The GSO reported that the number of travellers arriving in Vietnam for a holiday surged 11.3 per cent to more than 2 million. Meanwhile, there were 590,000 people coming to the country to visit relatives, up 68.7 per cent.
However, the number of visitors coming to work in the country decreased 2.6 per cent to 570,000.
The GSO said more than 2.87 million foreign visitors travelled to Vietnam by air between January and July, up 22.6 per cent over the same period last year. The number of arrivals coming by land and sea decreased 3.4 per cent and 21.4 per cent, respectively.
Chinese tourists continued to top the list of foreign visitors, with 785,700 arriving in the first seven months of this year, up 53.5 per cent. Meanwhile, there were 300,700 South Korean visitors and 273,400 US travellers in the same period, up 4 per cent and 2.5 per cent, respectively.
The number of Japanese, Taiwanese, French, Singaporean and Cambodian visitors to Vietnam in the period also surged significantly, the GSO reported.
Ho Chi Minh City, receiving 70 per cent of Vietnam's total tourists thanks to its offer of diversified attractions, sightseeing and river tours, welcomed more than 1.85 million foreign visitors in the first seven months.
In a move to attract more foreign tourists to the country, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) recently submitted a development strategy to the Prime Minister.
VNAT General Director Nguyen Van Tuan said that the draft strategy aimed to attract human resources and investment to the tourism industry alongside developing unique and highly competitive products and trademarks within its varied tourism zones.