Foreign visitors travel to Ho Chi Minh City surge again
Foreign visitors travel to Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam surged to close to 1.28 million over the first half of this year, a year-on-year increase of 11.3 percent, according to the municipal tourism department.
Topping the list of visitors was the US, up by 8 percent over the same period last year, Japan (up by 15 percent), Taiwan (up by 8 percent), the Republic of Korea (up by 33 percent), Australia (up by 37 percent) and China (up by 49 percent).
Dong Thi Vui, Director of Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Department, said that Russia, which has not traditionally featured amongst the city's top markets was starting to show its promise by surging by over 81 percent over the previous year.
Foreign visitors travel to Ho Chi Minh City, meanwhile, an estimated 312,200 domestic tourists went abroad over the first six months, recording an increase of close to 20 percent over 2006.
Tourism revenues for the city were recorded at 10,358 billion VND (647 million USD) for the period.