US Is Vietnam's Top Source of Tourism Dollars

Americans spent $100M last year

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 17, 2013 5:34 PM CDT

(Newser) – US troops may have left Vietnam about 40 years ago, but US tourists continue to return in a big way. Americans spent $100 million in the country last year, making it the top source of tourist dollars for the nation, reports the Vietnam News Agency. South Korea ($82.6 million) and Australia ($82.1 million) were the next closest. Don't be surprised if Russia makes the top three next year: A separate report at VietnamNet says visits from Russians are booming—170,000 in the first seven months of the year, up 57% from last year. (It didn't have a dollar figure for comparison's sake.)

In this file photo, Vietnamese fishermen start their morning fishing in Ha Long bay in northern Quang Ninh province.
In this file photo, Vietnamese fishermen start their morning fishing in Ha Long bay in northern Quang Ninh province.   (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
A woman who sells foods and souvenirs to tourists on the water rows her boat in Tam Coc, about 60 miles from Hanoi.
A woman who sells foods and souvenirs to tourists on the water rows her boat in Tam Coc, about 60 miles from Hanoi.   (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)
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