Two months after readers of Conde Nast Traveler elevated five Vietnam hotels to its coveted list in the Readers Choice Awards, four hotels have won additional favor on the magazine’s Gold List.
The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Life Heritage Resort Hoi an, Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses and the Park Hyatt Saigon all won inclusion on the vaunted list, which was released with the January issue of the magazine. All four of these properties were recipients of Readers’ Choice Awards.
The Metropole was praised for its charm and city center location. Life Resort was lauded for its modern townhouses and river views. The Evason won for its “Southern California meets Cabo vibe” and the Park Hyatt for its French colonial style rooms.
While Vietnam managed to put four hotels onto the list, five Cambodia hotels, all in Siem Reap, won spots on the list. There were 10 hotels in Thailand on the list.
The Gold List is compiled using data collected during Conde Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Survey. The scores are given based on the percentage of readers who rate each property feature (location, service, design, food, rooms and activities) as excellent or very good. A minimum number of responses is required to qualify for inclusion.
Hilton signs new danang hotel
Hilton Worldwide has announced the signing of a management agreement with local property developer, Bach Dang Hotel Complex Trading Service Company, for a new Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Danang City in central Vietnam.
Already under construction, the 226-room, new-build Hilton Danang will be located in Danang City, a major port city in central Vietnam and the third largest city in the country. Located on the East Coast of Vietnam on Bien Dong (the South China Sea), Danang serves as a vital trade hub in the region and is a thriving commercial centre. The six main industrial parks in greater Danang house over 4,200 industrial companies. Danang is considered a strategic gateway city to Central Vietnam and also to other important Asian cities as the city has direct international routes to such key cities as Bangkok; Singapore; Seoul, Korea; and Osaka, Japan.
The new hotel is the second Hilton hotel in Vietnam
, joining the highly successful Hilton Hanoi Opera. The opening will further strengthen the Hilton Worldwide portfolio in Vietnam
“Our growth across the Asia Pacific region continues at an historic pace. The signing of this management agreement for the new-build, 226 room Hilton Danang marks the continuation of the expansion of the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand in Vietnam, now a key growth target market for us,” said Dave Horton, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts. “Danang is a thriving industrial city and an increasingly important tourism destination. Hilton Danang will appeal to both leisure and business travellers alike and we are looking forward to bringing the refreshing hospitality we are known for throughout the world to Danang City.”
Hilton Danang will be close to popular tourist attractions such as the renowned Non Nuoc Beach and Marble Mountain. Danang is also handy to the neighbouring ancient cities of Hue and Hoi an, both popular tourist destinations due to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites found in both cities.
The hotel will form part of a large, mixed-use development. The first tower will comprise a 25-story Hilton hotel and there will be a second tower featuring office and retail space as well as serviced apartments.
Hilton Danang will have 226 guest rooms including an executive floor. The hotel will also feature an array of food and beverage outlets including a stylish all–day, dining restaurant, a lobby lounge featuring a café and a destination bar. Leisure facilities will include an outdoor swimming pool, a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art health club and a spa. The hotel’s meeting and banquet facilities include six meeting rooms and a 450-sqm ballroom, all featuring the very latest technology, making the hotel the perfect venue for meetings and events.
“Danang City is an increasingly important leisure and business destination and there has been a sharp increase in demand in recent years for high quality, upscale, internationally-branded hotels in the city. In seeking a hotel partner for this development, we wanted to work with a leading global hotel brand that shares our desire to provide world-class hotel facilities and service. We determined that Hilton was the perfect fit for us. We are delighted to be working together on the new Hilton Danang, and look forward to a long, mutually beneficial partnership,” said Than Ha Nhat Thong, Chairman, Bach Dang Hotel Complex Trading Service Company.
Besides Furama resort danang, The Furama Hotels and Resorts International has announced its agreement with Saigon Ho Coc Company to manage a resort in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
The Furama Resort Ho Coc in Bung Rieng Commune, Xuyen Moc District, around 130 kilometres from HCMC is under construction and scheduled for operation next year.
With 567 units, 4 villas, 9 bungalows the resort will be run as a “condotel”, so Furama will sublet these properties when the owners are away.
The resort is part of the 30-hectare Saigon-Binh Chau-Ho Coc resort project of the Saigon-Binh Chau-Ho Coc Tourism Joint Stock Company that once planned to join hands with a partner to invest VND600 billion to build the five-star Sea Star Suite Saigon Hococ on 2.4 hectares.
The developers expected to build 573 hotel rooms and apartments of 40 to 80 square meters to serve over 1,000 international tourists or MICE (meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition) tourists.
Dao Huu Loan, general director of the Saigon-Binh Chau-Ho Coc Tourism Joint Stock Company, told the Daily on Wednesday the company had transferred the 2.4-hectare site to the Saigon Ho Coc Company for the new project.
“The land is our investment contribution to a company that will develop the resort,” he said.
According to him, the company is building new accommodations and tourism services in the remaining area of the Saigon-Binh Chau-Ho Coc resort. More than VND400 billion will be spent on new works such as 80 five-star hotel rooms, international standard meeting rooms, swimming pool and other facilities.
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By Dat Tien in HCMC
|Guests take food at the Palace Saigon Hotel in HCMC’s District 1 last Christmas Photo: Courtesy of Saigontourist
Many hotels, restaurants and resorts under Saigontourist Holding Company will hold gastronomic parties to welcome Christmas and New Year
Palace Saigon Hotel (56-66 Nguyen Hue Blvd., Dist. 1, HCMC. Tel: 08.38292860)
The Christmas party, called “Angels’ Dances,” will take place at the ballroom (on the sixth floor) from 7:30-11:30 on the night of December 24. The program includes a masquerade, display of smoke and snow in the colorful laser light, and performances of a jazz band, singers and a children’s chorus. At the party, guests will enjoy European and Asian dishes coupled with wine; they will also dance as well as get masquerade prizes at the end of the party. Guests will each have to pay US$55++ to join the party.
Apart from the Christmas party, the New Year buffet party will also be held at the hotel’s ballroom on the night of December 31, from 7:30-11:30. The party goes with more than 50 European and Asian seafood dishes, wines, liquors and draft beer. It is accompanied with music and comedy shows. Guests can dance together with Philippine singers and are given prizes at the end of the party. Each diner is charged US$50++.
Bong Sen Hotel (117-123 Dong Khoi St., Dist. 1, HCMC. Tel: 08.38291516)
On the nights of December 24, 25 and 31, the Buffet Ganh Restaurant of the hotel will hold Christmas and New Year parties with its traditional European and Asian dishes such as salmon paste, shrimp with bean sauce and grilled seafood. In particular, dishes from black Mong chicken are served for the first time. A glass of cocktail is given free to each diner. The party goes with violin and guitare melodies and a magic show. In particular, on the night of December 31, guests can join a lucky draw.
The parties will run from 6:00-10:00 p.m., with ticket prices of VND600,000 (US$30) for an adult and VND300,000 (US$15) for a child.
Lemongrass Restaurant (Floor 14, Palace Saigon Hotel, 56-66 Nguyen Hue Blvd., Dist. 1, HCMC. Tel: 08.38291520)
On the nights of December 24 and 31, Lemongrass Restaurant will hold Christmas and New Year parties with special dishes such as shrimp and cashew nut salad, grilled sheep ribs with mustard, and spaghetti with shrimps and lemongrass-chilli sauce. Desserts include fresh fruits flavored with chocolate and ice cream of four colors.
The parties runs from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Ticket prices are VND680,000++ for adults and VND380,000++ for children. A 10% discount is given to those who buy a ticket before December 15. A 10% discount and one ticket are given to those who buy 10 tickets before December 15.
Vietnam House Restaurant (93-95 Dong Khoi St., Dist. 1, HCMC. Tel: 08.38291623)
On the occasion of Christmas and the New Year of 2011, Vietnam House Restaurant serves its special set menu with six dishes from December 23, 2010-January 1, 2011. These dishes are shark fin soup, basa catfish fillets spiced with salt and chilli, grilled pepper-spiced lobster, crispy half-burnt rice with coconut milk, cauliflower sautéed with beef and steamed banana cake with coconut flesh juice. Customers will be offered one glass of cocktail free. A set menu is priced at VND890,000++.
Saigon Quy Nhon Hotel (24 Nguyen Hue St., Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province. Tel: 056.3829922)
Ghenh Rang Resort (Han Mac Tu St., Quy Hoa Slope, Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province. Tel: 056.2241119)
Christmas and New Year will be celebrated at Seaview Restaurant (on the eighth floor of Saigon-Quy Nhon Hotel) and Hoang Hau Restaurant of Ghenh Rang Resort from 6 p.m. of December 24 and December 31.
At Seaview, buffets with more than 40 European and Asian dishes go with music and magic shows, and lucky draws. Ticket prices are VND239,000 for adults and VND139,000 for children.
Meanwhile, Hoang Hau holds barbecues with more than 40 dishes and free drinks. The events are accompanied with music and magic shows and conclude with a lucky draw. Ticket prices are VND209,000 for adults and VND119,000 for children.
Santa Claus talks with children and gives them Christmas presents at the two places. At Saigon-Quy Nhon Hotel, guests will also have the opportunity to take photos of impressive designs and decorations set for the festive season.
Yasaka-Saigon-Nha Trang Hotel (18 Tran Phu St., Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province)
Yasaka Saigon Nha Trang Hotel will hold a Christmas night for its guests and locals from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on December 24. The program consists of a party with traditional dishes, a music show with Christmas songs and dances, studying Christmas customs, and playing with Santa Claus and Princess Snow.
In addition, the hotel will celebrate the New Year by a dinner with delicious dishes on December 31. The meal goes with a music show, a masquerade dance and a performance of its bartenders. By midnight, 2,011 balloons carrying best wishes are released from the top floor of the hotel and guests count down the last seconds of the year 2010, propose a toast to each other to welcome the new year and dance together. The dinner party begins at 9:30 p.m. on the second floor.
First Hotel (18 Hoang Viet St., Tan Binh Dist., HCMC. Tel: 08.38441199)
From December 23-25, Santa Claus and Snow White will join guests in the Christmas Eve. Children are given gifts by Santa Claus. On the nights of December 24 and 25, a music show takes place at the hotel’s restaurant. In particular, on the night of January 1, 2011, diners welcome the first moment of the New Year while enjoying champagne in a music show.
Binh Quoi 2 Tourist Village (Binh Quoi St., Binh Thanh Dist., HCMC. Tel: 08.35565470)
Buffets to welcome Christmas and the New Year 2011 will serve more than 60 seafood dishes from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Dinner buffets go with a variety show from 6-8 p.m.
Ticket prices are VND170,000 for adults and VND100,000 for children. A glass of Russian beer for every adult is complimentary.
From the tourist village, guests can also take a 50-minute boat tour of Thanh Da Peninsula. The tour costs an adult VND50,000 and a child VND30,000. One ticket is given for every five tickets bought.
Star 39 Hotel (39 Nguyen Van Ba St., Thu Duc Dist., HCMC. Tel: 08.37228438)
The Christmas Eve will run from 6-9 p.m., with a barbecue and games. Diners enjoy traditional Christmas dishes such as smoked turkey, grilled lamb rib, curried rabbit and Christmas cake. They are given a free glass of cocktail and can join a lucky draw. Children get gifts from Santa Claus.
Ticket prices are VND160,000 for adults and VND80,000 for children. One ticket is given free for every 10 tickets bought.
Saigon-Ninh Chu Hotel (Khanh Hai Town, Ninh Hai Dist., Ninh Thuan Province. Tel: 068.3876000)
To welcome Christmas and the New Year 2011, the hotel will hold a dancing festival. The preliminary round takes place on the night of December 24, with a buffet. The final round is held on the night of January 1, 2011, with a buffet by the swimming pool, a dancing show, a music show, and prizes to be presented to the best dancers.
The events cost adults US$15 and children US$10 to participate.
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The average room rate at three- to five-star hotels in ho chi minh has fallen by 10% this year to US$98 per night due to a strong increase in supply, the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said.
The city currently has 68 three- to five-star hotels with nearly 9,230 rooms, an increase of 13 hotels with nearly 1,200 rooms, including around 300 rooms at the five-star hotel InterContinental Asiana Saigon, the department said in a report.
Newcomers include three four-star hotels namely Oscar Saigon, Liberty Central and Norfolk hotel with 312 rooms, and nine three-star hotels with more than 580 rooms.
Some hotel operators in the city told the Daily that they had to slash room rates because the travel industry still had not fully recovered, especially in the beginning of the year.
“Our average room rate has fallen 5% this year despite higher costs. We will maintain our rate for next year,” said Tao Van Nghe, general director of the five-star Rex Hotel in downtown HCMC.
However, a sharp increase in international arrivals – growing 20% to 3.1 million this year to date – has brought about a positive outcome for hotels in the city, especially the occupancy rate.
According to the report, the average room occupancy has reached around 67%, up 12 percentage points compared to last year’s.
The department said HCMC would get around 800 new rooms at three- to four-star hotels next year, including new hotels and overhauled ones. The service quality at three-to five-star hotels in Ho chi minh can compare well with hotels of the same categories in the region.
Source: SaigonTimes Online
Condé Nast Traveler, one of the world’s most distinguished travel magazines, has elevated five Vietnamese hotels and resorts to top spots in its annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa in the central beach town of Nha Trang, Life Heritage Resort Hoi An and The Nam Hai (both in the historic town of Hoi An) took spots in the magazine’s top-20 list of the Best Resorts in Asia.
The 2010 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards ranked Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa 8th, followed up by Life Heritage Resort Hoi An while The Nam Hai took the 20th position.
The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi in the capital city and the Park Hyatt Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City each won top spots in the survey’s top 100 hotels in Asia, listing as 31st and 42nd respectively.
While readers voted three Vietnamese resorts onto the list, they also sang praises for five Balinese and five Thai resorts, respectively.
“Both Bali and Thailand have tremendous reputations as resort destinations,” said John Blanco, the new General Manager at The Nam Hai. “So for Vietnam to make this kind of impression on readers of such a distinguished travel magazine is remarkable indeed.”
The Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards polled 25,916 readers who rated resorts and hotels across five categories: food/dining, location, overall design, rooms and service.
Tourist numbers are recovering but Vietnam’s hospitality sector must be fully prepared for the more choosy tourist created by the financial crisis.
Pullman Hotel Vung Tau project
The performance of Vietnam hotels and resorts has begun to stabilise over the last few months as tourist arrivals increase and business visitors return. Total international arrivals in the first 10 months of 2010 stood at 4.2 million, an increase of 39.0 per cent over the same period last year. International and local investors have re-entered the hospitality market, with new projects being launched. “Better medium- and long-term investment opportunities are appearing in Vietnam due to its stunning coastal areas, beautiful mountains and highly-populated cities,” said Mr Robert McIntosh, Executive Director of CBRE Hotels. “By capitalising on this unexplored country, a number of projects have been successfully completed and launched over recent years, making Vietnam an underrated market for hospitality investment.”
Accor, the largest international hotel operator and management group in Vietnam, with 14 hotels at present, has successfully cooperated with local and foreign investors to expand their brand names in Vietnam, such as Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Novotel and Mercure. In Ho Chi Minh City, Accor have reached agreement with the investor, the Liberty Joint Stock Company, to manage the Novotel Saigon Center Hotel, which is being built on the site of the old Que Huong 1 Hotel, and construction of the Pullman Hotel will start in September on the site of the old Metropole Hotel in Tran Hung Dao Street, District 1. The Novotel Saigon Center Hotel, with 350 rooms, is to open in 2012, and Pullman Hotel in 2013.
The Westin Resort & Spa Cam Ranh
In Hanoi, Accor have also reached agreement to manage the Horison Hanoi Hotel, which will be renamed the Pullman Hotel in the middle of 2011. According to Mr Patrick Basset, Vice President for Operations for Vietnam, the Philippines, Japan and Korea at the Accor Group, within the next two years it will manage 12 more hotels in Vietnam, including two Ibis hotels in Ho Chi Minh City, a Pullman Hotel in Vung Tau, the Novotel Imperial Hoi An, and the Novotel Imperial Phu Quoc. With these new projects, Accor will be managing 2,000 more rooms, double the number now under its management in Vietnam.
Vietnam’s hospitality market is moving to a more complex stage. Both international and local investors have made changes in cooperative relations with leading hotel management groups around the world, to enhance international standards and services. Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide will manage Le Meridien Saigon, which received investment of $120 million from Phuoc Tien Ltd and the 990 Trading-Manufacturing-Services Company. The 357-room, five-star hotel will open in Quarter II, 2011. Another brand of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Westin, has also come to an agreement to manage The Westin Resort and Spa in Cam Ranh, Khanh Hoa province, which is invested by the Phat Dat Real Estate Company, when it opens in 2012. Fei Yueh Vietnam (Taiwan) also signed a contract with JAL-Hotels (Japan), to manage the Nikko Saigon Hotel, which is now under construction with investment capital of $100 million.
Nikko Saigon project
Mr Mauro Gasporotti, Manager of Hospitality Services at CBRE Vietnam, remarked that Vietnam’s hospitality business has been changed by the financial crisis, with clients now becoming more demanding as more options are made available. New projects either under construction or near completion will have to face fiercer competition and more sophisticated clients than in the past. Vietnam’s hospitality sector is clearly advancing to a point where the market is ready for the development of more refined products targeting more refined clients. He added that it is necessary to have a better mix of design, quality, prices and services made possible by clear, meticulous and more informed development planning; something rarely seen before in Vietnam.
The inbound tourism market in the short-to-medium term is still not clearly defined, as the client mix for city-based hotels and resorts continues to evolve. High unemployment rates in the US and Europe have had a detrimental effect on the number of westerners travelling to Southeast Asia. Conversely, the number of Chinese and Russian travellers to the continent appears to be increasing. “Looking at the short-term, the market suggests concentrating on developments and services tailored towards countries where visitor numbers are increasing,” said Mr McIntosh. “The focus will increasingly be on Asian demand.”
Significant demand is now also coming from Vietnamese travellers. “Vietnamese clients are not the same as they were a few years ago,” said Mr McIntosh. “They are more demanding, more conscious about value and services and better informed. Developers that simply replicate existing concepts will face many difficulties in a rapidly evolving market like Vietnam.” According to Mr Gasparotti, more accurate planning and preparation, including preliminary studies of target clients, the selection of an appropriate operator and reviews of existing investment strategies are keys to a successful hospitality project.
Source: VnEconomy News
Tourism and hospitality experts have identified Vietnam as one of the key growth markets in Asia given its healthy expansion of the economy, population and the number of internet and mobile phone users.
“It’s not all China and India… I would say Vietnam is another remarkable growth story,” Abacus International President and CEO Robert Bailey said in his opening speech in front of around 450 representatives of the industry at the opening of the 7th Abacus International Conference in HCMC.
At the international travel and hospitality event, Bailey placed Vietnam after China and India, which he said were the powerhouses of Asia and the key drivers for the regional travel industry because of their economic growth and population.
“Vietnam is taking off,” Patrick Basset, Accor vice president of operations for Vietnam, the Philippines, Japan and South Korea, told the Daily on the sidelines of the event before he joined a panel discussion on opportunities in Indochina on Thursday afternoon.
At the session, Basset and other panellists Hawkins Pham of Indochina Land and Le Quang Nghia of PTG Co. and BCD Travel agreed Vietnam was emerging as a destination of choice for travellers thanks to its beautiful beaches, more standard Vietnam hotels and resorts going up and simplified procedures for visitors.
Bailey said like the trend in China and India, Vietnam was experiencing a bourgeoning middle class with huge spending on travel and services, as well as a fast increase in the number of internet users.
“The internet is taking off here,” Bailey said, adding that the number of internet users in this country is forecast to reach 40 million by 2015. Vietnam also has a surprising number of mobile phone subscriptions and penetration.
The country is also investing heavily in airports in an effort to attract more international carriers and visitors.
Bailey said there would be 26 new airports by 2020 with combined investment capital of some US$13.2 billion. The pickup in passenger traffic and the growing economy will continue to create a strong source of travel expenditure for Vietnam.
“Tourism expenditure by 2014 is expected to be around US$8.2 billion (in Vietnam),” Bailey said.
Basset of Accor said in support of Bailey that more new airports would attract more planes and that Vietnam started behind Thailand and Malaysia in terms of tourism but the country had more phenomenal potential for future growth.
Basset said Vietnam would be able to attract around five million international visitors this year, from nearly 3.8 million last year. “The number of corporate travellers is increasing more and more as we see more global companies coming to open factories and find the opportunities for them.”
Basset said the increase in international travelers in Vietnam was based mostly on corporate and leisure segments, which account for about 80% of foreign visitors to Vietnam, and the rest are in this country for personal reasons.
Undulating white sand dunes all along the beautiful Doc Let Beach have made it a favorite in the central province of Khanh Hoa.
Visitors often choose to stay at highly popular Doc Let Resort, but winning the hearts and minds of increasing numbers of tourists in recent years is the White Sand Doc Let Resort & Spa, which opened in 2004.
Covering 12 hectares, the resort houses 54 bungalows with balconies opening to the sea, allowing you to sunbathe during the day, and watch the moon at night, not to mention the unforgettable early morning sunrise.
An added attraction at the resort is that it is virtually a botanical garden with many different kinds of trees and flowers. And willing to talk with you extensively about the flowers, from roses to daisies to orchids, are the resort’s owners – Chau Thi Thanh Truc and her husband, Hoang Van Hien. Both spend a lot of time taking care of the flowers and trees to make the resort an ideal destination for those who want to learn about the flora.
|From downtown Nha Trang, head north to Ninh Hoa District. At the 35th kilometer milestone, turn right to Doc Let. Another 10 kilometers and you are at the White Sand Doclet Resort & Spa.
Address: Dong Cat Hamlet, Ninh Hai Commune, Ninh Hoa District, Khanh Hoa Province
The absence of artificial decorations along the resort’s beach spanning more than a kilometer makes it a fond spot. The beach is decorated perfectly naturally and beautifully by the purple color of morning glory flowers (Ipomoea pescaprae) that grow wild at several spots.
As the sea is shallow – the water only reaches your head more than a 100 meters from the coast – even those who can’t swim can have a relaxing, fun time. When the tide is low, the sight of thousands upon thousands of sand crabs running across the beach is one of the special images that White Sand offers.
The resort also makes space for a seafood market where tourists can buy crabs, prawns and other items and then ask the sellers or the resort’s chefs to cook them. It is recommended that the seafood is steamed or grilled and eaten with pepper salt.
Tourists can rest assured that they are not paying exorbitant prices, because outside sellers are allowed to join the market for free on condition that they sell fresh food and at market prices.
The resort also has a spa, a bar with pool tables and a range of water sports for those looking for outdoor excitement.
(Reported by Khue Viet Truong, Thanhniennews.com)
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