Vietnam tourist arrivals up 15.9-pct to 5.3 million

HANOI, Dec (Asia Pulse) – Some 5.3 million foreign visitors
came to Vietnam in the first 11 months of 2011, up 15.9 per
cent year-on-year, and meeting the country’s tourism target,
according to the Vietnam General Statistics Office.

Tourism, including domestic, earned an estimated VND110
trillion (US$5.2 billion) or 4.5 per cent of the nation’s GDP,
this year.

Of those coming to the country, 4.5 million arrived by
plane, 20.8 per cent up on last year. However, the number of
visitors coming to the country by sea and road decreased by 30
per cent and 2.9 per cent, respectively, to 32,000 and
833,000.

Of those coming to the country, 3.2 million came for a
holiday – up 13 per cent against the same period last year –
890,000 came to visit relatives, and 887,000 arrived for
business purposes.

China topped the tables, with 1.2 million visitors coming to
the country, up 49 per cent on last year. Meanwhile, there were
473,000 visitors from South Korea, up 5.1 per cent on 2010.

Visitors from Japan, the US, France, Cambodia, Taiwan,
Australia and Malaysia also surged significantly.

(VNA) nt