Close to 7.3 million foreign tourists visited Vietnam in the first five months of 2019, up 8.8 percent against the same period last year.
Vietnam expected international arrivals to reach 10 million in 2016, a landmark for the country, as the number of foreign tourists has surpassed 9 million so far this year.
Foreigners entering the country under visa waiver programs, e-visas or tourism visas after March 1 will be automatically given stay permit extension until June 30 free of charge.
Hanoi welcomed nearly 14.4 million visitors so far this year, up 9.5 percent over the same period last year, including more than 3.3 million foreign tourists, a year on year rise of 10.6 percent, reported the municipal Department of Tourism.
A policy extension will allow citizens of 46 countries to enter Vietnam for 30 days with e-visa until 2021.
A foreign tourist group called Keep Mui Ne Nice joined staff from local tourism facilities, organisations, and youngsters in Phan Thiet city in the south-central province of Binh Thuan to collect rubbish along Mui Ne beach on July 12.
Hanoi served more than 13 million tourists in the first five months of 2018, a year-on-year rise of 10 percent.
The number of foreign visitors arriving in Vietnam in April was estimated at 1.3 million, raising the total figure for the first four months of 2018 to 5.5 million, up 29.5% over the same period last year.
Thousands of domestic and foreign tourists flocked to Van Mieu (the Temple of Literature) and Quoc Tu Giam (the first university in Vietnam) in Hanoi on February 17.
Tourism managerial agencies and travel companies suggested measures to attract more foreign tourists to Vietnam at a meeting in Hanoi on August 3.