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Despite tension, Chinese tourists resume visit to Vietnam
Publication Date : 03-06-2014
Vietnam is ensuring the security and safety of foreign tourists visiting the country, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ho Anh Tuan said yesterday.
At his working session with the northern province of Quang Ninh, the deputy minister said that Chinese tourists had, in recent days, resumed tours to Vietnam, mainly through the border gates in the northern provinces of Lang Son, Lao Cai and Quang Ninh.
According to Vice Chairwoman of the provincial People's Committee, Vu Thi Thu Thuy, Chinese tourists travelled through the Mong Cai international border gate on tours to the province and other localities organised by Chinese travel companies.
In 2013, the province catered to about 7.5 million visitors, including 2.6 million international guests.
In the first five months of the year, Quang Ninh greeted 1.2 million foreign visitors, of whom Chinese and Taiwanese tourists made up 38 per cent.
In May, East Sea tension triggered a sharp decrease in tourists from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.