Thanh Nien News reported the new air-conditioned 63-seat buses will follow a 10.4 km route between Tan Son Nhat and the central bus station near Ben Thanh Market in District 1.

The fare for the new route has not been set. However it will more expensive than other public bus routes including the one connecting the international airport and the outlying district Binh Chanh, the report said.

The current route runs 15.4 km through Ben Thanh. Tickets for travel in the city cost between USD0.22 to USD0.44.

During the first eight months of this year, 2.83 million foreigners visited the city, a year-on-year increase of 5%. It earned USD2.76 billion from tourism activities during the period, up 4% year-on-year.

The city targets 4.7 million visits and USD4.21 billion this year.

Last year, the city welcomed 22 million tourists, including 4.4 million foreigners, earning more than USD3.9 billion in revenue.

Most tourists visiting the city come from the United States, Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, France and Singapore.

By Wanwisa Ngamsangchaikit - TTR Weekly - September 25, 2015