Published on : Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Recently at a press conference, Nguyen Van Tuan, director of the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), explained that the number of foreign visitors visiting the country in the first six months of this year has crossed 6,200,000, which is tantamount to 30.2 percent increase over the same period of time in 2016.
On the other hand, number of domestic tourists during the period was 40.7 million respectively.
Total income from various tourism activities reached approximately VND254, 700 billion (US$11.17 billion), which accounts for 27 percent increase over the same period last year.
Nguyen Van Tuan said that South Koreans, Japanese and Chinese accounted for 50 percent of the total number of overseas visitors.
Destinations like Da Nang City, the central province of Quang Nam, the northern province of Quang Ninh and the central provinces of Khanh Hoa, Phu Yen and Binh Dinh witnessed record number of tourists in the first six months.
In Da Nang alone, over 3.2 million tourists had come to the city, with a 72 percent increase in foreign tourists rising year on year. Credit goes to a series of attractive events including the International Fireworks Festival that lasted nearly for two months.
According to the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017 compiled by the World Economic Forum, Vietnam in one year rose eight places high to rank 67th in the world.
The report says, ‘the main drivers of the country’s T&T competitiveness are its natural resources (34th), cultural resources (30th) and price competitiveness (35th). Viet Nam has made significant progress on its human resources and labour market pillar (37th, up 18 places) scores, thanks to a better-qualified labour force (53rd) and partially simplified regulations on hiring foreign labour (75th).’