Foreign tourists buy goods at Ben Thanh Market. (Photo: SGGP)

Ho Chi Minh City becomes more attractive to visitors

According to the Department of Tourism of Ho Chi Minh City, the number of foreign visitors to the city was estimated at more than 2.2 million people since the beginning of this year with total tourism revenue at about VND40 trillion (US$1.72 billion), achieving 26.6 percent of this year’s plan.
Syria's Damascus sky lights up with service to air missile fire (Photo: AP)

Vietnamese citizens warned not to travel to Syria

The Consular Department under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has warned Vietnamese citizens not to travel to Syria or regions in its vicinity until stability is re-established in this Middle East nation.
More Vietnamese are using their mobile devices for travel purchases, presenting a growth opportunity for online travel agents. — Photo Hostelworld

More Vietnamese use mobile devices for travel purchases

While only 7 per cent of online travel sales in Việt Nam were made on mobile devices last year, the number grew rapidly at a 58.1 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in the 2013-16 period, presenting a major growth opportunity, according to a Euromonitor International study.