The fact that Vietnam received a record five million foreign tourists and 28 million domestic visitors, earning 96 trillion VND, has been selected as one of the top ten tourism achievements in 2010.

The top ten list was announced by Nguyen Manh Cuong, Deputy Head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) at a Jan. 18 press briefing. The election is an annual activity carried out by VNAT’s “Du lich” (Tourism) newspaper.

Among the events were: a promotion programme named “Vietnam - your destination”, the 50 th anniversary of the birth of the tourism sector (1960-2010); National Tourism Year 2010 held in Hanoi and the programme “Strategy for Vietnam’s tourism development by 2020, with a vision for 2030”, projects to develop tourism in the 2011-2020 period and the campaign to promote Vietnam’s tourism in China, Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia and Western Europe.

Other outstanding highlights include the launch of a tourism television channel; a national seminar on the development of Vietnam’s tourism in the context of proactive international integration, the international seminar titled “Tourism - important momentum for socio-economic development”, a tour to plant a flag on Fansipan peak on the occasion of the 1,000 th anniversary of Thang Long Hanoi and the international tourism exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City./.