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Saigontourist seeks Japanese investment for new hotel projects

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:38 am

Saigontourist seeks Japanese investment for new hotel projects

QĐND – Sunday, December 12, 2010, 22:2 (GMT+7)

Vietnam’s leading tourism company Saigontourist said it is looking for Japanese partners to invest in the development of 12 new hotels and tourism complexes.

General Director Nguyen Huu Tho said the company announced details of the projects to around 70 Japanese companies at a real estate conference in Tokyo late last month.

He said Saigontourist is looking for both capital investment and management cooperation.

“Many investors have made appointments for further discussion and the first meeting will be held in Ho Chi Minh City this month,” Tho said, noting that Japanese investors are, in general, very interested in business opportunities in Vietnam.

He said Saigontourist also plans to buy hotels in Japan as an attempt to expand its operation.

The tourism firm now operates around 100 hotels, resorts and restaurants around the country. It posted revenues of VND8.2 trillion (US$420.6 million) last year and planned to boost the figure to $1 billion in 2015.

The company plans to add 4,000 new rooms to its hotel system in the next five years.

Source: TBKTSG Online/Thanh Nien 


Source: QDND

Phan Thiet has another five-star hotel on coastline

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:43 pm

The five-star Sea Links Beach Hotel has started operations in Phan Thiet City, home to the resort town of Mui Ne, and plans to hold a soft opening ceremony in the middle of October 2010.

The hotel is part of Sea Links City, a complex of luxury properties owned by the Rang Dong Group including Sea Links Golf & Country Club, and golf course villas.

A panoramic view seen from the top-floor lounge of the Sea Links Beach Hotel (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

It is the first five-star beach hotel in Mui Ne, offering a magnificent view of the cape. Standing on top of a hill, the hotel offers a panorama of the sand dunes and the ocean in the distance, which is blue all year round since Phan Thiet has more than 300 sunny days a year.

The top floor is for reception and the lounge. Under it are the five levels that include 188 rooms, all facing the ocean to provide a panoramic sea view. The rooms have floor-to-ceiling glass windows so that guests can see an ocean view with bobbing boats, even when they relax in the bathtub. 

Frenchman Max Jean, general manager of the Sea Links Beach Hotel (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

Down the hill are four swimming pools, where guests can take a closer look at the 18-hole Sea Links golf course.

Phan Thiet is about 200 kilometers northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. According to the hotel’s management, chauffeur service can be arranged to pick guests up from Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport to Sea Links City.

Source: SGGP

Renovated Mövenpick Hotel Saigon returns with grand opening

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Swiss hotelier Mövenpick on Thursday celebrated the grand opening of its Mövenpick Saigon, the nearest-to-the-airport five-star hotel, following a US$15 million renovation that included all rooms, public space, restaurants and retail outlets.

“Ho Chi Minh City is the second fastest growing city in the developing world, and that means business men and women are arriving here in droves, pretty much 24/7,” said Knuth Kiefer, General Manager Vietnam for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.

Andreas Mattmüller (C), Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts chief operating officer, Middle East and Asia, speaks at Thursday’s press conference for the Mövenpick Hotel Saigon grand opening, while the group’s President and CEO Jean Gabriel Peres (R) and Knuth Kiefer look on (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

Kiefer added,“The Mövenpick Hotel Saigon isn’t merely positioned at the heart of all this change, all this progress, all this energy. We are part of it.

“With these upgrades, we have kept pace in terms of amenity and technology while providing business and leisure travelers a respite from city life that is at once hip, serene and accommodating.”

He added, “Our guest rooms were designed to incorporate modern touches with ultimate comfort and conveniences for our guests.”

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts President and CEO Jean Gabriel Peres also took part in the grand opening ceremony.

The Mövenpick Saigon is located on Nguyen Van Troi Street in Phu Nhuan District, within 10 minutes from Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Cay Da Café at the Mövenpick Saigon

The renovation started in March this year, adding 27 new rooms and bringing the total to 278.

Kiefer presided over the 2008 renovation of Mövenpick’s sister property, the Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi, in the Vietnamese capital.

Andreas Mattmüller, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts chief operating officer in the Middle East and Asia, said at a press conference for the grand opening that his group was eyeing Nha Trang, Da Lat, Hue, Da Nang and Hoi An to expand its presence in the country.

Completely closed on March 8 this year, the Mövenpick Saigon used the time to add key personnel and for staff education, with core training in hospitality essentials. The soft opening was on August 1.

Kiefer said, “In the five months leading up to the opening of the hotel, we have organized over 160 training classes for our employees in order to meet the expectations of our customers and to be in line with the modern new look of the hotel.”

The Mövenpick hotels here in Vietnam [in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City each] want to be known for the most attentive and personalized approach towards our customers and to provide true value for our guests,” he added.

Source: SGGP

Four-star Sai Gon-Phu Yen Hotel unveiled

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Four-star Sai Gon-Phu Yen Hotel unveiled

QĐND – Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 20:43 (GMT+7)

The four-star Sai Gon-Phu Yen Hotel has recently been unveiled by Saigontourist and Sai Gon-Phu Yen Tourism Joint Stock Company.

It is the second four-star hotel in Phu Yen, with 101 rooms, a meeting hall, a restaurant, a bar, and other facilities.

The opening of the Sai Gon-Phu Yen hotel is part of the joint investment strategy to diversify and improve the quality of tourism products, gradually setting up service standards for tourist lines and destinations, internationalizing Vietnam’s tourism products.

Accordingly, from now until December 31st, the Sai Gon-Phu Yen Hotel will offer a 50% discount for tourists.

Source: NLD

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

Mövenpick Hotel Saigon reopens after $15 mln renovation

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 11:20 am

The five-star Mövenpick Hotel Saigon reappeared in Ho Chi Minh City on August 1 after a complete transformation over the past five months.

The renovation, which the hotel management said cost US$15 million, is for all guest rooms, public areas and restaurants.

The Mövenpick Hotel Saigon’s designed façade

“The overarching goal is to create a new benchmark in hospitality in Vietnam,” said Knuth Kiefer, general manager of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Vietnam. 

The hotel is located on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street in Phu Nhuan District, within 10 minutes to drive to the airport.

Completely closed on March 8 this year, the Mövenpick continues to use the time to add key personnel and for staff education, with core training in hospitality essentials.

“I’m happy with our progress in attracting a great team and training them accordingly. The closure of the hotel was pivotal in the process, which will of course continue after we open on August 1,” Kiefer said.

The hotel houses 278 guestrooms and five restaurants. Kiefer said he was especially proud of the new bar on the 3rd floor that flanks the hotel’s swimming pool and spa.

In Vietnam, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts operates five-star hotels, one in Ho Chi Minh City and the other in Hanoi.

The international hotel group, with roots in Switzerland, is represented through over 90 hotels existing or under construction in 26 countries with a concentration in its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Source: SGGP

Luxury hotel room prices see a sharp fall

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Luxury hotel room prices see a sharp fall

QĐND – Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 17:26 (GMT+7)

Average prices of high-class hotel rooms in Vietnam fell by 31.9 per cent in 2009, according to figures released on June 8th by Grant Thornton Vietnam.

The firm believes that the global economic crisis had a long term and considerable impact on tourism and hotel sectors in Vietnam and across the world.

Especially, five-star hotels were hit hard as tourists tended to cut down their spending during their tours and rich people seemed to travel less.

However, the survey shows that proceeds from other tourist services like restaurants, spa, banquets and conferences rose 8.2 per cent. As a result, hotels still maintained their incomes in 2009.

Figures also points out that, while the number of international visitors to Vietnam fell, the number of domestic tourists sharply increased.  

Source: Vietnam+

Source: QDND

Ramana hotel designs cooking class for children

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Sheraton’s 1st hotel on beach in VN enhances hospitality

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2010 at 5:00 am

The Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa is to conduct its grand opening May 14 in this beach city, home to one of the world’s most beautiful bays.

The 30-story property delivers dazzling sea views from each of its 284 rooms and a collection of restaurants and bars enable to make Nha Trang a culinary destination for a host of new reasons.

Three years under construction, the hotel ranks as the first internationally renowned, five-star brand to cultivate a beach destination within the country. 

A view seen from The Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa (Photo: Huong Lan)

“This hotel is like a standing ovation on one of Vietnam’s most alluring attractions,” said Scott Hodgetts, general manager of the hotel. “I’ve been looking at this bay, and its islands, for the past two years as we fine-tuned this launch, and I’m still not tired of it. I can’t wait to see our guests’ reaction.”

Nha Trang Bay is a member of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club. Founded in 1997, the club is an UNESCO-supported non-governmental organization committed to environmental tourism.
The Sheraton Nha Trang hotel’s overarching appeal is exemplified, collectively, by its 10 classes of accommodation, from spacious deluxe rooms to 70-square-meter executive suites and one awe-inspiring 182-square-meter presidential suite.
Outside every room, a balcony juts far enough to admit open-air ogling of the bay and a beach that’s been described by many guidebooks as the best in Vietnam. A Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed is standard in every room.
The hotel’s décor exudes deliberate, earthy warmth, with an appealing palate of tawny tones inspired by the beach. The beige and yellow hues, and the custom carpets in jute and cotton evoke familiar Asian themes.
The property includes a multi-purpose events room on the 28th floor with panoramic views of Nha Trang Bay and wonderful environs replete with hills, rivers and an array of cultural attractions.

Three floors below, the Sheraton Club Lounge, which Hodgetts describes as an awe-inspiring modern lounge, delivers a sumptuous, multi-dimensional, uplifting guest experience. Business travelers and leisure travelers who crave extra-special treatment and amenities, and who’ll be staying in a room or suite on floors 22 through 26, check in here.
On the 6th floor, the pools include an infinity-edged pool expansive enough to accommodate lap swimmers, a reflecting pool for sun deck sun soaking and a kid’s pool.

On the 7th and 8th floors, Shine Spa makes its mainland Asia debut. In nine treatment rooms, therapists practice treatments borne of the Mediterranean, Arabia, India and Asia with a particular emphasis on Vietnamese traditions.
The hotel’s largest restaurant, Feast, is a tried-and-true culinary concept that taps the culinary heritage of Italy, India and a number of distinct Asian locales and turns out a la carte dishes a la minute. 
Outside Feast, a gallery lords over the lobby. On the far side of the open space, the Wine Bar and its glass walls position casual drinkers with opportunities for both bay-watching and people-watching in the lobby below.

For less leisurely pursuits, the hotel is shaping up as a magnet for businesses and conferences that require as much as 1,600-square meters of ballroom space. Although Nha Trang can feel like a destination apart, the 24-hour business center ensures that guests can get right into the thick of it as necessary.

Source: SGGP

4,000 more luxury hotel rooms operational in Hanoi in 2010

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2010 at 12:55 am

4,000 more luxury hotel rooms operational in Hanoi in 2010

QĐND – Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 21:5 (GMT+7)

Hanoi will offer additional 4,000 high-quality hotel rooms this year to serve the 1000 th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi and the National Tourism Year 2010.

The city now has about 800 accommodation facilities of all kinds with over 16,000 rooms, of which 213 star-rated hotels offer 10,000 rooms.

With over 30 on-going projects on building 3-5 star hotels, Hanoi is expected to have 20,000 rooms capable of receiving tourists in 2010.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Red Shirt leaders flee as Thai forces surround hotel

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2010 at 8:55 am

Thai security forces surrounded a hotel Friday where leaders of the “Red Shirt” protest movement were holed up, but failed to make any arrests after the suspects fled, officials said.

Television footage showed one of the protest leaders climbing down a rope to escape from the SC Park Hotel as Red Shirt demonstrators massed outside.

Special forces surrounded the building, where “terrorists” and leaders of the red-clad protest movement were hiding, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban announced in a nationally televised address.

One Red Shirt leader, Arisman Pongruangrong, was seen descending a rope to leave the hotel in Bangkok‘s northern outskirts and the movement said all its leaders had managed to escape.

A government spokesman admitted that the operation was “unsuccessful.”

Red Shirt anti-government leader Arisman Pongruanrong is helped by others as he flees arrest on April 16, at the SC Park Hotel in Bangkok

Arisman, who led the protesters’ storming of parliament earlier this month, told supporters by megaphone he had escaped an assassination attempt.

“He wanted to kill me. The policeman tried to kill me,” Arisman told the assembled Red Shirts amid chaotic scenes outside the hotel.

The authorities, meanwhile, urged thousands of protesters massed in the commercial district to leave the area, warning that they were ready to take “decisive measures” following the worst civil violence in almost two decades.

“Innocent people should leave the protests because the authorities have to take decisive measures against terrorists,” Suthep said.

Red Shirts later gathered outside the hotel, scuffling with riot police who were guarding the building.

“If today is the end, we’re ready,” Reds leader Nattawut Saikuar said from the rally stage in the commercial hub, urging protesters to go to the hotel.

The hotel is believed to be owned by fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, political icon of the red-clad protest movement that has been rallying for more than a month in Bangkok to demand immediate elections.

Arrest warrants have also been issued for leaders of the Red Shirt protesters, some of whom stormed parliament earlier this month.

The Reds charge that the government is illegitimate because it came to power in 2008 after a court ousted Thaksin’s allies from power.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has blamed “terrorists” for inciting last weekend’s violent street clashes, which left at least 23 people dead and more than 800 wounded.

Saturday’s clashes erupted as the army tried unsuccessfully to clear an area in Bangkok‘s old city, sparking street battles involving soldiers, red-clad protesters and unidentified gunmen described as “terrorists” by the government.

The Reds have challenged the government’s assertion that there were M16 and AK47 assault rifles among the protesters.

The army has said live shots were fired only in the air or by troops providing cover for soldiers who were themselves under fire.

The authorities have said they will not try to put down peaceful rallies but have urged the Reds to leave the commercial district, where they have disrupted traffic and caused major shopping centres to close.

Leaders of the red-clad movement have said there is no point in further talks, demanding immediate elections.

Negotiations last month between the two sides ended in stalemate after the Reds rejected the government’s offer to hold polls at the end of the year.

The government, which imposed a state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding areas a week ago, has accused Thaksin of stoking the unrest.

Eighteen civilians, including a Japanese cameraman, and five soldiers were killed in the clashes, with more than 800 injured, according to the Erawan emergency centre.

Source: SGGP