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
In this file photo, Vietnamese fishermen start their morning fishing in Ha Long bay in northern Quang Ninh province.   (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
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(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.)