Over 2 mln tourists visit Vietnam capital during Tet

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Hanoi welcomed 2.08 million tourists, including 60,000 foreigners, during Tet, Vietnam's Lunar New Year festival, up 11 percent from the same period last year, Vietnam News Agency reported on Monday.

The figures were compiled during Vietnam's biggest national holiday, which officially ran from February 9-17, the news agency quoted the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism as saying.

It also said that tourists spent more time and money in the capital city compared to last year.

Meanwhile, Ho Chi Minh City saw an eight percent rise in international arrivals during Tet compared to the same period last year, Tuoi Tre quoted the city's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism as saying on Tuesday.

Around 4.17 million foreign tourists visited Vietnam last year, up 14.2 percent from the year before, while local tourism increased by 8.3 percent to 32.5 million domestic travelers, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).

Overall, tourism revenues rose 23 percent to reach VND160 trillion (US$7.59 billion), it said.

Vietnam aims to welcome 7.2 million international visitors and have its tourism industry rake in some VND190 trillion ($9.09 billion) this year, according to the VNAT. 

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