The figures were released at a press conference held by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on April 12 in Hanoi to review the ministry’s activities in Q1 and map out tasks in Q2.

Foreign tourists visiting The Huc Bridge in Hanoi. Photo:

According to the ministry, domestic tourists reached 22.2 million while total earnings from tourism approximated VND 132 trillion (about USD 5.8 billion) in the first three months in 2017.

In Q1, the ministry proposed to the Prime Minister a list of 2017 national and special national relic sites and agreed to prepare documents to apply for World Heritage status for Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago.

Plans for the national sports event in 2018 and hosting the 31st Southeast Asian Games in 2021 were drawn up, it said.

Other issues such as zero VND tours and kayaking on Ha Long Bay were also discussed during the conference.

Translated by Song Anh