Vietnam welcomes first foreign visitors on first day of 2015

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Vietnam welcomes first foreign visitors on first day of 2015


Vietnam has received thousands of foreign visitors from across the continents who chose Vietnam as their destination on the first day of 2015.



More than 1,000 passengers on five flights of Vietnam Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Eva Airways to Ho Chi Minh City were warmly welcomed at a ceremony held at Tan Son Nhat international airport for first international tourists on the New Year Day.

The passengers were presented with Vietnam’s traditional conical hats and were invited to enjoy calligraphy performances and traditional melodies right at the airport.

Meanwhile, Hoi An city in the central province of Quang Nam presented flowers to 68 Polish visitors who are on a tour with Vietnam’s 365 Travel Company.

Sapa town in the northern province of Lao Cai is expected to greet more than 30,000 visitors this New Year holiday, an increase of 10-12% over the past year.

The tourists are offered an opportunity to discover the traditional cultural identities of ethic groups living there, such as folk songs of Dao people and marriage customs of Mong people.

Vietnam among top 5 countries to visit in 2015

Malaysia’s independent newspaper, Malay Mail Online, has delivered its rankings and suggestions for travellers for the coming year and cites Vietnam as one of the top five destinations that stand out from the crowd.

The newspaper reported that Vietnam has declared 2015 its national year of tourism, meaning that there has never been a better time to visit.

Special events and shows for tourists will be held at the country’s monuments and cultural heritage sites, such as the imperial fortress of Thang Long.

Danang, a city located between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, topped Tripadvisor’s list of the best destinations of 2015. With its Buddhist sanctuaries and beautiful beaches, the destination is winning over more and more members of the website’s travel community.

Rounding out the top five are Namibia, Panama and Nicaragua, Lithuania, and Mons, Belgium.  

Vietnam has set the target of welcoming 8.5 million foreigners and 41 million domestic visitors this year, grossing more than US$12 billion from the tourism sector.

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