Vietnam welcomes over 1 million foreign visitors in January hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam welcomed more than 1 million foreign visitors in the first month of 2017, representing rises of 12.3 percent compared to the previous month and 26 percent year-on-year.

 According to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, the flow of tourists from almost markets witnessed an increase, with China topping the list (up 67.9 percent).

It was followed by Laos (up 41.7 percent), Russia (36.5 percent), Belgium (27.6 percent), Sweden (27.3 percent), Spain (27.2 percent), the Netherlands (24 percent), New Zealand (20.8 percent) and Finland (18 percent).

Meanwhile, the number of domestic holidaymakers reached 5.7 million in January. Total earnings from tourism services hit 38.6 trillion VND (1.7 billion USD), representing an increase of 28.5 percent year-on-year.

Vietnam’s tourism sector expects to welcome 11.5 million international visitors and served 66 million domestic holidaymakers in 2017, raking in 460 trillion VND (20.3 billion USD).

The sector also aims to receive from 17-20 million international tourists and serve 82 million domestic visitors by 2020, contributing 10 percent to the gross domestic product (GDP). Its revenue from tourism is expected to reach 35 billion USD.-VNA