The number of foreign arrivals to the country in March reached over 1.4 million, down 11.2% over last month and up 5% compared to the same period last year, said Mr Chung.
According to the tourism official, there were diverse important events in the country in February, leading to a sharp increase in the number of foreign arrivals.
The number of international visitors to Vietnam in March has also experienced a surge of 5% against last year’s corresponding period, showing positive signs for Vietnam’s tourism industry this year.
In addition, in the first three months of the year, almost all tourism markets saw an upturn with Thai tourists recording the highest rise of 49.3%, followed by Taiwan (up 26%), the Philippines (up 24.8%), the Republic of Korea (up 24.1%), Indonesia (up 17.2%), Hong Kong (up 16.1%), Norway (up 12.9%), Switzerland (up 11.4%), Malaysia (up 11.1%) and Denmark (up 10.8%).
The number of domestic visitors in the reviewed period also hit 24.9 million while total revenue from tourism activities reached VND175 billion, up 8.35% against last year's same period.