Vietnam sets to target 16 million visitors this year

Published on : Monday, October 22, 2018

VietnamVietnam aims to attract 16 million foreign tourists this year, after seeing massive success in 2017-2018 tourism season.



A representative of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said at a press conference Wednesday that the special guest would be welcomed at the famous Ha Long Bay in northern Quang Ninh Province. The year end is a peak travel season as foreign tourists, especially from the U.S. and Europe, visit Vietnam to escape the winter and enjoy the Xmas and New Year holidays.



The expectations are high that the country can fulfill its target of welcoming 16 million international visitors this year, said Nguyen Van Tuan, head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.



More than 11.6 million foreigners arrived in Vietnam in the first nine months of this year, a 22.9 percent year-on-year increase. Last year the foreign tourist arrivals is 12.9 million.



The continuous growth in tourist arrivals can be partly attributed to Vietnam’s efforts to relax its visa policy.



The visitors from France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K. will continue to receive visa exemptions for the next three years, authorities have said.



Vietnam first offered visa waivers for citizens from the five European countries in July 2015, and the policy had been updated annually until now. Vietnam is among countries with the strictest visa policies in Asia.



However, the efforts are being made to relax this with an e-visa policy that is now available to people from 46 countries, with Indians and Australians added late last year. A global report published last month by the United Nations World Tourism Organization ranked Vietnam’s tourism growth as fourth highest in the world.



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