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Vietnam welcomes 1.5 million foreign arrivals in September

Updated at Sunday, 29 Sep 2019, 14:31
The Hanoitimes - In January-September, around 12.9 million foreign travelers visited Vietnam, up 10.8% year-on-year.
This September marks the fourth month of this year and the second consecutive month that Vietnam received over 1.5 million foreign arrivals, up 28.8% year-on-year, according to the General Statistics Office of Vietnam.
 
Illustrative photo.
Illustrative photo: VOV News
Of the amount, the number of arrivals from Asian and African countries increased 33.5% both, from America 13.3% while the number of those from Europe slightly declined by 0.3% against the same period in 2018.

Overall, in January-September, around 12.9 million foreign travelers visited Vietnam, up 10.8% year-on-year. Of those, the number road travelers experienced the fastest growth, up 23.5% inter-annually, those coming by air reached 10.2 million, up 8.3%, while arrivals by sea dropped 0.6%. 

Visitors from Asia continued to snatch the biggest proportion, reaching10.2 million, accounting for 78.9% of the total foreign arrivals and up 12.5% versus last year’s comparable period. Meanwhile, visitors from Europe, America and Africa increased by 5.3%, 6.8%, and 10.8%, respectively.

Vietnam plans to draw 18 million tourists in 2019, a year-on-year increase of 16%. To reaching that target, the country has focused on improving the local tourism quality.

On the occasion of the World Tourism Day on September 27, the National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the Vietnam E-commerce and Digital Economy Agency signed an agreement on applying advanced technologies and e-commerce applications on tourism promotion, Vietnam News Agency reported. 

VNAT is encouraging Vietnamese tour operators to promote more aggressively domestic online tourism transaction platforms as those from Vietnam are losing ground to world online market places and booking applications, including Airbnb, Agoda, Tripadvisor, among others. 

Thereby, the cooperation between two aforementioned government bodies will help promote the healthy competitive environment for domestic and foreign online trading platforms as well as further ensure rights for tourists who use the platforms to traveling, booking, among others. 

The two sides also decided to jointly pilot “Vietnamese card – A national card” for domestic tourists which offers solutions for tourism services and helps promote the e-payment in tourism, trade, transportation among others. 
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