Last year, it happened: the number of international tourists who travelled to Vietnam crossed the magical ten million mark for the first time. The number of visitors to Vietnam has been growing for years, and last year saw an increase of 26 per cent. Ha van Sieu, Vice Chairman of the National Administration of Tourism, and Va Zhe Binh, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Association, reported this on Thursday at ITB Berlin.
More than a quarter of all visitors to Vietnam last year came from China, while Korea, Japan, the United States, and Taiwan were also important source markets. About 1.45 million visitors from Europe travelled to Vietnam, and European travellers made up 14.5 per cent of the total number of visitors. According to the country's tourism officials, this success story will continue in coming years: 11.5 million international guests are expected for 2017, and by 2020 that number should increase to 15 million.
The country's visa policy should also add to this growth. As of February 2017, citizens from forty different countries can get an electronic visa at www.immigration.gov.vn. Those with a British, German, French, Italian, or Spanish passport can travel the country even more comfortably, as citizens from these countries can enter without a visa since July 2015.
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