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GSO reported this month, foreign arrivals to the country increased 11.8% compared to the previous month, in which foreigners visiting Vietnam by air rose 13% and by road soared 8.6% while those by sea decreased sharply 19.2% due to impacts of the sixth typhoon (Storm Nakri) hitting the central coastal region.

Over the past 11 months, Asian visitors accounted for 79.6% of the total foreign arrivals in Vietnam, up 18.2%.

Major markets sending tourists to the country witnessed upturn, including China (15.1%), the Republic of Korea (22.3%), Japan (15.4%), Taiwan-China (30.2%), Malaysia (12.9%), and Thailand (47.1%).

Meanwhile, downturn was seen some countries and territories, such as Laos (18.3%), Hong Kong-China (37.5%).

The number of European visitors rose 6.3%, while those from America were up 7.4%.

According to GSO, tourism revenue in the 11 months reached an estimated VND41.7 trillion, accounting for 0.9% of the total and increasing by 12.2% year on year because some localities with tourism strength carried out an array of promotion programs in foreign markets.

In 2019, Vietnam set target of welcoming 17.5-18 million foreign tourists./.