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Vietnam welcomes its first surge of foreign arrivals in 2016

first_imgOn the first day of the New Year 2016, hundreds of foreign tourists arrived in Vietnam, promising a busy season for the tourism industry in the Year of Monkey.On the outset of January 1, the southern hub of Ho Chi Minh City welcomed the first international delegation of over 500 visitors from Japan and China’s Taiwan. The city’s Department of Tourism in conjunction with the municipal Tourism Association (HTA) and the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines held a ceremony to welcome the first visitors.The foreign holidaymakers were greeted with Vietnamese tea and coffee at the Tan Son Nhat international airport and received numerous gifts such as ‘non la’ (palm-leaf conical hat) tea and coffee.Deputy Director of the Municipal Department of Tourism, La Quoc Khanh said the ceremony puts the first note for a series of events in the 2016 tourism festival, which also include an ‘ao dai’ (Vietnamese traditional dress) show, southern food and fruit festivals.He added that the ceremony was aimed at promoting the image of the city as an attractive, safe, and friendly destination for foreign tourists.Ho Chi Minh City welcomed nearly 4.6 million international vacationers in 2015, a year-on-year increase of 4.6%. In 2016, the southern hub strives to welcome 5.1 million foreign tourists and 21.8 domestic ones.The first day of the New Year also saw the central coastal city of Da Nang welcome the first 180 foreign visitors at the international airport.  The city served 4.6 million visitors during 2015, including over 1.2 million international tourists, exceeding the annual target by 8.7%. In 2016, it aims to welcome over 5.1 million visitors, including 1.32 million from abroad.last_img read more

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