Vietnam welcomed an estimated 2.1 million international arrivals between January and May, increasing by 32.2% over the same period last year, according to the General Statistics Office.
In May alone, about 351,000 foreigners visited Vietnam, a 20% rise on the same month last year.
|Foreign tourists buy lantern in Hoi An Ancient Town near Danang City (Photo: Khanh Van)|
In the first five months of the year, foreign tourists mostly came from China, Cambodia, South Korea, Australia, Thailand, Japan, France, Malaysia and the US, according to a General Statistics Office report.
Holidays such as the 35th anniversary of the reunification of the country on April 30 and May Day were attributable to a surge of foreign tourists in May.
In late May, the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa launched a series of promotion campaigns, offering 30-50 discounts in tours costs, restaurants and entertainment services for international flight passengers who land at International Cam Ranh Airport and book hotels of three stars upwards in the province. International tour operators have agreed to cut 5% off the price of signed contracts. Service suppliers also provide 5% discounts.
Meanwhile, Danang City also on the central coast will run a big sale program for goods and services in August and September with 5-25% discounts.