The number of foreign tourists visiting Vietnam reached 4.38 million in the first eight months of this year, up 9.4 percent against the same period last year.

There were rising figures of some markets, such as a sharp increase of 34.4 percent from the corresponding time last year by Korean visitors, and a rise of 23.2 percent by Malaysian visitors.

In contrast, the decline of some markets has partly reined in growth.

Cambodian tourists decreased strongly by 23.9 percent, as did Australians, who went down 4.6 percent. Mainland China went down 1.9 percent and the US went down 0.8 percent.

Local tourists hit 20.5 million during the period, a year-on-year increase of 6 percent.

As a result, the non-smoking sector earned a total revenue of 86 trillion VND (4 billion USD) from international and domestic tourism.-VNA