China has maintained its place as the biggest feeder market of Vietnam’s tourism in recent years, accounting for one third of all international visitors. More than four million Chinese visitors were welcomed last year, up 48.6 percent from the previous year. The surge in Chinese tourists has been a big boost for the local tourism sector because the visitors are also spending more in the country. Survey results released Tuesday by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, reveal the average daily spending by the Chinese increased from $118.6 in 2014 to $130 last year. Compared to other regional countries, the daily spending was below that of Chinese visitors in Thailand ($180), Indonesia ($183) and Singapore ($446). Tourism authorities are working hard to sustain the strong growth in the number of Chinese tourists. Many direct flights connecting Vietnamese major cities with China have been launched over the past years to cater to growing travel demand. Chinese visitors have been encouraged by a new policy that allows groups of travelers to visit the border province of Quang Ninh in northern Vietnam, home to the popular Ha Long Bay, for up to three days without a visa. The Vietnamese government has allowed Chinese nationals to… Read full this story
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