The Hanoitimes - Vietnam welcomed more than 9.4 million international tourists in the first nine months of 2017, a year-on-year rise of 28.4 percent.
Meanwhile, the number of domestic visitors hit 57.9 million in January-September. The tourism sector grossed 376 trillion VND (16.54 billion USD) in revenue, up 26.5 percent against the same period last year.
More than 9.4 million foreign visitors to Vietnam in nine months.
In September, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) organized the first national tourism skill contest, aiming to honor tourism workers and share experience in the field.
The VNAT also launched promotion programmes in key markets such as the North European countries of Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden (from September 13 to 22); and the Japanese cities of Kanagawa, Tokyo, Sendai, and Nagoya (from September 15 to 23). It is promoting Vietnamese tourism in three Southeast Asian markets, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand from September 25 to 30.
Vietnam has also participated in major international fairs such as the JATA Tourism Expo in Tokyo, Japan, from September 21 to 24, and the Top Resa Tourism Trade Fair in Paris from September 26 to 29.
The country has defined Japan as a key market in tourism development plans. In recent years, Japan has been among the top three countries in terms of tourist arrivals to Vietnam.
In 2016, the country served about 74,000 Japanese tourists, up 10 percent from the previous year. As many as 518,028 Japanese visited the Southeast Asian nation in the first eight months of this year. Vietnam aims to serve 13 million international tourists in 2017.
In addition, more than 3,5 million foreign visitors to Hanoi in the first nine months. According to a report of Hanoi Department of Tourism, in the first 9 months of 2017, tourist arrivals reached an estimated 17,971,963, a year-on-year rise of 9%. Meanwhile, foreign tourists to Hanoi reached an estimated 3,536,143, a year-on-year rise of 23.5%. It is estimated that the average room occupancy in the first 9 months of 2017 is 59.71%, up 4.31% against the same period in 2016; average room rate is 1.06 million, average stay is 1.43 days.