The political unrest in Thailand is one major reason causing
tourists to change their destination to Vietnam, said Asia Pacific experts of CB
Richard Ellis (CBRE).
Speaking at the conference on hotel investment and management in Vietnam with
lessons from Asian countries, held on Monday in HCMC, CBRE specialists said the
number of inbound tourists to Vietnam has increased in the last three years.
The rise was 19.1% in 2011 and 13.9% in 2012. Last year, the growth rate slowed
to 11% and then rose strongly to 26% in the first five months of this year.
According to CBRE, the occupancy rate at hotels in Vietnam has also surged in
the last three years, and the rate in HCMC and Hanoi have risen close to those
in big cities in the region such as Jakarta in Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur in
However, the growth of hotel rooms at the two cities of Vietnam in the next
three years is estimated at around 8%, much lower than the expected growth rates
of hotels in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, at 20% and 40% respectively.
Robert McIntosh, executive director of CBRE Hotels for the Asia Pacific region,
said Vietnam’s hotel industry has strong potential to develop in the long term.
The quality of hotel and infrastructure has been improved significantly in
recent years, which is the main reason helping the country to have a stable and
sustainable tourism market.
Travel firms reopen tours to Thailand
Many local travel firms have reopened tours to Thailand with soft prices and
promotions after suspending such tours last month due to concerns over the
political unrest in the neighboring country.
Vietravel offers five-day tours to Thailand every day this month and assure to
provide the same service quality for tourists at soft prices starting from
Nguyen Minh Man, deputy head of Vietravel’s marketing and communication
department, said the promotion is to rekindle demand for tours to Thailand in
the summer holiday.
According to information updated from Thailand of Vietravel, all airports in the
country, including those in major localities of Bangkok, Phuket, Ko Samui, Hat
Yai and Chiang Mai, have operated normally with flights to and from the country
operational as scheduled.
Fiditour has offered tours to Thailand at the cost of VND6 million, for
departure from June 10, bringing tourists to 17 destinations in Thailand.
The company rekindle also offers five-day tours with prices starting at VND6
million and many other tour operators are calling for tourists to Thailand,
saying their tours are sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) at
prices under VND6 million.
Speaking to the Daily, representative of TAT in HCMC said its promotion will
only last for a short time to boost tourism demand to Thailand and that it does
not support Vietnam firms to sell cheap Thai tours.
The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism late last month required tour
operators in Vietnam not to organize tour to dangerous places in Thailand where
crisis and demonstrations were taking place.
Some travel firms, as a result, temporarily shut down their tours to Thailand.
Early this month, Thai military has removed curfew from cities which are major
tourist destinations such as Pattaya, Phuket and Samui Island, saying that those
places are safe and no demonstrations had happened there as a move to attract
tourist back to the country.