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Hotels fail to maintain standards for three-star rating.
The Vietnam National Administrative of Tourism (VNAT) decided on August 4 to revoke the three-star certification of eight hotels in Hanoi and northern Thai Nguyen province as they have failed to maintain necessary standards.
The hotels in Hanoi are the Sai Gon Hotel at 80 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem district, the Thuong Mai Hotel at 25 Ngoc Khanh Street, Ba Dinh district, the Dai Duong Hotel at 48 Tran Nhan Tong Street, Hai Ba Trung district, the Kim Lien Hotel at 5-7 Dao Duy Anh Street, Dong Da district, the Bao Khanh Hotel at 22 Bao Khanh Street, Hoan Kiem district, and the Chia Khoa Vang Hotel at 65 Quan Su Street, Hoan Kiem district.
The two in Thai Nguyen are the Dong A II Hotel at 38, Group 2, Dong Quang ward, and the Dong A III Hotel in Cao Khanh hamlet, Phuc Xuan ward.
Hanoi is tightening its tourism activities with the recent introduction of a new tourism decree that includes a target of welcoming 30 million tourists by 2020, including 5.7 million international arrivals, for an annual increase of 8 to 10 per cent. It will remove low-quality tourism units and seek strategic investors for key tourism projects in West Lake, along the new road to Noi Bai International Airport, Ba Vi National Park and Suoi Hai Lake, and Huong Son - Quan Son Lake in My Duc district.
Vietnam has over 21,000 hotels with 400,000 rooms. In the 2010-2015 period the number of three- to five-star hotels increased remarkably compared to the average increase in previous years, with the number of five-star hotels up 16 per cent, four-star hotels up 14 per cent, and three-star hotels up 13 per cent.
As at May this year there were 101 five-star hotels, 229 four-star hotels, and 463 three-star hotels in the country. Investment from major groups such as Vingroup, Sun Group, Muong Thanh, FLC, BIM, and Tuan Chau has contributed to creating a modern tourism network around the country.
The revocation of star certification for hotels that have not maintained the necessary standards is a practical move to improve the overall quality of hotels. VNAT previously revoked star certification of hotels in Quang Ninh, Thua Thien Hue, and Khanh Hoa provinces as they lacked well-trained staff and could not guarantee sanitation.
VNAT said that hotels, airlines, and airports must be in good quality to connect Vietnam to other international tourism destinations.
There are now 52 international airlines from 25 countries and territories with flights connecting 54 international routes with Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Nha Trang. Many low-cost carriers are in the market, bringing convenient travel options to tourists.
Vietnam also has 48 domestic air routes. Its highway network also connects tourism destinations and helps develop and diversify tourism products. The development of road networks has presented many tourism opportunities for areas that are facing difficulties in the northern mountainous area, the central highlands, and the Mekong Delta.