The number of foreign tourists taking tours in Vietnam last month which saw the first day of the lunar New Year (Tet), the longest and most important annual festival in Vietnam, increased by 20.8 percent compared to the same period last year, tourist companies report.

Nguyen Van Tuan, General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, said more than 722,300 foreign visitors arrived the country in the month, an increase of 7.5 percent compared to last December.

The country attracted more than 7.5 million foreign visitors last year, 10.6 percent more than the figure in 2012.

According to Tuan, the industry is hoping to attract more than 8.3 million foreign visitors this year.-VNA