Vietnam receives over 3.68 million foreign tourists in nine months hinh anh 1Tourists at Linh Ung Pagoda in Da Nang city (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
Vietnam welcomed more than 3.68 million foreign visitors in the first nine months of this year, a year-on-year slump of 67.4 percent, heard a press conference held by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Hanoi on October 14.

There were 37.5 million domestic tourists and 19.2 percent of them stayed overnight. In the period, earnings from tourism stood at 233 trillion VND (10.05 billion USD).

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism said for the sector to recover, it is planning a stimulus in the remaining months of the year focusing on safe and attractive domestic tourism.

Promotional packages and policies will be launched in this year’s last quarter and the next to attract holidaymakers. Some localities see an increase in bookings in November and December, such as Ha Long, Sa Pa, Da Lat, Da Nang and HCM City.

Also at the conference, the ministry said it has submitted a dossier to bring Dong Ho folk painting into UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding, and been working on another seeking recognition for Xoe Thai dance in the list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity./.