Tourism sector hosts 10 million foreign tourists in 2016

TTXVN-VNA | 21-12-2016 | 14:10 |

Tourists visit Nha Trang beach (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam’s tourism sector expects to welcome the 10 millionth foreign tourist in 2016 at Phu Quoc international airport in the coastal province of Kien Giang.


A ceremony will be also held on December 25 to conclude the National Tourism Year 2016, which aimed to draw more holidaymakers to Phu Quoc island and the Mekong Delta region.


The tourism year is an effort to turn Kien Giang into a tourism hub in the Mekong Delta region with Phu Quoc island as a leading resort destination of Vietnam.


In 2016, more than 5.4 million tourists visited Kien Giang, up 24 percent year on year and exceeding the yearly target by 9.5 percent. Of the figure, international arrivals grew 31.4 percent annually, 14 percent higher than initial plan.


According to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, the country expects to welcome over 10 million international arrivals and serve more than 62 million domestic travelers this year, with total revenue estimated at 400 trillion VND (18 billion USD). 


On January 1, 2017, Vietnam will begin issuing e-visa for foreign tourists. As such, the tourism sector has set goals of 11.5 million foreign visitors and revenue of 460 trillion VND (20.24 billion USD) in 2017./.








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