VIETNAM(VOV) - China and the Republic of Korea (RoK) took the lead in the numbers of travelers to Vietnam during the first 10 months of the year, accounting for approximately 56 per cent of the total number of foreign arrivals, according the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).
Throughout October, the number of foreign visitors in the country stood at an estimated 1.62 million, an annual increase of 34.3 per cent.In total, the 10-month period saw 14.5 million foreign tourists arriving in Vietnam, a rise of 13 per cent on-year.
Of this figure, tourists from Asia made up 79.5 per cent of the figure, up by 15.2 per cent from the previous year.
Most notably, several of the country’s key tourist markets enjoyed a sharp increase during the reviewed period, including China up 9.4 per cent, the RoK up 22.1 per cent, Japan, up 15 per cent, Malaysia, with a rise of 13.6 per cent, Taiwan, up 29.5 per cent, and Thailand, which enjoyed a giant leap of 47.7 per cent.
Commenting on the figures, the VNAT noted that during the first seven months of the year, a number of key tourist markets, such as China and the RoK, endured a slowdown, negatively affecting the overall growth rate of the nation’s tourism industry.