Ho Chi Minh City received a record of over 1. 492 million foreign visitors in the first nine months of this year, up 36 percent against the same period last year, and 83 percent of this year's plan.
The figure included more than 1.18 million arrivals by air, a 25 percent increase.
The US continued to take the lead among the top ten markets of the city's tourism service. The others who follow include Japan, Taiwan, the Republic of Korea, Australia, France, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Canada. It is expected that in the coming period the numbers of tourists arriving in HCM City from potential markets, including ASEAN member countries and China, will increase sharply.
Nguyen Thi Lap Quoc, Director of HCM City's Tourism Service, attributed the increase of foreign arrivals to a series of policies and measures on tourism promotion such as exemption of entry visas for tourists from Japan, the Republic of Korea, Northern European countries and ASEAN member countries, and the opening of more cheap air routes.
Travel businesses are actively diversifying their tour programmes to meet tourists' increasing demands. They have promoted cooperation with other provinces and neighbouring countries to establish new tours that take place during traditional festivals and cultural activities.
In the past nines months, Vietnamese travelling to foreign countries also increased sharply.
The tourism service grossed a turnover of 9,636 billion VND in the past nine months, fulfilling 78 percent of the plan.