The southern coastal province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau attracted more than 6.4 million tourists in the first six months of 2013, up 10.75 percent over the same period of 2012.

The figure included 248,095 foreign visitors. Total tourism revenues reached 1.48 trillion VND, an increase of 17.9 percent over the same period of 2012.

The result can be attributed to considerable efforts Ba Ria – Vung Tau province has made to promote local destinations and improve tourism environment.

According to Nguyen Van Son, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the first phase of Ho Tram Strip tourist complex will be open to visitors at the end of July, which is expected to draw more visitors to the province.

The department also plans to organise workshops to find solutions to attract Japanese tourists and launch a contest to design the province’s typical souvenirs. More tourism promotion publications will be published in Vietnamese, English and Japanese languages​​ .-VNA