Kien Giang attracts visitors during Tet holiday hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Photo: VNA)

Kien Giang (VNA) – The southern province of Kien Giang welcomed more than 353,500 visitors during the nine-day Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday, a year-on-year rise of 27.4 percent.

The number of international tourists was 23,177, up 76.4 percent year-on-year.

The provincial tourism sector grossed 260 billion VND (11.1 million USD) in revenue, an annual increase of 17 percent.

According to the provincial Department of Tourism, marine eco-tourism routes with islands like Phu Quoc, Lai Son, An Son, Nam Du, Hai Tac and Ba Lua were popular destinations during the Tet holiday.

Other attractions include An Hoa cultural park, Phu Cuong urban area, Hon Phu Tu tourist site, U Minh Thuong national park and Ba Hon relic site.

Notably, Phu Quoc island greeted nearly 141,000 vacationers, including 22,260 foreigners, a year-on-year rise of 19.8 percent and 75.5 percent respectively.

Places like Vinpearl land entertainment park, Suoi Tranh tourist site, Phu Quoc prison historical site and Phu Quoc night market drew many visitors both domestic and foreign.

Kien Giang aims to serve 8.3 million tourists in 2019, up 9.2 percent against the previous year, including 640,000 foreigners, up 25.5 percent.

Tourism revenue is expected to reach 6.84 trillion VND (293.8 million USD), a year-on-year rise of 10 percent.-VNA