JW Marriott Hanoi named Vietnam’s top ten 5-star hotels

Cruise tourism is contributing significantly to the tourism industry and economy of Vietnam. However, in the long run, Vietnam needs the correct strategy and investment for modern seaport system development to unlock its potential strength. Impressive figures According to the General Statistics Office (GSO), Vietnam's cruise tourism has developed rapidly, with more international visitors coming to Vietnam. In 2016, Vietnam welcomed more than 10 million international visitors, including 284,855 arrivals by sea, up 67.7 per cent over 2015. In the first six months of 2017, tourist arrivals from the sea reached 170,843, an increase of 26 per cent over the same period of 2016. These results, according to tourism experts, come from Vietnam's favourable natural conditions, with more than 3,200 kilometres of coastline, thousands of islands, diverse ecosystems and world-renowned bays like Ha Long Bay, Nha Trang Bay, Vinh Hy Bay and Lang Co Bay. In addition, Vietnam is favourably located between two of the largest cruise tourism centres of Hong Kong and Singapore - the major economic hubs that open the door for Vietnam to access other countries in the region and the world from the East Sea. In addition, to attract and serve an increasing number of cruise trvellers to Vietnam, relevant authorities and tourism businesses have adopted many reform ad investment policies in the past years. Specifically, it has opened Phu Quoc Island and Con Dao Island to foreign tourists, it has waivered visas for cruise tourists to Vietnam, and reduced port fees for…... [read more]

Vietnam’s hotel segment continues to attract a great deal of capital to serve the booming tourism sector. General manager of Pullman Saigon Central Tony Chisholm said that Accor Hotels has plans to increase its current footprint of 26 hotels to 40-45 hotels by the end of 2019, half of which will be situated in resort locations. “We are changing our strategy to attract middle-income Vietnamese into our hotels. With rising disposable incomes, Vietnamese are increasingly choosing upscale hotels to experience international service and quality. Local tourists are now our third-ranking market segment, something we never thought would be possible 10 years ago,” Chisholm said. Tao Quang Nghe, chairman of Odyssea Hospitality, said that there is a growing trend among domestic guests to stay at upscale local and international hotels. For example, Muong Thanh Group has attracted many Vietnamese guests to their premium hotels. In addition, Vietnam is striving to turn the tourism sector into an economic spearhead by attracting an estimated 20 million international tourists by 2020. More international hotel operators are expanding their presence in Vietnam, which is a positive sign for the development of tourism in the country. Last year, the Vietnamese tourism industry rode an all-time high wave, with a 26% year-on-year increase in total foreign visitor arrivals and an 18.4% rise in total revenue.  Localities nationwide welcomed 72 million domestic and international visitors, higher than the target of 68.5 million visitors set by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. To accommodate the increasing number of arrivals,…... [read more]

General manager of Pullman Saigon Central Tony Chisholm said that Accor Hotels has plans to increase its current footprint of 26 hotels to 40-45 hotels by the end of 2019, half of which will be situated in resort locations. “We are changing our strategy to attract middle-income Vietnamese into our hotels. With rising disposable incomes, Vietnamese are increasingly choosing upscale hotels to experience international service and quality. Local tourists are now our third-ranking market segment, something we never thought would be possible 10 years ago,” Chisholm said. Tao Quang Nghe, chairman of Odyssea Hospitality, said that there is a growing trend among domestic guests to stay at upscale local and international hotels. For example, Muong Thanh Group has attracted many Vietnamese guests to their premium hotels. In addition, Vietnam is striving to turn the tourism sector into an economic spearhead by attracting an estimated 20 million international tourists by 2020. More international hotel operators are expanding their presence in Vietnam, which is a positive sign for the development of tourism in the country. Last year, the Vietnamese tourism industry rode an all-time high wave, with a 26% year-on-year increase in total foreign visitor arrivals and an 18.4% rise in total revenue.  Localities nationwide welcomed 72 million domestic and international visitors, higher than the target of 68.5 million visitors set by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. To accommodate the increasing number of arrivals, new hotels have been popping up across…... [read more]

NDO – The 46th meeting of ASEAN National Tourism Organisations (NTOs) opened in the northern province of Vinh Phuc on July 24, gathering over 100 delegates, leaders and officials from ASEAN tourism authorities, the ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN Tourism Association. Speaking at the opening, head of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), Nguyen Van Tuan, affirmed that ASEAN holds great potential for tourism development. In 2016, the region recorded a record high of 113 million visitors, an increase of 7% compared to 2015. In 2016 Vietnam welcomed 10 million international visitors, an increase of 26%; in the first six months of 2017, the country has received 6.2 million arrivals, up 30% - an unprecedented growth in the number of international visitors to Vietnam. The ASEAN cooperation is especially important for tourism in Vietnam. Over the past few years, the ASEAN tourism markets have contributed approximately 15% of the total number of international tourists visiting Vietnam. Various ASEAN countries, such as Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, are among the top ten source markets, as well as important gateways for international visitors to Vietnam. However, regional tourism is facing a range of difficulties and challenges related to global climate change and policy-related barriers to tourism development, Tuan said, adding that to maintain the momentum in growth, as well as to further attract tourists to the region, ASEAN national tourism authorities should focus on tourism promotion, improving service quality, further investing in tourism infrastructure and diversifying products, including the introduction of new products…... [read more]

NDO – The 14th National Assembly passed the 2017 Law on Tourism (amended) at its third meeting on June 19, creating a clear legal corridor, driving force and favourable conditions for tourism development. Containing many new points, the Law on Tourism (amended) is expected to bring about positive effects, improving the quality and competitiveness in tourism activities in Vietnam. Developing tourism into a spearhead economic sector One of consistent points of view in the 2017 Law on Tourism is to consider tourists as the centre of all tourism activities. Many relevant contents, including regulations on the responsibility of People’s Committees at all levels and management boards of tourism destinations; business activities of organisations and individuals in the field of travel service; tourist accommodation and tour guides; and the business of other travel services, have been adjusted and supplemented in order to ensure the security, safety, and the legitimate rights and interests of tourists, as well as creating favourable conditions for visitors. Domestic tourism has developed rapidly over the course of the past few years, however, due to a lack of regulations on licensing, many organisations and individuals have not set up business, or have not announced when their business will commence, to the provincial tourism authorities. In addition, many travel enterprises have cut down on their programmes and services, as well as not ensuring the quality of their services, causing disorder and unfair competition. Therefore, in order to ensure the interests of domestic tourists, the 2017 Law…... [read more]

Chinese arrivals forecast to soar next year Dao Loan By Dao Loan - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - Chinese visitor arrivals have yet to fully recover but the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) is pinning high hopes that visitors from the northern neighbor could grow strongly next year as a result of major marketing and promotion programs. Nguyen Van Tuan, head of VNAT, said VNAT has high expectations from the biggest source market of Vietnam’s tourism sector after a number of marketing and promotion programs were held in China and meetings between travel companies of the two countries took place in late October. The programs were held in Beijing, Chongqing and Chengdu, according to Tuan. “These are the biggest promotion programs that we have ever organized in China. After a number of meetings with Chinese travel firms, we expect that there would be an upsurge in Chinese tourist arrivals in Vietnam, mostly by air,” Tuan told the Daily. Danang, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc and HCMC are among the destinations in Vietnam expected to woo large numbers of Chinese in the coming time. Nha Trang is regarded as one of the most attractive places to Chinese tourists. Currently, around ten flights take Chinese travelers to the central city a day. “The number of Chinese tourists will rise in the coming time,” Tuan said. More than 1.9 million Chinese tourists visited Vietnam last year, equivalent to one-fourth of the total number of international arrivals in Vietnam in the same year.…... [read more]

Present at the seminar were leaders from the Vietnam Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, ambassadors from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, representatives of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, and cultural and tourism managers and businesses from the four countries. The seminar and film were part of the National Action Tourism Programme, with the aim of strengthening tourism cooperation between Vietnam and neighbouring countries. Sin Chan Saya, head of the Cambodian Department of Cinematography and Cultural Diffusion under the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, said the film will focus on new, mysterious and attractive destinations in the four countries. It will be a good opportunity for the four countries to promote their tourism. The film will be completed in the first quarter of 2011.... [read more]

The event drew the participation of leaders from the Da Nang City People’s Committee, representatives of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and travel agents from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, all important partners of Vietnam Airlines, the national flag carrier of Vietnam. According to the carrier, like Bali (Indonesia) and Phuket (Thailand) that both attract a large number of tourists from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, Vietnam’s central region with its long beaches, blue sea and improved infrastructure is an ideal destination for tourists. Vietnam Airlines has recently coordinated with travel companies to launch charter flights between Da Nang and Hong Kong, and Taiwan - key markets in the region.... [read more]

The seminar is part of activities to attract more foreign tourists to Ho Chi Minh City entitled “Next Ho Chi Minh City” with many promotional programmes. Due to the impact of the recent tsunami and earthquakes, the number of Japanese tourists to Vietnam has fallen sharply, but Ho Chi Minh City is still an attractive destination for Japanese visitors. Japanese businesses expressed hopes that Ho Chi Minh City will be a key destination for Japanese visitors to other famous tourist sites, such as Nha Trang, Hoi An and Hue and then to other countries in the region like Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism plans to set up a representative office in Japan which is the third largest market of the Vietnamese tourism sector. Vietnam received nearly 381,000 Japanese visitors in the first nine months of this year. The seminar also introduced many images and documents on Vietnam’s important tourism destinations to Japanese travel agents.... [read more]

Local authorities, officially from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), tourism operators and training institutions in the region gathered in Lao City on December 27 to discuss the plan. Accordingly, the Northwest Travel Destination Management Board will be set up to co-ordinate inter-regional tourism. Community-based tourism projects will be developed in ethnic villages to preserve local culture and protect the environment. There will be strong support in promoting tourism of the eight provinces on their official websites. Representatives agreed for the need to build unique tourism products to harness the cultural and natural advantages of the region. VNAT Deputy director Hoang Thi Diep said that the present approach to visitors did not meet demand, despite the large potential. “We will work with local authorities to sort out the obstacles hampering tourism development and find out solutions,” she said. Representatives said one of the top challenges is the low quality of human resources. Most people went into community-based tourism without any training. This made training an important component of the project. The northwestern provinces – Dien Bien, Yen Bai, Son La, Hoa Binh, Phu Tho, Ha Giang, Lai Chau and Lao Cai –this year received more than a million tourists who spent trillions of Vietnamese dongs. The new project will be funded by a EUR11 million (US$14.3 million) grant from the European Union and EUR1.1 million (US$1.43 million) from the Vietnamese Government.... [read more]




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