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Cruise ship Princess Daphne lands at Saigon Port

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:17 am

The Saigontourist Travel Service Company have received the luxury cruise ship Princess Daphne, which has brought more than 500 visitors and crewmembers to Ho Chi Minh City on December 30.

The visitors, mostly from Australia, took a tour of Ho Chi Minh City, the Cu Chi tunnels and My Tho City in the Tien Giang province.

This is the first time Princess Daphne has arrived in Vietnam. The cruise ship will leave the city on the evening of December 31 and return to Vietnam on January 15.

The Saigontourist Company have reported that it has welcomed over 60,000 foreign visitors from the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain to Vietnam by cruise ships. This leading tour operator in Vietnam has join with the Asia Cruise Services Network-ACSN, in order to promote cruise tourism in the country.

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

Saigon CTT presents scholarships to IT students

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 8:00 am

A scholarship program entitled “Raising knowledge, Building the future” for Ho Chi Minh City students was launched by the Saigon Institute for Techniques and Technology (Saigon CTT) on September 23.

80 scholarships worth VND800 million (US$40,000) will be granted for candidates who will get high marks in the entrance examination of the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Microsoft System Management Server training courses.

Students have registered to take part in the entrance examination to be held on October at Saigon CTT, 287B Dien Bien Phu Street in District 3. 

Source: SGGP

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

Saigon, Dong Nai rivers in jeopardy of further degradation

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2010 at 6:51 am

A group of General Assembly delegates from Ho Chi Minh City has inspected the degree of environmental pollution in the Saigon and Dong Nai rivers and has reported alarming results.

Saigon River

According to the head office of the Saigon Water Supply Company (SAWACO), the quality of water in the two rivers has deteriorated rapidly and will likely continue to seriously affect residents’ water used for daily activities.

Mr. Bui Thanh Giang, director of the Thu Duc water plant the city, said, “Pollution of the Saigon River directly impacts water treatment capacity at the Tan Hiep water plant in the city. In recent years, the quality of water in the Saigon River has been [very poor]. Turbidity, pH, and salinity have increased to high levels, hence the Tan Hiep water plant must increase levels of chlorine, alum, and lime for water treatment.”

Mr. Vo Quang Chau, deputy general director of SAWACO, said that according to regular water tests over the past five years, the quality of water in the Dong Nai River basin is also rapidly worsening.

Levels of bacteria, ammonia, and harmful organic matter have increased rapidly and now exceed permitted standards by dozens of times. This has created extra difficulties and expenses for water treatment plants. According to SAWACO, it now spends VND4.5 billion per year on salt-processing alone.

According to Tran Du Lich, deputy head of the General Assembly group of delegates, the Environmental Protection Committee of the Dong Nai River should enforce environmental protection regulations by setting a deadline for polluting enterprises  to adhere to environmental standards. If successful, then HCMC will launch a similar project in the future.

Mr. Bui Cach Tuyen, head of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment said, “Nearly two years since its establishment, the Environmental Protection Committee is still slow in enforcing environmental regulations. Moreover, each of the committee members has numerous other commitments so it is difficult for them to carry out tasks in a concerted manner.”

Pham Phuong Thao, head of the group of General Assembly delegates, proposed that the Department of Natural Resources and Environment promptly ask the Government for more funding for the Environmental Protection Committee of Dong Nai River. Only when the Dong Nai River project is conceptualized as a national issue can the river’s environmental integrity be salvaged from further degradation said Ms. Thao.


Source: SGGP

Beerfest Saigon to returns in May

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:53 am

The 2nd annual Beerfest Saigon will be hosted by the Windsor Plaza Hotel in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City from May 6 to 9 promising beer lovers the opportunity to sample the largest collection of brews in Vietnam.

Beer lovers sample a variety of brews while watching a musical performance at the first Beerfest Saigon held last year at HCMC’s Windsor Plaza Hotel (Photo: Courtesy of the hotel)

Last year, the event attracted over 5,000 people. This year’s festival will be larger with an extra day of fun and extended hours.

The beerfest will open at 6 pm and end late on May 6 and 7, while on May 8 and 9, festivities will start at 3 pm and run late into the night.

Guests will also be able to sample a variety of foods, take part in a host of games, and join nightly lucky draws for prizes.

In addition, festival-goers can also enjoy a free beer sample from each of the numerous booths while watching performances by some of Saigon’s hottest rock and pop acts.

Beerfest Saigon will be held in the Jade Ballroom on Level 7 of the Windsor Plaza Hotel and is open to anyone aged 18 and above.

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Sheraton Saigon Hotel wins global honor

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2009 at 12:02 pm

The Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers leapfrogged many big names in the region to win the World Travel Award for being “Asia’s Leading Conference Hotel” in 2009 at a ceremony in London on November 8.

The entrance of the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers

It was also named “Vietnam’s Leading Hotel.”

Sheraton Hanoi Hotel and Evason Ana Mandara Resort were respectively “Vietnam’s Leading Business Hotel” and “Vietnam’s Leading Resort.”

Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers belongs to the Starwood (USA) hotel group, which has more than 940 properties in more than 100 countries.

Established in 1993, the World Travel Awards honor excellence in all sectors of the global travel industry. Called by the Wall Street Journal as the “travel industry’s equivalent to the Oscars,” the awards are considered the most prestigious in the industry and have more than 167,000 travel professionals worldwide voting to pick the winners.

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Windsor Plaza to rock Saigon with Oktoberfest

In Vietnam Culture on September 23, 2009 at 11:33 am

For the fifth year in a row, Windsor Plaza Hotel, in cooperation with the German Business Association (GBA), will give everyone a blast of traditional Germanic culture with the annual Oktoberfest.

German Ambassador Rolf Schulze performs the “O’zapft is”, the traditional tapping of the first beer barrel that signals the opening of the festivity, at Oktoberfest 2008 in Windsor Plaza Hotel (Photo courtesy of Windsor Plaza Hotel)

This year’s Oktoberfest, which will run for six days, begins October 6.
Visitors can enjoy live music, dancing, authentic German food and beer and a party through to October 11.
The GBA is coordinating the event. One of the GBA’s missions is to build a relationship between Germany and Vietnam, and Oktoberfest is one of many cultural events GBA has organized to cement this relationship.
The hotel’s Jade Ballroom will play host to Ho Chi Minh City’s 18th Oktoberfest, and may be the country’s biggest ‘beer tent.’
Visitors can party the night away with all the draught Krombacher and bottled Schneider Weisse beers they can drink. A champagne bar with German Schnapps is also open to everyone.
Matching the drinks is a massive German buffet with plenty of sausages, sauerkraut, pork knuckle, pretzels, potato salad and lots more.
Oktoberfest will feature live music by the German band, “Trenkwalder,” a modern, young, dynamic but especially authentic music band.
At this return, the band led by charismatic lead singer Hubert Trenkwalder will entertain guests with folk songs played in a rock style.
Other entertainment and activities include Bavarian Log Buster, the Draw Well, and a game for couples called the Stone Labyrinth. 

German band Trenkwalder play at last year’s Oktoberfest (Photo courtesy of Windsor Plaza Hotel)

The Jade Ballroom also features an art design that will give visitors the feeling they are in Bavaria.
Finally, each visitor will get the chance to take the experience home with a souvenir beer stein and many prizes to be won.
Oktoberfest will run from 6:30pm until late on October 6 to 10 and from 10am to 4pm on October 11 (Sunday).

For more information, contact Windsor Plaza Hotel at 18 An Duong Vuong St., Dist. 5, HCMC. Tel: (08) 3 833 6688.

Source: SGGP