The General Statistics Office reported that Vietnam welcomed more than 9 million foreign vacationers in the first seven months of 2018, a year-on-year rise of 25.4 percent.

In July alone, the country greeted nearly 1.2 million international tourists, a month-on-month increase of 0.5 percent.

Holidaymakers from Asian nations made up 77 percent of the total number of visitors to Vietnam, up 30.4 percent against the same month last year.

Meanwhile, the number of European tourists to Vietnam rose by 10.4 percent, most of them from Russia.

Vietnam also saw growth in the number of visitors from five western European countries which are exempted from visas for 15 days namely the UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy.

In 2018, Vietnam aims to serve 16 million international tourists. -VNA