Chinese tourists visit the Po Nagar Cham Towers in Nha Trang, Vietnam. Photo: Petrotimes.vn
Around 264,000 Chinese people went to Vietnam on vacations in July, bringing the total number of tourists from that country to 1.47 million in the first seven months of this year, data of the General Statistics Office (GSO
The number of Chinese visitors increased 54.5% year-on-year in the seven-month period.
Vietnam welcomed 5.55 million overseas tourists in the period, rising 24% from a year earlier. Of the amount, China accounted for 26.4%, South Korea 15.5% and Japan 7.4%.
Nguyen Van Tuan, head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, earlier this week that cited some local press reports as saying a number of Chinese tourist groups canceled tours to Vietnam due to discrimination after some visitors from that country had offensive behaviors toward locals.
“All international visitors are welcomed in Vietnam. Chinese-speaking tourists form an important market and they should not be discriminated,” Tuan noted.