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Vietnam Foreign arrivals up in March

The number of foreign tourists to arrive in Viet Nam in March reached 473,000, lifting the total arrivals in the first quarter to 1.35 million, up 36.2 percent over the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

The number of visitors from Cambodia was reported to be the highest increase of 147.2 percent, followed by mainland China with a surge of 115 percent. Visitors from Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia also rose sharply between 22 percent and 37 percent.

Foreign tourists from Japan, France and Malaysia also rose significantly between 12 and 15 percent.

The ministry’s statistics showed that most foreign tourists arrived by air or road.

The ministry attributed the increase to the recovery of the world’s economy, especially in Asian countries, which are traditional markets to Viet Nam’s tourism industry. Read the full story

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