Foreign arrivals increase in two months
Update: Mar 05, 2014
Viet Nam welcomed over 1.6 million overseas arrivals in the first two months of 2014, a surge of 33.4 percent over the same period last year, according to General Statistics Office.

The figure represented 20 percent of the yearly target on greeting 8 million international tourists.

Growth was reported in most markets, with Germany posting the highest rise of 262.7 percent, followed by China, 50.1 percent, and Cambodia , 36.9 percent.

The country also served around 9.5 million domestic tourists in the period, a year-on-year increase of 21.8 percent, raking in 47 trillion VND (2.2 billion USD) in revenue – up 34.3 percent on an annual basis.

Last year, Viet Nam greeted over 7,572,000 foreigners, a 10.6 percent rise over 2012, bringing in 200 trillion VND (9.4 billion USD) for the state coffer.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has devised a plan on improving tourism products and service quality to be carried out this year.

It is also making efforts to successfully organise the National Tourism Year 2014 highlighting the Central Highland province of Lam Dong and other regional provinces.

The ministry is also gearing up for the National Tourism Year 2015 in central Thanh Hoa province.