According to official news agencies from Vietnam, the total number of foreign visitors to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in 2015 s estimated to have reached 4.7 million, fulfilling this year’s target and up 7 percent from 2014. The number was communicated by HCMC Municipal People’s Committee.
The number of domestic visitors is put at around 19.3 million, up 13 percent from last year. The tourism sector estimates its revenues for the year at US$4.22 billion, a growth of 10% over 2015.
The city focused on tourism promotion in media, particularly television, said Pham Huy Binh, Deputy Director of the city Department of Tourism .
Additionally, a wide range of promotion events have been organised throughout the year, such as Nguyen Hue Flower Street Festival, Tourism Day, Southern Cuisine Festival, Southern Fruit Festival, Long Dress Festival, Binh said.
The launch of the Nguyen Hue pedestrian street and the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe waterway tourism route also had an appeal effect as many visitors came to the city to see Vietnam’s largest pedestrian area.
In 2016, HCM City aims to receive 5.1 million foreign holiday makers and 21.8 million domestic ones. To fulfill this target, the city is offering incentives for investors in tourism while investing more in training personnel, developing infrastructure and connecting with other localities.