Fourteen tour companies from Novosibirsk, Russia, travelled to Vietnam recently to survey tourist destinations in Phan Thiet, central province of Binh Thuan.

The companies checked out the quality of accommodation in Phan Thiet to prepare for the 2010-11 travelling season, said chairman of the Binh Thuan tourism association, Nguyen Van Khoa.

Russian visitors currently account for 30 percent of all foreign tourists to Binh Thuan province. In the first four months of the year, 832,000 visitors enjoyed Binh Thuan, including 130,000 foreign visitors./.