International visitors to Vietnam increase over 24% in January

The Statistics Office of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism reports that the number of international tourists to Vietnam in January is estimated to reach 630,000, an increase of 6.2% compared with December 2011 and a 24.8% rise compared with January 2011.

Of these, 530,000 are air travelers (84.12%), while sea travelers are 5,000 (0.81%) and passengers coming by other transportations makes up 95,000 (15.7%). The number of visitors to Vietnam with tourism purpose is 365,000; business purpose is 110,000 and other purposes is 35,000. All figures increase significantly in comparison with the same period last year.

Largest tourist sending countries include: Cambodia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, England, America and France. On the contrary, the same month witnesses a major fall in the number of Australian visitors of about 24.8%; and 14.5% less of other markets.

This is a positive sign for Vietnams tourism which might promise another successful year of Vietnam’s travel industry. In 2011, Vietnam welcomed over 6 million international tourists to the country and in 2012, the target is set at 6.5. 

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