Foreign visitors to Vietnam reach over 8 million

(VOVworld) - Foreign arrivals in Vietnam have reached over 8 million over the last ten months of 2016, a year-on-year increase of more than 25%, according to statistics released by the General Statistics Office (GSO).

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The Huc Bridge also known as the Morning Sunlight Bridge in Hanoi. (Photo: VOV)

Vietnam is expected to receive about 9.6 million foreign tourists. Visa exempted visitors from Western European countries – Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain – have increased remarkably. Vietnam is still imposing unilateral visa exemptions for those from Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Sweden.

To woo more foreigners from Northern Europe, a program will be held by the end of next month to highlight Vietnam’s tourism industry in these countries.

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Foreign tourists do sightseeing around Hue, the ancient capital of Imperial Vietnam, by ‘Xích lô’ or pedicabs. (Photo: VOV)

In January 2017, the Vietnam Administration of Tourism will invite travel agent delegations from four Northern European countries to conduct surveys on Vietnam’s tourism. In addition, e-visa and more visas on arrival will be available from the beginning of next year.

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