The number of European visitors rose by 12.9%, with remarkable growth seen in Italy (19.7%), Russia (13.4%), the UK (11.1%), France (8.6%) and Germany (8%).
Viet Nam also saw a rise of holidaymakers from Africa (22.5%), Americas (13.4%), and Oceania (12.6%).
In April alone, Viet Nam greeted over 1.34 million international vacationers, up 25.2% due to various activities in the month such as the Vietnam International Travel Mart and Vietnam’s Ethnic Culture Day in Hanoi, the tourism festival in Ho Chi Minh City, the Mon Asian Food Festival in Ha Noi and Quang Ninh Province, and the opening ceremony of the National Tourism Year 2018 in Quang Ninh.
Viet Nam marked a record of 12.9 million foreign visitors in 2017, a year-on-year increase of 29.1%. The country aims to serve more than 15.5 million foreigners in 2018.
Popular travel site Rough Guides ranked Viet Nam among the 20 most beautiful countries in the world in 2017. The site sings the praises of the astonishing rock formations in the UNESCO world heritage site Ha Long Bay and the endless beauty of terraced rice fields in the mystical mountain town of Sa Pa.
Viet Nam is also known for its stunning beaches, islands and cave systems including the world’s largest cave Son Doong in central Quang Binh Province.