Saigon Tourist to increase rooms in HCM City

(SGT-HCMC) Vietnam’s biggest tourism corporation Saigontourist has set out a high target to have around 2,000 more high-end hotel rooms in the next five years, bringing to at least 6,000 five-star rooms by 2012, the company’s top leader said.

Nguyen Huu Tho, general director of Saigontourist Holding Company, said here on Saturday that the company would build and upgrade numerous hotels in HCMC, Hanoi and some other major destinations around the country.

The aim is to increase the number of high-standard rooms by 50% within the next five years, Tho said at the ground-breaking ceremony on Saturday to expand the four-star Grand Hotel in downtown HCMC into a five-star facility.

“We are focusing (resources) on projects to expand and build hotels, office buildings and trade centers, with an aim to have at least 6,000 five-star rooms in the next five years, including rooms at joint-venture projects,” he said.

Given the strong tourism development, HCMC’s tourism authorities estimate that the city should face a shortage of 14,500 hotel rooms by 2010, including 7,000 three- to five-star hotels.

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