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Tourist numbers take a hit

Released at: 11:16, 30/06/2015

Tourist numbers take a hit

Numbers now in decline for 13 consecutive months.

by Minh Tuyet

The number of foreign tourists to Vietnam in June was 529,000, a fall of 1.9 against May and 8.2 per cent against June last year, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).

June was the 13th month in succession that the number of international tourists declined. Those arriving by air and road during June decreased 8.6 and 8.9 per cent compared to June 2014, while those arriving by sea increased 2.5-fold.

In May there was a sharp decline year-on-year of 10.6 per cent in European tourists, while tourists from Asia fell 10.6 per cent. Tourists from Oceania, however, rose by 1.6 per cent.

There were several countries seeing sharp declines in the number of tourists to Vietnam in May. Those from France fell almost 50 per cent and those from Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium fell between 25 and 30 per cent. Tourists from China and South Korea fell 30.2 and 10.6 per cent, while Thai and Japanese tourists fell 5.1 and 5.3 per cent.

Only tourists from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia increased in May against May 2014. US tourists also increased 31.1 per cent.

MERS was said to be one reason behind the declining foreign tourist numbers.

Yet there were cities that recorded increases in foreign tourist numbers, such as Ho Chi Minh City. In first half of the year the city welcomed over 2.16 million foreign tourists, an increase of 3 per cent year-on-year.

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