HANOI, April 1 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam saw nearly 3.7 million international arrivals in the first quarter of this year, down 18.1 percent against the same period last year, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism on Wednesday.
Between January and March, nearly 2.7 million foreign visitors to Vietnam were from Asia, down 21.1 percent year-on-year. Tourists from the Americas, mainly the United States, and Oceania, mainly Australia, also saw sharp declines of 20.2 percent and 14.4 percent respectively from the same period of last year.
During the three-month period, Vietnam welcomed some 871,800 Chinese visitors, accounting for over 23 percent of the total international arrivals, the administration said.
Vietnam, which hosted a record number of over 18 million international arrivals last year, according to the administration, has set a target of welcoming 20.5 million foreign visitors this year.