01/11/2010 | 16:24:57

Vietnam to receive 5 million foreign visitors

Vietnam expects to welcome 5 million visitors this year, up by 800,000 over the yearly target, according to the tourism sector.

In the first ten months of this year, almost 4.2 million foreign tourists arrived in Vietnam , up 39 percent over the same period last year, according to the General Statistics Office.

In October - the month of the 1000 th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi, the number of tourists arriving in Vietnam increased sharply with over 440,000, higher by 99.3 percent over the same period last year.

Tourists from Asian countries also rose rapidly, including China , the Republic of Korea and Japan .
Tourist numbers from ASEAN countries also increased strongly, by 97.2 percent from Cambodia , over 41 percent from Thailand and 28.4 percent from Malaysia./.

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