A market in Taiwan (China) (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam welcomed more than 616,000 Taiwanese tourists in 2017, a year-on-year rise of 121.5 percent, according to the National Administration of Tourism.

The number is expected to hit 800,000 in 2018, Cong Thuong (Industry and Trade) newspaper reported.

Meanwhile, more than 380,000 Vietnamese tourists visited Taiwan (China) in 2017, up 94.94 percent year-on-year.

The Taiwanese tourism sector aims to serve some 700,000 Vietnamese holidaymakers in 2018.

The outcomes are attributable to cultural similarities shared by the two destinations, diverse landscapes and cooperation between travel firms of both sides.

Besides, since a memorandum of understanding on tourism was signed between Vietnam and Taiwan in 2012, Taiwan has issued favourable visa policies to the Southeast Asian nation.

Taiwan is famous for Ali mountain (Alishan), Sun Moon lake, Orchid Island (Lanyu) and the National Palace Museum, together with its culture and cuisine.-VNA