HANOI, 1 February 2016: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism estimates the country welcomed 805,072 international travellers in January, this year, representing an increase of 12.3% over the same month last year.

South Korea was the top supply market with 149,330 visits improving 28.2%. Other top performers were China, Japan, the United States and Russia.

Thailand’s outbound trips to Vietnam registered ninth of the top 10 markets, recording 24,863 trips, up 30.9%.

inside no 4Neighbouring Cambodia slipped off the top 10 list posting 13,355 trips down 55.4%.

Outside the Asia/Pacific region significant markets include US (fourth), Russia (fifth) and the United Kingdom (10th).

The bulk of arrivals in January (659,394) passed through the two main aviation gateways Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

VNAT updated its data on its website, late last week, sourced from the government statistics office.

This year, VNAT targets 8.5 million foreign visits compared to 7.9 million last year.

VNAT general director, Nguyen Van Tuan, said that tourism should grow by two digits in the first quarter this year.

Top 10 main markets for Vietnam tourism January 2016inside-no-41