Foreigners travel in Vietnam in first half of 2008
Foreigners travel in Vietnam, an estimated of 450,000 foreign visitors travel to Vietnam in June, an increase of 34 percent on year, raising the total figure for the first six months this year to 2.5 million, said the Governmental website portal.
According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), the total tourism turnover in the first six months of this year reached an estimated 37 trillion VND, fulfilling 60.7 percent of the yearly target.
The foreign tourists mainly travel from China, Switzerland, Finland, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Laos, Malaysia, Norway, Germany, and the UK. The most notable increase has been in the number of visitors from China which has risen sharply.
The number of tourist traveling by sea to Nha Trang, Danang, and Quang Ninh and by road from Thailand to Central provinces through Lao Bao and Cau Treo international border gates surged.
The recent campaign to promote Halong Bay (Halong bay Tours) across the world has shown signs of success with nearly 213,300 tourists, including 130,500 foreign tourists, visiting the area in June alone.
(Source:SGT, URL: http://english.vietnamnet.vn/travel/2008/06/790905/)
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