, with most of them coming on chartered flights landing in Cam Ranh International Airport.
The local tourism industry targets around eight million foreign visitors next year, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism reports. The tourism authority will carry out around 50 activities inside and outside the country to promote Vietnam’s tourism image, most of which will be fairs and promotions in traditional markets like Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan and larger ones such as the Middle East, Russia and Eastern Europe and India.
Source:- Vietnam Tourism