The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) presented a gift and an insignia to Chinese visitor Zhu Ying, the five-millionth foreign visitor of Vietnam this year, who descended at Noi Bai National Airport on the evening of Dec. 24.

She was also offered a package tour of Hue-Da Nang-Hoi An for two people by the Vietnam-Hanoi Tourism Company.

VNAT General Director Nguyen Van Tuan described it as an important event of the tourism sector, affirming the position of Vietnam on the world’s tourism map.

The tourism sector also presented gifts and insignias to two other Chinese tourists, who were the 4,999,999th and 5,000,001st visitor to Vietnam.

The year 2010 is the first year that Vietnam set a record growth of foreign tourists with an increase of 1.2 million people from last year.

The year also sees the highest number of foreign arrivals to Vietnam over the past 20 years.

The achievements were attributable to tourism promotion campaigns launched in 2009 and 2010./.