The tourism sector posted the highest ever increase of 15 percent year-on-year to 230 trillion VND (10.9 billion US D) in revenue despite an array of difficulties in 2014.

So far this year, Vietnam welcomed 37.5 million domestic and 8 million international tourists, respective rises of 7.14 percent and 5.64 percent on an annual basis.

The results were attributed to the sector’s efforts to expand key tourism markets and stimulate domestic tourism demand, heard a press conference on selecting the top 10 culture, sports and tourism events of the year held in Hanoi on December 25.

Vietnam is home to 22 world heritage recognised by the UNESCO, including two natural heritage sites (Ha Long Bay and Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park); five cultural heritage (the Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, the Citadel of the Ho Dynasty, the Complex of Hue Monuments, Hoi An Ancient Town, My Son Sanctuary), and one mixed heritage (Trang An Landscape Complex).

The country also boasts nine cultural practices winning UNESCO’s intangible heritage status, namely Hue's royal court music, Gong space culture in Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands), the northern province of Bac Ninh's love duet singing, the Giong festival, Ca Tru ceremonial singing, Xoan singing, Don Ca Tai Tu music, the worship of Hung Kings, and the Nghe Tinh Vi-Giam folk singing.-VNA