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Hanoi (VNA) – International tourist arrivals to Vietnam topped 1.31 million in July, up 11 percent month-on-month and 10.7 percent year-on-year, said the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) on July 26.

Accordingly, the number of foreign visitors to Vietnam in the January-July period surpassed 9.79 million, up 7.9 percent year on year. The number of tourists through air route rose by 4.7 percent, others via sea route down 11.3 percent, and via roads up 25.2 percent from the same period last year.

Arrivals from Thailand went up 48.2 percent, Taiwan (China) up 27.6 percent, the Republic of Korea 22.1 percent, Indonesia 21.2 percent, India 19.9 percent, among others.

Several markets saw downtrend such as Cambodia 51.6 percent, Laos 31.3 percent, Hong Kong (China) 14.5 percent, Finland 9.2 percent, China 2.8 percent and Australia 1.2 percent.

Domestic tourist arrivals reached 52.4 million, and 26.9 million of them stayed overnight. The total tourism revenue hit 401 trillion VND (17.4 million USD), up 8.67 percent year-on-year.

This year, the sector strives to serve 17.5 – 18 million foreign and 85 million domestic visitors, and earned about 700 trillion VND. If the target is reachable, it will fulfill the goal of welcoming 17 – 20 million foreigners by 2020 one year ahead of schedule in accordance with the Politburo’s Resolution No.08-NQ/TW on developing tourism into a pillar economy.

The VNAT has also called on localities, lodging facilities, tourist areas to minimise the use of nylon bags and disposable plastic items; classify, collect and recycle plastic wastes; and use more eco-friendly products.-VNA