Of the figure, over 3.1 million tourists are from Asia, an increase of 37.6 percent year-on-year. Notably, Vietnam enjoyed an increase in the number of tourists from key markets, including China (42.9 percent), the Republic of Korea (69.2 percent) and Japan (6.9 percent).

More European tourists came to Vietnam in the first three months of 2018.

Meanwhile, European arrivals rose by 15.4 percent in comparison with the same period last year with growth in tourists from Russia increasing by 15.8; U.K., 14.4 percent; France, 12 percent; Sweden, 9.8 percent; and the U.S., 11.5 percent against the same period last year.

Especially, the turnover from accommodation and food services in the first three months of this year was estimated at over VND128 trillion while that from travel services was at over VND 10 trillion, up by 30.3 percent year-on-year.

Russia is ranked the sixth in the number of tourists to Vietnam. Last year, Vietnam received over 574,000 Russian tourists, up by 32.3 percent against the previous year. Vietnam is hoped to welcome 1 million Russian tourists in 2020.

According to Ngo Hoai Chung, Deputy Head of the Vietnam National Tourism Administration, with the recorded number of international tourists to Vietnam in the first quarter of this year, Vietnam’s target of welcoming 16 million foreign tourists this year is very promising.

Translated by Chung Anh