Tourists flock to Vietnam after free visa scheme

Tourist numbers in Vietnam are on the rise after it waived visa costs for five European countries to try counter a fall in visitors.

Vietnam began waiving visas for German, French, British, Italian and Spanish visitors on July 1, with an allowed 15-day stay for each entry.

It has welcomed 664,985 international vacationers this month, a 12 percent increase from a month earlier, and 7.5 percent from August 2014, according to the General Statistics Office.

This is the second straight month the Southeast Asian country posted a rise in international tourist numbers. The figure had earlier dropped for a 13-month stretch from May 2014, reported Tuoi Tre.

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