Tourists flock to a beach in Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province. The province welcomed more than 2.6 million visitors in the first half of 2016, up 22 percent

Khanh Hoa (VNA) – The central coastal province of Khanh Hoa welcomed more than 2.6 million tourists in the first half of 2017, up 22 percent from the same period last year, earning more than 7.5 trillion VND (330 million USD) in revenue.

International arrivals rose by 180 percent year-on-year to 949,000 and average length of stay also increased by 90 percent to 3.3 days.

The number of foreign visitors from China and Russian jumped by 263 percent and 248 percent, respectively, while tourists from Japan, the US, the UK, Canada, France and German decreased.

Khanh Hoa and its resort city Nha Trang are among the country’s most popular destinations thanks to beautiful beaches and islands alongside friendly locals, the safe environment and affordable prices.

This year, the province hosted several international and national events, notably the first 2017 APEC Senior Officials Meeting, Nha Trang – Khanh Hoa Beach Festival and the Ponagar Temple Festival.

According to the People’s Committee of Khanh Hoa, the locality is working to improve local services by upgrading infrastructures and adding more tourism products.-VNA