VN welcomes nearly 8 million int’l guests in 2014

07:53 | 29/12/2014

VGP – The number of international visitors to Viet Nam was estimated at over 7.8 million, representing a year-on-year surge of 4%, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).

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The GSO also reported that in December, Viet Nam welcomed over 657,300 foreign guests, seeing a month-on-month growth of 8%. The organization of various large-scale cultural and gastronomy events in famous tourism centres was attributed to the big surge.

Over 4.7 million foreigners came to the country for tourism and convalescence, up 2.6% against last year.

Meanwhile, more than 1.32 million people arrived in Viet Nam for business (up 4.3%); 1.34 million others for visiting relatives (up 6.9%).

As many as 6.22 million foreigners travelled by air (up 4%); 47,600 people by sea (down 75.4%); and over 1.6 million on road (up 14.8%).

The number of Asian guests was over 5.3 million, posting a year-on-year growth of 4.5% of which those from the Republic of Korea was 848,000 (up 13.3%); Japan 648,000 (up 7.3%); Cambodia 404,200 (up 18.1%); and Laos 136,600 (up 11.2%).

European guests numbered over 1.19 million, posting a big surge of 14.6%./.

By Khanh Phuong