A corner of Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) –
The number of international arrivals in Ho Chi Minh City has to date this year reached 3.18 million, up 32 percent from last year and meeting 42.4 percent of the yearly target.

Tourism revenue in the period was estimated at over 51.6 trillion VND (2.27 billion USD), an annual increase of 14.8 percent. The figure accounted for 37.4 percent of the yearly target.

The municipal Tourism Department said it will continue boosting the quality of local tourism products and services, with a focus on waterway routes.

According to a survey of a popular room booking website, Ho Chi Minh City has so far secured the highest number of booking as the base for visitors to start exploring Vietnam.

A recent survey jointly conducted by the Tourism Department and the municipal Statistics Office showed tourists both domestic and foreign stay for an average 5 days in the city and spend around 145 USD a day, which showed a reduction in stay duration compared to a survey of the Vietnam National Tourism Administration in 2013 but the spending stays the same.

Foreign tourist arrivals to Vietnam in January-May skyrocketed by 27.6 percent year-on-year to more than 6.71 million, according to figures from the General Statistics Office.-VNA