The number of tourists visiting two central coastal cities, Da Nang and Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa province), has so far risen by 16 percent and 20 percent compared with the same period last year, authorities have reported.

In the first half of the year, Da Nang received 400,000 foreign visitors, up by 11.4 percent year-on-year. The city also received 1.15 million local tourists, a year-on-year increase of 18 percent.

According to the Da Nang Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the city's tourism industry attained revenue of over 3.6 trillion VND (172 million USD), up 23.7 percent over the same period last year.

Da Nang welcomed 53 cruise ships with a total of 60,000 cruise travellers to the city, up 67 percent over last year.

Flights between Da Nang and Hong Kong, Wenzhou and Chengdu in China, brought the number of visitors to 117,000, an increase of 94.2 percent compared with the first half of 2012.

Meanwhile, the number of tourist arrivals to central coastal province of Khanh Hoa in the first six months of the year was estimated at 5.4 million.

According to figures from Khanh Hoa's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the province provided accommodations to 1.4 million visitors, an increase of 20 percent compared with last year. The figure includes 309,000 foreign travellers, a year-on-year surge of 19 percent.

In the first half of 2013, the city's tourism sector attained revenue of nearly 1.5 trillion VND (70.6 million USD), a rise of 19 percent over last year.

The new direct-air services between Khanh Hoa province and Russia in the past two years resulted in an increase of 50 percent of Russian visitors.

Russians form a large majority of visitors to Khanh Hoa, contributing over 50 percent of the revenue of the province's tourism industry.-VNA