Foreign arrivals up 42.4% in November

Back in business: A staff member walking past a swimming pool inside the Vinpearl resort on Phu Quoc island as the island prepares for its first international tourists to arrive. — AFP

THE country welcomed over 15,000 foreign tourists in November, up 42.4% from October, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).

The rise is attributed to the government’s decision to allow a pilot programme to welcome back international tourists who join package tours via either charter flights or international commercial flights to designated places and tourism facilities in Phu Quoc (Kien Giang), Khanh Hoa, Quang Nam, Danang and Quang Ninh.

In the first 11 months of this year, the number of foreign tourist arrivals to Vietnam was 140,100, down 96.3% year-on-year.

Of the total, the number of visitors arriving by air accounted for 68.9%, down 96.9%; by road accounted for 30.7%, down 92.9%, and by sea made up 0.4%, down 99.7%.

General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) Nguyen Trung Khanh said the event to welcome the first group of international holidaymakers to Vietnam this month was an important step to gradually revive the tourism sector towards full reopening and economic development, after nearly two years of border closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In order to enhance the effectiveness of the “Live fully in Vietnam” campaign, VNAT is actively implementing activities to promote and stimulate tourism recovery, including promoting images, video clips and articles on both domestic and international communication channels. — Vietnam News/ANN

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