HANOI, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam has so far this year hosted over 11.3 million international arrivals, increasing 8.7 percent against the same period last year, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism on Thursday.
Between January and August, more than 8.8 million foreign visitors to Vietnam are from Asia, up 9.9 percent; nearly 1.5 million from Europe, up 5.3 percent; 676,000 from the Americas, mainly from the United States, up 6.2 percent; 296,000 from Oceania, mostly from Australia, down 1.5 percent; and 30,200 from Africa, up 8.3 percent.
Specifically, Vietnam received roughly 3.4 million Chinese visitors, or 29.8 percent of the total international arrivals in the eight-month period, said the administration.
Vietnam, which hosted roughly 15.5 million international arrivals, including nearly 5 million Chinese visitors, last year, expects to welcome 17.5-18 million foreign visitors and 85 million domestic travelers and to gain total tourism revenues of about 700 trillion Vietnamese dong (30.4 billion U.S. dollars) this year.
Vietnam is promoting tourism with advertisement programs in many countries, including Australia, China, Japan, Russia and the United States, said the administration.