HCM CITY (VNS)— With 656,000 foreign arrivals in November, the total number of visitors to the country this year has risen to 6,036,000, the highest ever in a year.
The figure, 11.4 per cent up year-on-year, exceeds the previous record of 6,014,000 visitors last year, and is encouraging for Viet Nam's tourism industry amid the global economic turmoil.
The figure includes 3.6 million tourists, an increase of 9.4 per cent, 1.06 million coming for business, and nearly 1.05 million coming to visit relatives, according to figures from the General Statistics Office.
The numbers of international visitors has increased steadily from 3.58 million in 2006 to 4.24 million in 2008 and 5.05 million in 2010.
The 17.1 per cent growth in the number of visitors coming for business indicates an increasing interest in the country's business and investment environment.
The number of people coming to visit relatives grew 15.5 per cent. There are nearly 4 million ethnic Vietnamese living abroad and another 400,000 working around the world.
Including spending during these visits, remittances by Overseas Vietnamese are expected to amount to US$10-11 billion in 2012, exceeding the $9 billion remitted last year.
Spending by international visitors in 2012 is estimated at $6.7 billion, far in excess of the earlier record of $5.62 last year. — VNS