Luxury cruise travellers to Vietnam

The French cruise ship Le Soleal set sail from Saigon port, Ho Chi Minh City, on February 6, finishing an eight-day voyage from Hai Phong City to the southern hub for 200 passengers. It was among a series of ships carrying passengers to Vietnam in the beginning of 2014.

The five-star liner from the French operator Compagnie du Ponant will return to the Saigon port on February 10 with more than 100 tourists. Another luxury ship named L’Austral from the operator will also arrive in the country in 2015.

Statistics from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism show that the country welcomed over 722,350 foreign arrivals in January, rising by 7.5 percent from December and 21 percent from the same period in 2013.

In 2014, the sector aims at an additional 800,000 foreign tourists, a year-on-year increase of 10 percent, and 37.5 million domestic visitors. It received nearly 7.6 million foreigners in 2013, up 10.6 percent from a year earlier.