Post-pandemic tourism stimulus: Vietnam hotels and resorts offer big discounts

Many promotional packages are introduced by hotels and resorts nationwide to attract travelers on the occasion of upcoming year-end vacations.

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As Covid-19 restrictions are being lifted in many localities, local hotels and resorts have launched promotion campaigns, restarting the nation’s tourism industry after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Drastic discount on accommodation

InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort, Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province. Photo: IHG Hotels & Resorts

This is the second time in just four days, Phuong Linh- an employee of a travel agency announced ‘big deals’ on accommodation of a five-star resort in Danang at a tourism forum on Facebook.

According to her, before the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, the price of a three-day-two-night package at a 5-star resort was about VND10 million (US$450) per person. At present, this price has been halved, even reduced to two-thirds. Besides, the accompanying services are almost free. Then, travelers have loads of good options for their vacations.

“Currently, resort room rates in Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa Province), Phu Quoc Island (Kien Giang Province), Da Nang, and Hoi An ancient town (Quang Nam Province) are down by 50% to 60%,” she said.

According to the experts, in the context of the prolonged Covid-19 pandemic, many hotels and resorts offer promotions and discounts to attract travelers, in an attempt to offset part of the pandemic impacts in the fiscal year of 2021.

“Travel companies look for tourists who have money, want to travel but with safety. In addition, the price reduction also targets the affluent customer segment, because the lower costs will stimulate their demand to enjoy luxury services at bargain prices”, General Director of HTS International Phan Dinh Thao stated.

InterContinental Hanoi Westlake Hotel, Tay Ho District, Hanoi. Photo: IHG Hotels & Resorts

According to Vu Lam, Agoda Country Director of Vietnam, the vaccination roll-out continues across the country, with 75% of the population aged 18 and over in Ho Chi Minh City and 47% of those in Hanoi fully vaccinated. “With the immunization in full speed, it’s a safe time for travel,” he said. 

The newly launched “Vaxxed To Go platform” by Agoda not only provides good choices on accommodations for travelers but also protect them from coronavirus. Both accommodation staff and guests are allowed to accommodate at the resorts only by showing proof of full vaccination with the second dose administered fifteen days before.

“We aim to do our part in restoring and reviving the domestic travel economy in Vietnam by providing exciting and great value deals to vaccinated travelers, as well as support our hotel partners, those have been hit the hardest by the pandemic,” he said.

Agoda’s promotional campaign that is valid until January 2022 will offer unique packages at over 100+ hotels across Vietnam, including La Siesta Premium in Hanoi, Lotte Hotel, The Silverland and hotels and The Myst in Ho Chi Minh city.

Each of these travel packages comes with some benefits, making the accommodation plus packages great value deals. These added benefits give vaccinated guests an even more relaxing stay, and range from priority check-ins, early check-ins, or late check-outs; a variety of food and beverage discounts; and unique on-site experiences such as spa and wellness deals.

The Grand Ho Tram Strip in Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province. Photo courtesy of the resort.

Being a part of Vietnam’s tourism revival, The Grand Ho Tram Strip, in partnership with the People’s Committee of the Ba Ria – Vung Tau, launches a pilot program offering city-weary visitors a chance to spend an entire week on the idyllic shores of Ho Tram.

The ultra-exclusive, seven-night Ho Tram Staycation packages include room and breakfast only, half board (room, breakfast and dinner included) and full board (room, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included) options.

The price is from VND37,346,400 ($1,596) net for seven nights for the room and breakfast package, and at VND46,800,000 ($2,000) and VND54,756,000 ($2,340 USD) for the half and full board packages respectively for two people.

 The Moevenpick Hotel Hanoi, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Photo courtesy of the hotel.

For the hotel’s “Staycation” package for weekend stay, clients enjoy a 20% off for room with breakfast included when book for weekend. The benefits include the daily breakfast, early check-in and check-out and a discount 25% for F&B services, among others.In Hanoi, the Moevenpick Hotel Hanoi has offered some accommodation offers that are valid by the end of November. The “Holiday Saver” package worth just from VND2,500,000 per room night ($111). The package includes daily breakfast for two; hotel credit of VND900,000 ($40) for using hotel services of client’s choice; free breakfast for a child under 12 using existing parent’s bedding and a free cancellation charge up to 24 hours prior to arrival.

Sheraton Hanoi Hotel offers the “Westlake Retreat” at the price starting from VND2,400,00 ($106) for single accommodation and VND2,975,000 ($130) for double accommodation per night. The prices are including buffet breakfasts and buffet dinners as well as other benefits of early check in, late check out and complimentary room upgrade. The booking period is valid from now on to November 30 for stay until 30 December 2021.

Sheraton Hanoi Hotel, Tay Ho District, Hanoi. Photo courtesy of the hotel.

In the more affordable segment, SOJO Hotels also introduces big promotional packages called “Couple Chill” which includes a combo of dinner and room at these brand hotels in Nam Dinh, Thai Binh, Bac Giang at prices ranging from VND799,000 ($35) to VND999,000 ($45) for two people.

In addition, the newly opened SOJO Hotel Ga Hanoi offers a 30% discount on room rates and an additional 10% discount when client pay for their accommodations via hotel’s website. The “Combo JO Len Tau” (Let’s get into the train) is priced at VND869,000 ($38) including one room night and one signature Cocktail Train à la Gare upon check-in. The “Combo JO Hang Xieu” which is priced at VND995,000 ($44) includes one night accommodation, free beer drinking within two hours for one person per night room. The application period for these promotional packages lasts until the end of December 31, 2021.

Attractive culinary programs

1-Michelin star chef Joseph Lidgerwood. Photo: Tripadvisor.com

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi will host Korean Food Week, guided by 1-Michelin star chef Joseph Lidgerwood, a famous Australian chef currently living in Seoul and owner of restaurant Evett, Korea. The exquisite dishes featured  Liver Parfait with Assorted Namul Muchim; Stuffed Persimmon with Creamy Halibut Tartar and Citrus; and Gochujang Glazed Wagyu Beef & Paprika Crisps, among others. The program will last until the end of November.

Bringing a lovely sensation to the plates, Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake presents “Exclusive take-away afternoon tea” with an enchanting touch of serving up in a fancy design.

With charming twist  of serving up in an exquisite decoration, the hotel’s take-away version of the elegant afternoon tea line-up features a nicely-balanced mix of pastries and savories of 24K mini croissant with Parma and Arugula leaf; smoked salmon sandwich; mini soft roll with prawn and spicy mango salsa; blueberry macaron; lemon tart and an array of irresistible sweet cakes promising a dedicate English-style afternoon-tea party. 

Afternoon Tea Set offered by Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake Hotel, Giang Vo Lake, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. Photo courtesy of the hotel.

Pan Pacific Hanoi Hotel introduces “All You Can Eat” dining menu at its Ming restaurant offering58 Cantonese delights and dim sum. The highlight dishes are including fish and clam abalone dumpling, deep-fried pork rib with Peking sauce and snapper fillet fish in soya sauce. Prices start from VND750,000 ($33) for adult and VND375,000 ($16.6) for children (valid for minimum booking of two adults).

The hotel has also offered the “City Light Set Dinner” gastronomic program at The Summit Bar (20th floor) at the price from VND1,500,000 ($66.7) per couple including special three-course dinner and drinks. The menu features Western dishes of baked oyster with tomato lime dressing and organic Mesclun salad; baked king prawn with passion fruit puree and Panna Cotta cake for dessert. 

The “All You Can Eat” menu at Ming restaurant, Pan Pacific Hanoi Hotel, Tay Ho District, Hanoi. Photo courtesy of the hotel.

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