Foreign arrivals see slowdown in eight months

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Foreign arrivals see slowdown in eight months

HCMC – The tourism sector welcomed over 3.96 million foreign visitors in the January-August period, rising by 18.4% year on year, but the growth rate is lower than that of 35.2% in the same period last year.

Foreign arrivals see slowdown in eight months

By Dao Loan - The Saigon Times Daily

Foreign tourists visit Notre Dame Cathedral in HCMC - Photo: Dao Loan HCMC – The tourism sector welcomed over 3.96 million foreign visitors in the January-August period, rising by 18.4% year on year, but the growth rate is lower than that of 35.2% in the same period last year.

According to the General Statistics Office, arrivals from China saw a year-on-year growth rate of 47.8%. The growth rate for arrivals from South Korea was 4.5%, the U.S. some 7.1%, Japan 10.5% and Cambodia 67.3%.

Cambodia has recently surpassed Taiwan and Australia to become the fifth largest visitor-generating market for Vietnam’s tourism.

The neighboring countries China and Cambodia are responsible for one-third of the total number of international visitors at the moment with 1.16 million arrivals.

HCMC, the biggest tourism center of the nation, recorded a lower growth in foreign tourists compared to the whole country. According to the city’s Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism, HCMC has welcomed 2.12 million international visitors as of August, increasing by 10% against the same period in 2010.

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