Despite many difficulties in tourism, in 2005 Viet Nam received over 3.4 million foreign tourists, up 17% from 2004, and served over 16 million domestic tourists, earning VND 30 trillion, according to the National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).
The foreign tourists are mostly from USA, Japan and other nations and regions including China, Europe, Eastern Asia and Northern America.
Also, the number of foreign visitors from ASEAN countries is rising remarkably, the VNAT said.
Currently, the country’s tourism industry has received nearly VND 2.146 trillion from the national budget and more than US$ 1.9 million from foreign direct investments.
In 2004, Viet Nam’s tourism earned VND 26 trillion (over US$ 1.6 billion), twenty-fold compared with that of 1990 and creating over 800,000 jobs for the locals.