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Vietnam enjoys a boost in foreign arrivals

Vietnam welcomed more than 5.47 million international arrivals in the first eight months of this year, up 12 percent over the same period last year, official figures showed.
A foreign visitor looks at handicraft items at a souvenir shop in Ho Chi Minh City.
A foreign visitor looks at handicraft items at a souvenir shop in Ho Chi Minh City.
In August alone, foreign arrivals reached nearly 619,000, up 9.5 percent from July, but down 8.6 percent compared to August 2013, data from the General Statistics Office revealed.
Despite recent territorial tensions between China and Vietnam, the number of Chinese tourists arrivals to Vietnam rose 17-percent year-on-year during the January-August period.
The domestic tourism sector also saw a boost with the number of overnight leisure trips in the country hitting 30 million between January and August, up 7 percent compared with the same period of last year.
The country’s tourism industry earned about VND160 trillion (US$7.6 billion) in the first eight months of 2014, a 20-perent year-on-year jump.