Foreign arrivals surge by 6.8 times in six months hinh anh 1Tourists in Phu Quoc city in Kien Giang province. (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The number of foreign tourists visiting Vietnam in the first two quarters of 2022 increased 6.8 times over the same period of 2021, reaching 602,000, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).

Visitors coming by air accounted for 87% of the total and 9.4 times that of the same period last year.

In June alone, Vietnam welcomed nearly 237,000 foreign arrivals, up 36.8% compared to the previous month, and 32.9 times that of the same period last year.

Statistics show that the revenue from accommodation and catering services surged by 20.9% in the first six months, and 80% in June, over the same period last year.

Meanwhile, the travel service revenue in the January – June period surged by 94.4% over the same period last year thanks to the strong recovery of tourism activities, especially the boom of domestic tourism in the second quarter. Some localities recording high revenues were Khanh Hoa (up 627.8%); Can Tho (183.9%), Hanoi (129.3%); Da Nang (98.5 percent); and Quang Nam (67.8 percent)

Notably, Hanoi served 8.61 million tourists in the reviewed period, earning 25.2 trillion VND (nearly 1.08 billion USD), up three times in both number and revenue against the same period last year.

The tourism sector of Ho Chi Minh City reported that the city welcomed 11 million domestic holiday-makers and 478,000 foreigners in the periods, up 43.1% and 100% year-on-year, respectively./.