(Yicai Global) March 29 -- Data show China is the most important tourism market in Vietnam, the country's tourism agency said.
China's state-run Xinhua News Agency reported that the Vietnamese National Tourism Administration said in the capital Hanoi yesterday that more and more cooperation in the industry between Vietnam and China has achieved significant results, including Chinese companies providing charter flights to bring tourists to Vietnam, the two nations' airlines continuing to open new routes across the two countries and upping the frequency of flights.
Latest data released by Vietnam's tourism administration shows the number of tourists from China hit nearly 950,000 to date this year, up 63.5 annual percentage points. In March alone, this figure is expected to hit 297,000 passenger/trips, an increase of 39 percent.
In 2016, Vietnam received a total of 2.7 million Chinese tourist/trips, an increase of 51 percent. Between 2010 and 2016, the number of Chinese tourists visiting Vietnam increased about 20 percent annually.
From January to March this year, Vietnam is expected to receive 3.2 million international tourists, a rise of 29 percent. The National Tourism Administration attributes this in part to a series of tourism promotional activities carried out by the country since the start of the year, including participating in the 2017 ASEAN -- China Year of Tourism Cooperation.