Vietnam welcomed 756,000 foreign arrivals in February, up 7.9 percent from the previous month, announced the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) on February 27.

The figures pushed the total number of foreign visitors to Vietnam in the first two months of 2015 to 1.456 million, an annual drop of 10 percent.

In the first two months of 2015, as many as 1.172 million visitors flew to Vietnam while 13,904 reached the country by sea and 270,072 by road, according to the VNAT.

An increase was seen in the number of visitors from Finland from the same period last year, growing by 59.2 percent. Visitors from the Republic of Korea grew by 55.1 percent, New Zealand by 44.4 percent, Italy by 44 percent, and Spain by 31.7 percent.

However, a decline was recorded in the number of tourists from a number of markets, especially Hong Kong (China) and China, with 51 percent and 40.3 percent respective decreases.

The VNAT also reported 12.5 million domestic tourists in the period and total tourism earnings of 67.79 billion VND (3.38 million USD), up 6.6 percent annually.-VNA