30 June 2017 - VGP – By Vien Nhu
Viet Nam ranks seventh among the world’s top 20 fastest growing travel destinations with a year-on-year increase of 24.6% in the number of foreign visitors in 2016, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
The UNWTO’s list is published based on the assessment of the increase in tourist arrivals.
Sierra Leone, a West African nation, tops the list with a 310% surge in overseas arrivals in 2016 (74,400 arrivals) against the previous year (24,000 arrivals), which was helped by the country being declared Ebola-free in November 2015.
Viet Nam (seventh place) ranks third among Asian countries, behind Nepal (second place, 39.7%) and the Republic of Korea (fourth place, 30.3%).
The UNWTO also revealed a list of ten nations that saw sharp declines in last year’s foreign arrivals, including Egypt, Afghanistan, Turkey, Papua New Guinea, Suriname, Palau, Haiti, Belgium, Aruba and Laos.
Earlier, Viet Nam was named in the world’s top tourist destinations several times, such as the top 10 cheapest countries to travel in 2016 (by The Richest, the United States), the top ideal countries for backpacking tourism in 2016 (by Rough Guides, the UK), and the top eco-friendly tourist destinations (by travel experts from Boundless Journeys and Adventure Life).
Source: VGP News
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