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Japanese tourists return to Vietnam after earthquake

07-04-2011 16:48 BJT

HANOI, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam travel company, Vietravel, will welcome three groups with nearly 700 Japanese tourists to visit Vietnam during July 4-6, marking the return of tourists from the country heavily affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

According to Nguyen Tam Dang, Director of Vietravel's Overseas Market Division, despite huge consequences from the earthquake and tsunami in March, Japan continues to be Vietnam's potential market with expected fast recovery especially from the third quarter of this year.

The Japanese tourists love to visit beauty sites in southern Ho Chi Minh City and provinces in the Mekong River Delta, Dang said.

In 2011, Japanese tourists to Vietnam are expected to increase between 15-20 percent against 2010, although the number decreased about 40 percent in March.

In June, the number of Japanese tourists registering to tour Vietnam have recovered to 70 to 80 percent of that of the same period last year, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism said.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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