Khánh Hòa sets airport runway deadline

The figure included nearly 712,000 foreigners and 2.3 million domestic visitors, up 34% and 28%, respectively, said the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The province also welcomed 11 million others who made one-day visits. With 150,000 arrivals, Russia topped the list of countries sending citizens to Khanh Hoa thanks to a new direct air route connecting Russia’s Far East and the province’s Cam Ranh airport and another linking Moscow and Nha Trang city. The number of Russian tourists was followed by those of Australia, the US, France, the UK, and Germany. The time that foreign tourists spend here also increased to more than 3.2 days per person. There are more than 540 tourist residence facilities, including 48 three- to five-star hotels, with nearly 15,000 rooms in Khanh Hoa, where shopping and entertainment centres as well as unique tourism products are mushrooming. In 2014, the province plans to further improve its facilities, provide more tourism products, and become a friendly, safe and healthy destination. It will also increase collaboration with key localities such as Ho Chi Minh City and Lam Dong, Dak Lak and Ninh Thuan provinces to fully utilise its maritime and ecological tourism advantages.... [read more]

Whilst hotels and resorts are primarily built for leisure, many properties are seeing the strongest growth in the MICE (meeting, incentive, cooperation and exhibition) segment. In Nha Trang, luxury city hotel groups including Sheraton, Intercontinental and Best Western Havana are leading the way in MICE. Potential for MICE tourism Nha Trang, the capital of Khanh Hoa province, is the political, economic and cultural centre of the province. Long stretches of pristine sand and clear water offer sun-kissed relaxation in this bustling coastal town. Tran Phu beach fronts the Tran Phu Boulevard, a 7km-long stretch of golden sand. The beach is set against a backdrop of forested mountains and a border of palm trees and vibrant flowers and boasts a range of beach side facilities including lively bars and restaurants. According to figures from the Nha Trang Khanh Hoa tourism department, the province currently has 601 accommodation establishments, with a total of 19,936 rooms, including nine five-star hotels with 1906 rooms and 15 four-star hotels and resorts with a total of 2683 rooms. The central coastal province of Khanh Hoa aims to attract four million tourists and gross VND6.5 trillion (US$309 million) in revenue this year, representing a rise of 17% and 30% year-on-year. Nha Trang can be considered a new luxury MICE destination. The town itself is booming and looks set to become a leading luxury MICE destination in Vietnam. It is a new tourism hub with dozens of leisure and tourism opportunities ranging from day trips, spa indulgence and…... [read more]

Figures from Khanh Hoa Province’s tourism department said Chinese arrivals to its popular town jumped more than five times from 2014 to around 180,000 last year. That was the second biggest group of visitors, after Russians, who have for years chosen the sunny town as their go-to destination. Phan Thanh Truc, deputy director of the department, told Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper that Nha Trang draws Chinese to its beautiful scenery, good weather all year round and seafood. Luyen Manh Cuong, director of Khanh Hoa’s tourism promotion center, said Chinese tourists usually stay four or five days at mid to upscale hotels and thus make a rather significant contribution to the tourism revenues. But it seems the city is not ready for the boom. There are not enough tour guides who can speak Chinese. Truc said the province has only licensed ten guides and travel agencies usually have to bring in Chinese-speaking staff from other provinces. An unnamed government official said in the news report that Khanh Hoa Province has failed to anticipate and handle the sudden increase of Chinese tourists. It is evident in the lack of signs and instructions in Chinese around town. Cuong from the tourism center said local authorities still do not know much about Chinese tourists, particularly how they spend money and on what. Some service providers appear to know how the tourists often behave though. A receptionist was quoted as saying that many Chinese guests are not very polite and usually damage the hotel's furniture…... [read more]

The Khanh Hoa provincial People’s Committee held an urgent meeting to try to manage the ongoing floods and prevent further serious losses. Prolonged heavy rains caused water reservoirs in Khanh Hoa, such as Lang Nhot, Suoi Dau, Song Trau to let water out, resulting in serious flooding. The road linking Nha Trang and Da Lat was washed away and many roads to Nha Trang are submerged. Vehicles cannot run on the Nguyen Tat Thanh highway linking Cam Ranh Airport and Nha Trang City because it has been so seriously damaged. Water in rivers in Phu Yen has risen to alarming levels. The Dong Xuan district Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control has worked with relevant agencies to evacuate nearly 120 families to safe areas.... [read more]

At a working session with the provincial leaders on July 22, Mr Dung acknowledged the province’s efforts in controlling inflation and stabilising the macro economy in the past six months, with a GDP growth rate reaching 10.62 percent. The industrial and service sectors made up more than 80 percent of its economic structure, tourism revenue increased by 23 percent and per capita income hit more than US$1,000. However, to achieve a steady economic growth, Mr Dung asked Khanh Hoa to iron out snags to boost production and business activities in the agro-industrial, service and export sectors while accelerating administrative reforms and facilitating businesses’ access to capital sources to support production and exports. He asked the province to closely monitor market developments, ensure an adequate supply of essential commodities for production and people’s lives, strictly deal with law-breakers and support the poor who are vulnerable to price rises and inflation. The same day, Mr Dung made a fact-finding tour of the Van Phong economic zone which is a multi-functional economic zone complex and a large transit port in the region and the world. The zone has so far attracted around 70 investment projects with a total registered capital of more than US$23 billion, of which 20 projects have been operational. Mr Dung urged Khanh Hoa province to complete the planning for the Van Phong economic zone with a view to making full use of its advantages, including geographical location, a deepwater seaport and an international airport to attract investment in tourism,…... [read more]

The terminal, built at a cost of over VND200 billion, has a total floor area of 14,000 square metres, to handle 800 passengers per hour. Under the Transport Development Master Plan to 2020 with vision for 2030, which has been approved by the Government, Cam Ranh Airport will handle domestic and international flights and accommodate B777s. It will be upgraded to serve 5.5 million passengers and transport 100,000 tonnes of cargo by 2020, and eight million passengers and 200,000 tonnes of cargo by 2030. The same day, a Silk Airlines aircraft touched down the airport’s runway, becoming the first international airlines to the airport. On the occasion, leading hotels in the province offered special discounts of 50-100 percent to passengers who arrived on the first international flights to Cam Ranh.... [read more]

Signatories were representatives of the Khanh Hoa provincial People’s Committee, the Middle Airports Corporation (MAC), the Association for International Airlines operating in Vietnam and the Khanh Hoa Tourism Association. Under the MoU, the Khanh Hoa Tourism Association and local three- to five-star hotels pledge to offer a 20-50 percent discount on accommodation and a 5-10 percent discount on tours, and restaurant and recreation services for international tourists who arrive in Khanh Hoa via Cam Ranh airport. The Middle Airports Corporation will also halve the prices of its aviation services and invest in its infrastructure to ensure the best possible conditions for such flights. The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines is expected to launch a direct route from Incheon (the Republic of Korea) to Cam Ranh on July 27. Shortly after that the foreign carrier Vladivostok Air will open direct flights from Cam Ranh to Russia. Cam Ranh airport was declared international in December 2009 and has seen the country’s highest annual growth rate of 21 percent in the number of passengers, with 700,000 travelling in 2009 alone, including 385,000 foreigners. However, it has not yet conducted any international flights. Khanh Hoa province wants to attract international carriers to establish international flights to the airport by promoting the image of Nha Trang as a beautiful coastal tourist city.... [read more]

This is the first commercial flight from Russia’s Far East region to Cam Ranh airport. From now until March 2011, Vladivostok Air will operate 14 flights from the Russian cities of Khabarovsk and Vladivostok to Cam Ranh airport. Igor Benlich, Vladivostok Air’s chief representative in the South East Asia region said that the airline considers Cam Ranh airport as an important destination in the Asia-Pacific region, adding that it will continue to maintain these routes and increase the number of flights. Le Van Nghia, Vladivostok Air’s chief representative said that the opening up of the air route from Vladivostok to Khanh Hoa will be a starting point for a programme to develop tourism between Russia’s Far East and Khanh Hoa as well as Vietnam’s central region with its beautiful landscapes and beaches. Currently, the airline plans to launch a flight schedule this winter and design campaigns to attract more passengers to Khanh Hoa. After that, the airline will set up a flight schedule for summer with the aim of establishing a regular international air route from the Far East region to Khanh Hoa.... [read more]

The TPP deal, which aims to liberalize commerce in 40% of the global economy, was reached earlier this month, pending approval by lawmakers in 12 participating nations. These countries include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the US, and Vietnam. Logistics is a potential sector which requires coordination between state agencies and local businesses, as the bigger share of the pie is in the hands of foreign-invested firms. With the annual growth rate of 12% and an export and import turnover topping US$623 billion by 2020, according to the World Bank’s forecast, Vietnamese logistics companies need to improve service quality to increase competitiveness, especially in the face of global and regional economic integration. Smaller scale, higher cost As an important link of the economy, logistics activities help goods to get from producers to end-users, while ensuring timely delivery of materials, components and spare parts from suppliers to producers for production. According to statistics of the Vietnam Logistics Association (VLA), the Southeast Asian nation currently has over 1,300 active logistics companies, including 25 foreign-invested enterprises. However, the foreign players now account for 80 percent of the market share, while thousands of local firms make up the rest. Do Xuan Quang, VLA chairman, told a recent seminar in Hanoi that total logistics costs, including the expenses of transport, storage, warehousing, customs procedures and other paperwork, reach about US$37-40 billion annually. "However, US$30-35 billion of the total is paid to foreign firms, which means the most delicious part…... [read more]

The negotiation for strategic partnership between the Vietnam Airlines and a leading aviation partner of Japan is expected to take place more smoothly after Vietnam Airlines released information on its operations in 2015. By December 30, 2015, with a fleet of 94 aircraft, including two modern aircraft models that have just been put into operation - Airbus A350 and Boeing 787-9 - Vietnam Airlines conducted over 127,500 safe flights in 2015, representing a year-on-year increase of 3.5%. It transported more than 17.4 million passengers during the year, earning US$3.08 billion in revenue and $62.2 million in pre-tax profit, 129% higher than the set target. These are the highest results of Vietnam Airlines since its establishment 20 years ago. From 2012-2015, it divested all its shares in 13 fields, up three compared to the restructuring plan. The divested amount reached US$36.4 million, two times higher than the investment value. In 2016, the carrier set to transport 19.2 million passengers, up 10.6% against 2015. It is expected to post revenue of US$3.4 million and a pre-tax profit of US$102.2 million. Meanwhile, after almost four years struggling with restructuring, the shareholders of Jetstar Pacific Airlines (Vietnam Airlines with 67.8% of charter capital, Qantas of Australia with 30% and Saigontourist with 2.14%) - started reaping the first fruits. In early November 2015, Jetstar Pacific CEO Le Hong Ha announced that the airline had recorded a profit for the first time after three years of operation. Ha said the firm had a profit of more…... [read more]