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Some 7.9 million travelers visited Vietnam in H1 2018

hanoi cyclo toursVietnam's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced successful travel statistics for the first half of 2018. International visitors to Vietnam in this period reached nearly 7.9 million arrivals, rising 27.2% over the same period last year.

Tourism revenue stood at 62.6 trillion Vietnamese dong (US$2.7 billion), up 15.7 percent on-year.

Domestic visitors were recorded about 42.8 million, total tourism receipts estimated VND312,000 billion, representing an increase of 22.5% over 2017.

Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) announced Annual Tourism Report 2017. According to the report, every foreign visitor to Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City spent, on average, US$145 per day.

Their accommodation spending was the largest expense (33 percent), followed by food and beverage services (20 percent), shopping (18 percent) and travelling (10 percent),

Overseas visitors who spent 4-7 days in the city accounted for 48 percent of all foreign visitors, while those who stayed 8-14 days made up 40 percent.

Sixty-nine percent of foreign tourists chose more flexible "free and easy" tours, while the remaining 31 percent joined group tours.

Last year, Ho Chi Minh City hosted nearly 6.4 million international arrivals and 24.9 million domestic visitors.

In 2018, Vietnam plans to receive 16-17 million foreign visitors and 78 million domestic travelers, and reap tourism revenues of US$27.5 billio.

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