Foreign tourists visit Vietnam. (Source: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – Over 3.2 million foreign tourists visited Vietnam in the first three months of 2017, representing a year-on-year increase of 29 percent, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT)

The rise is a good signal, laying a foundation for the tourism sector to realise its goal of receiving 11.5 million foreign holidaymakers and serving 66 million domestic visitors, earning total revenue of 460 trillion VND (around 20.5 billion USD) from tourism activities in 2017. 

Since the beginning of the year, Vietnam’s tourism sector has actively participated in tourism promotion and cooperation activities abroad, including the ASEAN–China Tourism Cooperation Year 2017 in the Philippines from March 15-17. The event was expected to enhance tourism flows and people-to-people exchange between the two sides.
In the framework of the event, VNAT General Director Nguyen Van Tuan and his Chinese counterpart Li Jinzao discussed measures to boost tourism cooperation between the two countries.

Also in March, Vietnam took part in the Moscow International Travel and Tourism Fair (MITT) – one of the five biggest tourism fairs in the world, which attracted the participation of nearly 2,000 travel companies from 158 countries and territories worldwide.

At the fair, Vietnam introduced attractive tourism destinations and forms, and activities in the National Tourism Year 2017 and updated information related to tourism cooperation between Vietnam and Russia as well as new, specific tourism products for the Russian market.-VNA