Official: Foreign arrivals may reach 13 million this year

Foreign arrivals to Viet Nam rose 30.2% to 6.2 million in the first six months and the figure is likely to reach 13 million this year.

This is impressive growth thanks to a series of policies adopted by the Party and State, said Nguyen Van Tuan, Director-General of the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism.

In early 2017, the Politburo issued Resolution 08-NQ/TW with an aim to develop tourism into a spearhead economic industry, which is expected to give a strong boost to tourism advancement.

In June this year, the National Assembly approved amendments to the Law on Tourism, in a bid to create breakthroughs in facilitating tourism development.

Viet Nam also hosted an APEC high-level dialogue on sustainable tourism development initiated by the country to contribute to the common efforts of the international community to foster sustainable tourism development.

In the viewed period, the tourism sector focused on improving the quality of tourism services while many new key tourism and infrastructure projects have been launched across the country.

In addition, the Vietnamese Government began deploying e-visa program since February this year for citizens from 40 countries with initial positive outcomes.

The Government has also extended visa exemption for citizens from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Belarus until June 30, 2018, thus tourist inflows from these markets increased by around 20%./.

Source: Online Newspaper of the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam