Foreign visitors to Vietnam numbered 4 million in the first eight months of the year, a year-on-year increase of 18.4 percent, stated the Vietnam National Tourist Board.
|Foreign tourists visit Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo: Khanh My)|
The number of domestic travelers were around 23 million in the first eight months, bringing in an estimated VND85, 000 billion (US$4 million)!
Visitors have streamed into Vietnam from almost all countries, though a larger number came from Cambodia, China, Malaysia and Japan.
The Vietnam National Tourist Board has also launched the 7th ‘International Travel Expo 2011’ entitled “Four countries, One destination”, to be held at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre in District 7 from September 14-17.
The Expo aims to introduce new travel destinations, world heritage sites and tourism products from four countries, namely, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. It will also serve as a platform for domestic and foreign enterprises to meet and seek business opportunities.
The Expo has more than 300 display booths of local tourist companies and 347 foreign travel companies from 47 countries such as the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Russia, Australia, Japan, South Korea, China, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.