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Moscow (VNA) – Revenues from tours to Vietnam will rise by 8-10 percent this year, Russia-based Sputnik News quoted press-secretary of the Russian Tourist Industry Union Irina Turina on June 13.

A large number of Russian holidaymakers have chosen Vietnam over Turkey and Egypt, Turina said, adding that the most popular destinations in Vietnam during summer are beach resorts in Phan Thiet city of Binh Thuan province, Nha Trang city in Khanh Hoa province and Phu Quoc island off Kien Giang province.

Many local hotels are offering discounts of 10-12 percent to boost demand while Russian tour operators are promoting tours running between summer and the beginning of this autumn.

The press-secretary noted that Vietnam is a safe and peaceful country with good customer services. In addition to that, Russian visitors are allowed to enter Vietnam without a visa for 15 days, she said. The visa-free policy for Russian people is in accordance with the exemption agreement between the two countries.

About 130,000 Russian people holidayed in Vietnam last year. The country hopes to welcome at least 400,000 Russian visitors this year and about one million by 2020.-VNA