Foreign arrivals to Vietnam plunge 61.6 pct. in first seven months hinh anh 1Foreign tourists visit Trang An tourism complex in northern Ninh Binh province (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) -
Vietnam welcomed 3.8 million foreign tourists in the first seven months of 2020, a year-on-year decline of 61.6 percent, the General Statistics Office announced on July 29.

Asian visitors accounted for the lion’s share, 73 percent, down 63.9 percent year-on-year.

Arrivals from most major markets, including China, the Republic of Korea, and Japan, declined substantially in January-July, with only those from Cambodia rising, by 88.9 percent.

Tourists from Europe fell 48.7 percent year-on-year.

In July alone, 139,000 foreigners arrived in Vietnam, mainly by road, a month-on-month increase of 8.7 percent but down 98.9 percent against the same period last year, as the country has yet to open its doors to international tourists.

Meanwhile, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism said that following a domestic tourism stimulus plan, many localities recorded month-on-month surges in June of at least 1.5-fold in domestic holidaymaker numbers.

They included Sa Pa in Lao Cai province and also Quang Ninh province in the north, Binh Dinh and Phu Yen provinces in the central region, and Phu Quoc Island, off the coast of the Mekong Delta’s Kien Giang province./.