Quang Ninh to welcome Viet Nam’s 15 millionth foreign tourist
Update: Oct 17, 2018
Viet Nam expects to welcome its 15 millionth foreign visitor of 2018 in Ha Long City, the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh, in late November or early December.  

Welcome ceremony was held for foreign touristsarriving in Ha Long City on the first day of 2018

The information was released at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s regular press conference for the third quarter of this year, which was held in Ha Noi on October 16.

Mr. Nguyen Van Tuan, Chairman of the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism, praised dynamic tourism promotion activities this year, noting that they have reached a number of new markets. 

According to Tuan, the country has counted 11.7 million foreign arrivals to date. At the current pace, the figure would reach about 15.7 to 15.8 million by year’s end. Viet Nam aims to serve between 15 and 16 million foreign tourists in 2018.

Currently, 52 international airlines have entered the Vietnamese market, and air travellers account for 84.4 percent of total foreigners to Viet Nam. 

The Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism reported that the rate of second-time visitors reached 40.4 percent last year, and average daily spending by foreign visitors from most markets increased. Spending by visitors from the Republic of Korea rose from 133.4 USD to 171.5 USD a day, while that of Chinese visitors went up from 118.6 USD to 130.1 USD per day. 

Cheap tours, which offer low prices but encourage tourists to use more shopping, food and entertainment services at the destinations, was a hot topic at the press conference.

Concerning the issue, Mr. Tuan said the management of low-cost tours should meet the market demand, control their quality as well as protect tourists’ interests and the image of destinations. 

He said tighter monitoring and strict fines, including revoking operation licences of violated businesses and tour guides, should be applied.