Foreign tourists visit Hoi An ancient town in Quang Nam province (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The number of foreign tourists to Vietnam during January-November is estimated at 14.2 million, up 21.3 percent against the same period last year, the General Statistics Office said on November 29.

In this period, the number of foreigners visiting Vietnam by air and road rose by 15.3 percent and 64.4 percent, respectively, while that by sea went down 11.3 percent year-on-year due to impacts of storms Toraji and Usagi.

Tourists from Asia accounted for 77.8 percent of the total, and rose by 25.3 percent against the same period of 2017. Almost all main markets enjoyed growth, including the Republic of Korea by 46.5 percent, China up by 26.9 percent, China’s Taiwan by 15.6 percent, Thailand by 14.3 percent, Malaysia by 13.4 percent, and Japan by 3.7 percent.

The numbers of holiday-makers from Europe increased by 8.7 percent year-on-year; the Americas, by 11.4 percent; Oceania, by 19.7 percent; and Africa, by 19.7 percent.

Vietnam is striving to receive 15-16 million foreign visitors this year.

In November, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has carried out tourism promotion activities abroad, notably at the World Travel Mart 2018 held in London, the UK in earlier this month.

At present, the tourism sector is preparing for the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019 scheduled to take place in the northeastern province of Quang Ninh from January 14-19 under the theme “ASEAN: The Power of One”.

Hosting the forum will offer a chance for the country to advertise its tourism in the region and the world.-VNA