HCMC – In a heartwarming New Year gesture, the HCMC Department of Tourism, in partnership with Tan Son Nhat International Airport Authority, organized a special welcome ceremony for the very first international visitors to HCMC in 2024. The first visitors were greeted with traditional artistic gifts crafted from coconut leaves, along with vouchers for healthcare services offered by local businesses. Last year saw a surge in international arrivals in HCMC, reaching a total of five million visitors, a 44.3% increase from the previous year. Local tourism also made a significant contribution with 35 million domestic guests. This year, HCMC eyes welcoming six million international visitors and 38 million domestic guests, and VND190,000 billion in tourism revenue.