Tuoi Tre News, 29 May 2015. Vietnam’s int’l tourist numbers down for 12th straight month.

An edited extract of the original article is reproduced below.

Vietnam’s international tourist arrival numbers dropped for the 12th consecutive month in May but the government said it needs more time to consider scrapping visa requirements for more countries.

More than 576,000 international tourists visited Vietnam this month, a 16.4 percent drop compared to May 2014, the General Statistics Office reported Thursday.

Total foreign tourist arrival numbers in the first five months of this year reached more than 3.27 million, another 12.6 percent decline from the same period last year.

Vietnam’s international tourist count has fallen for 12 months in a row despite complaints and calls for help from industry insiders.

Although there are several problems that discourage global vacationers from spending their holidays in Vietnam, the country’s visa requirements emerge as one of the most crucial issues…

The Vietnam Tourism Association (VITA) in Hanoi (last) Monday suggested that the government waive visas for vacationers from France, the UK, Germany, and Australia, which are always in the top ten of Vietnam’s largest sources of tourists…



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