18 million foreign tourists and thus earned about 17.5 billion dollars, the General Statistics Office (GSO) reported on Saturday.
Those figures set a record for all time and represent year-on-year increases of more than 16 percent in both cases, noted the GSO.
Asia was confirmed as the main issuing market of tourists with nearly four fifths of the total, despite a significant collapse of tourists from Hong Kong due to protests in that Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.
That decrease was offset by a notable growth in tourism from continental China (16 percent), Thailand (47), Taiwan (30), South Korea (22), Japan (15), and Malasya (13). Significant increases were also observed from Africa (12.2), the United States (7.7), and Europe (6.4).
Some days ago, the authorities of that sector announced that the goal for 2020 is to receive 20 million and a half foreign tourists and 90 million national tourists.
In addition to places of unique beauty, this nation has a solid touristic infrastructure. In terms of accommodation, there are more than 500,000 rooms, most of them distributed in 116 five-star, 259 four-star, and 488 three-star hotels.
By 2025, Vietnam expects to reach 32 million foreign and 130 national tourists, which would yield an income of 45 billion dollars, about a tenth of GDP.