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Vietnam’s hotels among T+L 500 World’s Best Hotels 2010

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:18 am

The Travel + Leisure magazine (US) has recently named four hotels in Vietnam as being among the Top 500 hotels in the world.

Caravelle Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo: KK)

Theses hotels include the Sofitel Legend Metropole, and Hilton Opera in Hanoi; and the Caravelle and the Park Hyatt Sai Gon, in Ho Chi Minh City.

The T+L 500 results are based upon an annual survey. This survey in which Travel + Leisure subscribers evaluated hotels on characteristics such as rooms and facilities, location, service, restaurants and food, and the hotel pricing system.  The publication calculated the average rating of each characteristic and tabulated an overall score.



Among them, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi won the Pacific-Asia Travel Association’s (PATA) 2010 gold award, in the Heritage category in August.


 

Source: SGGP

Vietnam joins ranks of Asia’s finest hotels and resorts

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 4:46 pm




Vietnam joins ranks of Asia’s finest hotels and resorts


QĐND – Friday, October 29, 2010, 23:19 (GMT+7)

Conde Nast Traveler, a renowned luxury travel magazine, has placed five Vietnamese hotels and resorts atop its list of Readers’ Choice Awards.


Vietnamese resorts that made the top 20 list for best resorts in Asia included, Life Heritage Resort-Hoi An, The Nam Hai, and Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa.


The Sofitel Legend Metropole-Hanoi and the Park Hyatt-Saigon, each won top spots in the survey of the 100 top hotels in Asia.


While readers lodged three Vietnam resorts onto the list, they also sung the praises of five resorts from Bali and five resorts from Thailand.


“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 indeed remarkable.”


The Readers’ Choice Awards polled 25,916 responses from readers who rated resorts and hotels across these five categories: food/dining, location, overall design, rooms and service. Resort ratings were also based on activities/facilities.


According to Conde Nast, only candidates that received a required minimum number of responses were deemed eligible for an award.


None of Vietnam’s islands made the Readers’ Choice Awards. Bali and Phuket were among the top three island destinations in Asia, which makes Vietnam’s resort standings all the more impressive.


Similarly, Vietnam’s top cities failed to make the top-ten cut. Bangkok and Chiang Mai came in at number 1 and 2, while Bali’s Ubud ranked fifth.


Source: VIR


 


Source: QDND

Vietnam’s best hotels and resorts announced

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 8:11 pm




Vietnam’s best hotels and resorts announced


QĐND – Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 22:15 (GMT+7)

The organising board of the World Travel Awards has recently announced the best hotels, spas and resorts in Vietnam in 2010 based on votes by global travel agencies and service providers.


According to www.worldtravelawards.com, Avason Ana Mandara Nha Trang was voted as Vietnam’s best spa, Avason Ana Mandara Resort as the best resort while InterContinental Asiana Sai Gon was selected as the best hotel while the Sheraton Hanoi received the award of best hotels for business.


According the Awards’ organising board, as many as 183,000 travel, transport firms and tourism organisations from over 160 countries and territories took part in the 17th vote in the Asian region.


Winners of the region will be candidates at the global selection which is expected to be announced in London before the World’s Tourism Fair on the upcoming November 7th.


Source: thesaigontimes


Translated by Vu Hung


Source: QDND

Hotels fully booked as Hanoi marks 1,000th birthday

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:59 am




Hotels fully booked as Hanoi marks 1,000th birthday


QĐND – Saturday, October 09, 2010, 21:2 (GMT+7)


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Hotels in the old quarters of Hanoi have been fully booked during recent weeks as visitors poured into the city on the occasion of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi


Binh, who lives in Ho Chi Minh City, had to make more than 30 phone calls until he managed to book a room in a place far from the centre in Hanoi.


“At first, I wanted to book a hotel room on Hang Trong Street with the former price of VND 400,000 per night. However, the receptionist said that the hotel ran out of rooms two weeks earlier. Therefore, I had to reserve a room at a place which is 5 kilometres from the Hanoi centre,” Binh said.


Many vacationers and business people fell into the same situation as Binh when they had to rent hotel rooms at the price of 20% to 25% higher than usual.


A representative of Vietravel in Hanoi said that the company’s customers still have enough accommodations as they had worked with its system of partners in the city.


Meanwhile, other tourist companies in Hanoi complained about the closing of some streets in Hanoi that troubled their tourist clients.


Source: Tien Phong


Translated by Ngoc Hung


Source: QDND

Nha Trang hotels slash rates to attract tourists

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm




Nha Trang hotels slash rates to attract tourists


QĐND – Saturday, August 14, 2010, 20:52 (GMT+7)

Hotels in Khanh Hoa Province, home of the world-renowned Nha Trang Bay, are offering discounts of up to 50 percent to attract tourists.


The province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has said the discounts are aimed at enabling the tourism sector to achieve its target of attracting 1.76 million visitors and earning VND1.75 trillion (US$92.2 million) this year.


The five-star Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa in Nha Trang is offering discounts of 10 to 50 percent between May 1 and December 31.


The Sunrise Nha Trang Beach Hotel & Spa also has a promotion offering free stays for guests staying three days and longer between May 1 and September 30.


Other three- to five-star hotels like the Nha Trang Lodge Hotel, Liberty Hotel, Hai Yen Hotel, and Vinpearl Land Resort & Spa Nha Trang are offering discounts of 10 to 30 percent.


Khanh Hoa has more than 400 hotels, resorts, and guest houses, almost all of them in Nha Trang, which is home to one of the world’s most beautiful bays.


It has 20 hotels rated three-star and above with a total of 2,450 rooms.


The city has attracted around 500,000 visitors this year, with the tourism industry earning VND500 billion (US$26.5 million).

Source: tuoitrenews.vn

Source: QDND

Hanoi’s hotels see higher occupancy rates

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 9:02 am




Hanoi’s hotels see higher occupancy rates


QĐND – Sunday, July 11, 2010, 21:26 (GMT+7)

Occupancy rates of 3-5 star hotels in Hanoi rose to 54.52% in the second quarter of the year, a year-on-year increase of 10.26%.


Four-star hotels registered the highest average increase overall, up 53.09%.


This was attributed to the 12% increase of foreign and 13.5% increase of domestic tourists to the capital city, in the first half of 2010.


During this period, the average daily rate (ADR) of five-star hotels experienced the biggest decrease of 20.36% to US $119.9 per room and four-star hotel room decreased, 1.54% to US $65.74. The three-star hotel ADR posted an increase of 4.93% to US $39.17.


Meanwhile, the average daily revenue per occupied room in three-star hotels posted the highest increase of 26.1% to US $22.42, followed by four-star hotels, 6.26% to US $36.58.


Experts say the grand ceremony of the Thang Long-Hanoi millennium anniversary and the Vietnam National Tourism Administration’s promotion campaign are expected to raise the number of visitors to Hanoi in the second half of the year, and according hotel room occupancy rates.


During the six-month period, Vietnam welcomed 2.5 million foreign visitors, a yearly increase of 32.6%, and 14.8 million domestic tourists, up 10%.


Source: VNA/Nhandan


Source: QDND

Hotels stay optimistic in low season

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 9:02 am




Hotels stay optimistic in low season


QĐND – Monday, July 12, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

The number of international tourists to Vietnam has once again risen sharply, allowing the domestic tourism industry to maintain a high growth rate. This also helps hotels stay optimistic, even though it is the low season for receiving international tourists.


Grant Thornton, a consultancy service provider, released a report that showed 32 percent of 7500 representatives of private enterprises in Vietnam have become more confident in the hotel business this year.


The report revealed that in 2010, up to 40 percent of hotel enterprises hope that their revenue will increase by 19 percent, plus a total of 30 percent of hotels think their profit will increase by 7 percent over 2009. The difficulties of 2009 have prompted hotels to slash room rates by 31.9 percent to attract clients.


In the first half of 2010, Vietnam attracted 2.51 million international tourists, an increase of 32.6 percent in comparison with the same period of 2009. Meanwhile, the number of domestic travelers was 17 million, equal to 2/3 of the total for all of 2009.


Kenneth Atkinson, Managing Director of Grant Thornton, explained that increasing confidence in Vietnam’s hotel market is proven by foreign companies seeking opportunities to manage more hotels and new projects.


Atkinson told Thoi bao Kinh te Saigon that, in general, confidence in the hotel business is much higher than in 2009. Accor, the leading hotel management group in Europe, has announced that it will manage at least 12 hotel projects under construction in Vietnam.


Patrick Basset, Deputy President of Accor and in charge of markets in Vietnam, the Philippines, South Korea and Japan, explained that the group can see big opportunities, not only for five-star hotels, but for four and three-star hotels as well. Currently, Accor is managing 14 hotels in Vietnam, including Sofitel, MGallery, Novotel and Mercure.


Atkinson added that foreign hotel management groups want to expand operations in Vietnam this year, because the number of foreign tourists to Vietnam has increased again and domestic tourism maintains high growth rates


According to Savills Vietnam, the real estate service provider, the average hotel room occupancy of 3-5 star hotels in HCM City was 65 percent in the second quarter of 2010, dropping from 72 percent in the first quarter. The second quarter also marks the low season for tourism in Vietnam.


Tash Tobias, Hotel Director of InterContinental Asiana Saigon Complex, agreed that hotel occupancy in the second quarter is generally lower than the first.


Tobias hopes that the occupancy of InterContinental Asiana Saigon will continue expanding every quarter in 2010 because she can see positive signs of the national economic recovery, and she believes that Vietnam is an attractive destination for foreign tourists.


Source: VNN


Source: QDND

Vina Properties Development acquires premium hotels, golf course in Dalat

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Vietnam’s Vina Properties Development Group announced Thursday it had become the owner of a golf course voted the best in Vietnam and two premium hotels in Dalat City, a popular tourist destination.


The group, shortly known as VPD, said it had bought the world-class Dalat Palace Golf Course, the five-star hotel Sofitel Dalat Palace and four-star hotel Mercure Dalat Du Parc.

Hotel Sofitel Dalat Palace (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

The former owner of the three facilities, US-based company Danao International Holdings Limited, had earlier confirmed the deal with Tuoi Tre newspaper.


In its last four Planet Golf surveys, Golf Digest (USA) rated the golf course best in the country. Asian Golf Monthly readers have voted it No.1 in Vietnam for three years running, too.

This file photo shows part of Dalat Palace Golf Course, and Xuan Huong Lake seen in a distance (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

Meanwhile, Sofitel Dalat Palace is the only five-star hotel in the central upland city, also known as Le Petit Paris (Little Paris).


The two sides in this transaction did not reveal the price.


Sofitel Dalat Palace was built in 1916 in French style and completed with the name Hotel Du Langbian Palace. Since then, it has been a unique landmark and icon in the heart of Dalat embodying rich French charm.


It holds an overall view of Xuan Huong Lake, located in the heart of Dalat, also called the City of Flowers.


The golf course is laid out on the pine tree-shrouded hillside opposite the lake the Palace overlooks.


Mercure was constructed in 1922 with the name Hotel Du Parc. Its colonial style with refined decoration offers comfort and coziness, making accommodation most suitable for both business and leisure. It is located a few steps from the Palace.


With this acquisition, Vina Properties Development Group owns four hotels including Ramana Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City and Hotel Royal in the beach city of Vung Tau, about 130 km south of HCMC.


VPD chairman Pham Trinh Phuong said, “Our corporate philosophy is our strong commitment to enhance shareholder value by strengthening our market position in the hospitality industry through strategic expansion into synergistic investment.”


The group includes diversified businesses such as logistics, hospitality, aviation, investment and construction. Besides hotels and golf course, VPD owns Tin Thanh JS Company, a major private logistics firm in Vietnam. The group’s portfolio includes several other companies.

Source: SGGP

Five-star hotels offer 50% discount in Nha Trang

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Sofitel Metropole one of the coolest new hotels

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2010 at 5:13 pm




Sofitel Metropole one of the coolest new hotels


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

Hanoi-based Sofitel Metropole Hotel has made the Conde Nast Traveller Hot List 2010, the publication’s annual list of the “66 Coolest New Hotels in the World”.


The 100-year-old hotel has received numerous other accolades in the past. It was chosen as one of the 500 best hotels in the world by readers of Travel & Leisure and Conde Nast Travel; selected as the best hotel in Hanoi by Hong Kong’s Destin Asian, Asia Money magazine and Vietnam’s VnEconomy.


It was also named 2007’s best hotel for businessmen in a capital city, by readers of the Business Traveller Asia Pacific.


Source: VNA
Photo: vietbao


Source: QDND