HA NOI — More than 460,000 international tourists visited Viet Nam in July, up 12 per cent over June but down by 8 per cent compared with the same month last year, according to the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).
The latest arrivals have lifted the total number of foreign tourists to the country during the first seven months of this year to over 3.82 million, representing a year-on-year increase of 11 per cent.
The number of tourists arriving by sea saw the highest increase of 55 per cent, reaching 38,600, while air travellers which accounted for 84 per cent of the total figure rose by 11 per cent to 3.21 million and the number driving into the country also went up by 11 per cent at 578,000.
During the period, mainland China, South Korea, Japan, the US and Taiwan remained the leading markets for the Vietnamese tourism sector. Of which, tourists from Japan and South Korea experienced significant growth rates of 21 per cent and 38 per cent, respectively.
Visitors from overseas can now have value added tax (VAT) that they have paid on goods purchased in Viet Nam refunded.
The General Department of Customs has officially opened counters to refund VAT to visitors at Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat International Airports since July 1.
Refunding value added tax is one of the measures in Viet Nam's tourism development strategy between now and 2020.
It is hoped the move will encourage overseas visitors to spend more in Viet Nam, which will boost the sale of goods, promote the tourism sector and the country's culture as well.
Earlier, the domestic tourism sector set a target of attracting 6.5 million international arrivals, serving 32 million domestic visitors and earning VND150 trillion (US$7.14 billion) from tourism revenue for the whole year. — VNS