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International arrivals up slightly

Released at: 09:05, 30/12/2014

International arrivals up slightly

Vietnam welcomed more foreign visitors than last year despite global uncertainties.

by Hoang Vu

More than 7.8 million international visitors came to Vietnam in 2014, a year-on-year increase of 4 per cent, according to the latest figures from the General Statistics Office (GSO) released last week.

In December alone Vietnam welcomed over 657,300 foreign guests, for month-on-month growth of 8 per cent.

The organization of various large-scale cultural and gastronomy events in famous tourism centers was behind the rise, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).

Over 4.7 million foreigners came to the country for tourism and relaxation, up 2.6 per cent against last year, VNAT’s figures show. More than 1.32 million came for business, up 4.3 per cent, and 1.34 million to visit relatives, up 6.9 per cent.

Around 6.22 million arrived by air, up 4 per cent, 47,600 by sea, down 75.4 per cent, and over 1.6 million by road, up 14.8 per cent.

In terms of nationality, the number of Asian guests was over 5.3 million, posting year-on-year growth of 4.5 per cent, of which those from South Korea stood at 848,000 (up 13.3 per cent), Japan 648,000 (up 7.3 per cent), Cambodia 404,200 (up 18.1 per cent), and Laos 136,600 (up 11.2 per cent).

European guests numbered over 1.19 million, for a significant rise of 14.6 per cent, according to VNAT.

With the opening of the new Terminal 2 at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport Terminal 2 expected on January 4 and cheaper airfares being introduced due to the falling oil price, VNAT planners hope to see higher numbers of foreign arrivals in Vietnam in 2015, targeting an 8 per cent increase against 2014.

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