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|HCM City needs 1,000 luxury hotel rooms by 2020. - VNS Photo|
The city People’s Committee reported that in the first five months of this year there were over 3.2 million foreign arrivals compared to 2.5 million in the same period last year.
The tourism sector’s revenues rose by 14.8 per cent year-on-year to VND51.6 trillion (US$2.2 billion).
Dai Ta Hoang Vu, director of the city Department of Tourisms told Viet Nam News that while the numbers of both domestic and foreign visitors are increasing sharply, the city has too few five-star and three-star hotels.
“With annual growth of 20 per cent, the city tourism sector will receive around 10 million foreign visitors by 2020 and need around 10,000 luxury hotel rooms.”
Nguyen Trong Thuc, head of hotel services, CBRE Vietnam, said the number of foreign visitors coming to HCM City would increase thanks to policies like e-visa and visa waiver, and this would create more demand in the luxury hotels segment.
Many investors and funds want to invest in the city’s hotel market, he revealed.
Many of them are buying old hotels and renovating them, he said.
But there is no new supply, expect for the Mai House which should open by the end of this year, he said.
He told Viet Nam News that the four-star segment would see intense competition from the many new luxury apartments that are being built and let out to guests through Airbnb and other similar services.
The city is encouraging investment in the luxury hotel segment, he said.
It would assist them by streamlining procedures, apprising them about plans and others with an eye on promoting tourism, he said.
Last month Mandarin Oriental announced plans to build a five-star hotel at the Union Square Saigon building situated in the block between Nguyen Hue, Dong Khoi, Le Thanh Ton, and Le Loi streets.
Scheduled to open next year, it will have 228 rooms, six restaurants and bars, a spa, and an outdoor pool.
Swiss-owned Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has announced plans to develop a new property with 815 keys – 288 hotel rooms and 527 serviced apartments – besides several upscale business and leisure facilities.
Scheduled to open in 2020, the project will form the centrepiece of the Kenton Node Hotel Complex, a major mixed-use development currently rising on the Rach Dia River bank on Nguyen Huu Tho Street in Saigon South.
In addition to these two projects, the Department of Tourism said many other luxury hotels are also planned in HCM City.
Without disclosing the exact number of investors who have applied for licences, he said by 2020 there would be enough luxury hotels to meet 70 per cent of demand.