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VNAT acts as hotels' standards slip.
The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) decided on August 12 to revoke the three-star certification of three hotels in Hanoi as they have failed to maintain the necessary standards.
The three are the Heritage Hotel in La Thanh Street in Ba Dinh district and the ASEAN International Hotel and the Hanoi Capital Hotel in Dong Da district. VET was unable to contact VNAT for comment.
VNAT previously decided on August 4 to revoke the three-star certification of eight hotels in Hanoi and northern Thai Nguyen province due to declining standards.
Hanoi is now 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.
As at May 2016, Vietnam was home to 101 five-star, 229 four-star, and 463 three-star hotels. Investment from major enterprises such as VinGroup, SunGroup, Muong Thanh, FLC, BIM and Tuan Chau has contributed to building modern tourism infrastructure nationwide.
International visitors to Vietnam in July were estimated at 846,311, an increase of 20.8 per cent against June and 41.2 per cent compared to July 2015.
Total international arrivals in the first seven months reached 5.5 million, 24 per cent higher year-on-year, of which 38.2 million were domestic arrivals, according to VNAT. Most foreign tourists were from China, South Korea, Japan, the UK, Australia, the US, France and Germany.
Approximately 2.05 million international tourists visited Hanoi in the first six months of the year, up 34 per cent year-on-year.
From the third quarter onwards, 33 accommodation projects are to enter the market in Vietnam, including 15 supplying approximately 4,700 rooms in Hanoi. Some projects are yet to quantify their supply. A single new project will supply approximately 64 rooms to the end of 2016, according to Savills Vietnam.
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. In 2020 the capital plans to welcome 30 million visitors, including 5.7 million foreigners.