Foreign tourists visiting the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam). (Photo: CPV)

The number of foreign visitors continuously reaches more than 1 million a month from the beginning of the year.

In the six months, travelers from Asia made up 77.4% of the total, a year-on-year rise of 8.2%. Of this, major markets sending travelers to Vietnam saw growth: Taiwan-China (27%), the Republic of Korea (21.3%), and Japan (12.8%).

Tourists from Europe increased 5.5% from the same period last year with growth seen in most markets, except Finland (down 10.1%); including Russia (6%), the UK (4.4%), France (1.2%) and Germany (6.2%).

In 2019, the Vietnam tourism industry set target of welcoming 18 million foreign tourists and serving 85 domestic visitors.

Under the Politburo Resolution 08 on developing tourism into a spearhead economic sector, the tourism industry looks to attract 17-20 million foreign visitors and cater for 82 million local tourists, contribute over 10% of GDP./.