Vietnam’s tourism sector has set a target of 7.2 million foreign visitors for 2013, and expects to serve 35 million domestic tourists - respective increases of 5.15 percent and 7.69 percent from last year.

The sector anticipates tourism will generate 190 trillion VND (9 billion USD) this year, up 18.75 percent from 2012.

According to Nguyen Manh Cuong, Deputy Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), if these targets are reached, Vietnam will go to the finish two years ahead of its previously set schedule.

The sector will increase tourism promotions inside and outside the country, and concentrate on eight key markets, namely China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, France and Russia.

Together with the national action programme on tourism and the 2013-2015 national tourism promotion programme, it will continue promoting the world heritage site of Ha Long Bay after it was officially recognised as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature of the World.

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