ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Arrivals up 6% in Jan-Sept 2008
Vietnam welcomed 3.3 million foreign tourists in the first nine months of the year, a year-on-year increase of 5.9 percent, state news agency VNA reported, quoting data from the General Statistics Office.
Ho Chi Minh City alone received 2.2 million foreign arrivals in the reviewed period and is expecting to reach the target of 3 million by the end of this year.
Foreign holiday-makers mainly came from Singapore, China and Thailand with year-on-year growth rates of 21.5 percent, 21 percent and 18 percent, respectively.
The visitors have helped the city's hotel room occupancy average 70-80 per cent. During vacations, luxury hotels in major cities and tourism centres like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang and Da Nang often saw shortage of rooms for tourists.
According to the Vietnam Administration of Tourism, the achievements were attributed to the country's active promotion of tourism potential and organisations of cultural and art activities at tourist destinations.
The tourism sector plans to continue simplifying procedures of international travel registration and carry out tourism promotion activities to fulfill the target of receiving 5 million foreign tourists in this year.
Besides, the tourism sector will also invest in diversifying tourism products, upgrading infrastructure and improving skills for its staffs.