Less Chinese-speaking tourists head to Vietnam after sea tensions

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Foreign tourists at Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Photo credit: Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon


Vietnam continues to see a drop in the number of Chinese-speaking tourists two months after China illegally placed an oil rig in Vietnamese waters, Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon reported.
The General Statistics Office reported roughly 123,000 Chinese tourist arrivals in July, down 28.8 percent year-on-year.
That same month saw roughly 38,000 Taiwanese tourist arrivals, down 15.7 percent annually.
Tourist arrivals from Malaysia and Singapore also dropped by 36.2 percent and 8.6 percent, respectively, year-on-year.
Travel agencies in northern Quang Ninh Province and Da Nang City on the central coast, the two Vietnamese localities that typically see a large number of Chinese-speaking tourists, predicted that territorial disputes in May would continue to affect the tourism sector.
In July, the number of Chinese tourists to Da Nang did not increase, even after direct charter flights resumed after a two-month hiatus.
Tran Chi Cuong, deputy director of the municipal tourism department, told Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon that charter flights from China to Da Nang were expected to fully resume by the end of this year.

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