Int’l tourist arrivals to Vietnam increase in July

The country welcomed around 593,566 international visitors in July, up 12.1 percent over the previous month and 5.1 percent compared to the same period last year, according to the General Statistics Office.

The tourism industry removes MERS warnings in the country. (Photo: KK)

Top visitor markets include the Republic of Korea (up 35.5 percent), Finland (15.8 percent), Singapore (13.4 percent), Spain (6.4 percent), Italy (5.7 percent), the US (5.6 percent), Taiwan (China) (3.8 percent), and Germany (1.4 percent).

Around 4,398,202 tourists came to Viet Nam in the first seven months of 2015, a yearly decline of 9.4 percent, reported the General Statistics Office.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) have cooperated with Vietnam Airlines to launch tourism promotion programs and effectively implement the visa-free policy to those who are living in Belarus and five European countries to revive tourism industry.

Accordingly, travelers from Belarus, Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain will not require a visa to visit Vietnam from July 1.

Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh also asked the Ministry of Public Security to complete the project on granting visa exemption for Vietnamese overseas and foreigners who are their husbands, wives and children; foreigners who are their husbands, wives and children of Vietnamese people at home.

The VNAT has sent a document to local authorities, Vietnam Tourism Association and travel companies on removing MERS warnings placed at destinations across the country after the Republic of Korea (RoK) announced end of MERS threat.

By Staff writers – Translated by Kim Khanh

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