Data from the city Department of Tourism showed that more than 4.2 million international tourists touched down in the period, 10 percent up from a year ago. Its tourism revenues rose by 16.6 percent to VND73 trillion ($3.13 billion). Hanoi, which hosted the historic second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last February, received around 3.3 million visitors, up 10.6 percent. But revenues surged by 30 percent to VND50.2 trillion ($2.1 billion). Japan, South Korea, China, and the U.S. accounted for the largest number of visitors to Ho Chi Minh City as Vietnamese and foreign carriers raced to launch direct flights to the city. Vietjet Air plans to operate daily return flights between HCMC and Tokyo from July 12. The budget airline is also the first to fly non-stop from Saigon to Indonesia’s Bali. Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air and the country’s newest carrier Bamboo Airways are all planning to launch direct services from Vietnam to major U.S. West Coast cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco this year or early 2020. Foreign tourists take cyclo rides in downtown HCMC. Photo by Shutterstock/Hoang Phong. HCMC hopes to attract 8.5 million international visitors this year, 14 percent… Read full this story
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