Vietnam recorded nearly 4.2 million foreign arrivals in the first seven months of this year, up 5.9 percent from the same period last year.

The figure included 658,000 arrivals in July, which represented a year-on-year increase of 28.5 percent, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.

Major tourist markets including China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Russia, and the UK all saw rises in the number of their visitors to Vietnam.

The rise in foreign arrivals in the past seven months sent out upbeat signs for the tourism sector to meet its set target of welcoming 7 million foreign visitors for the whole year.

In 2012, the sector served 6.85 million international visitors and 32.5 million domestic tourists, earning 160 trillion VND (7.6 billion USD).

The sector’s master development plan to 2020 with a vision to 2030, approved by the Prime Minister has set to make the tourism industry a key economic sector with high professionalism and modern and synchronous infrastructure.-VNA