New tourism spot in Danang: sequence of a spoilt new opportunity for Vietnam

Near central's Vietnam city of Danang a new great tourism location had been found. Thanks to social media and young sharing, the regular under water rocks now appear over showing a beautiful green moss, together with waves and open ocean offering a great spot to enjoy: a natural phenomenon attracting visitors from provinces nearby. Disappointment guaranteed for any visitor coming to the area. Sequence comes as follows: - Discovery of spot and pristine area - Massive herds of people visiting the area, pictures and social media explote - Mobile & motorbike stalls mushrooming selling plastic snacks & beverages without control - Garbage and waste is left all over the zone without any consideration - New visitors to the place observe the mess and never return to visit, publish online pictures of the all around waste and talk to their contacts on not to visit Such above points happening today in Vietnam and in many destinations, finding authorities sleeping and without taking any

Da Lat losing attractiveness as tourism spot

Da Lat in Vietnam's highlands tourism development plans, seeking approval from Lam Dong provincial authorities: - Casino in the tourist area known as "valley of love" - Move actual night "hell market" to new location - A 900 metres food station near Hoang Van Thu lake Seeing the comments on the article ("bye bye Da Lat", "another Sa Pa destroyed destination",...) seems Lam Dong province should at least listen to tourism expert planners again, love to be heard together with the many international advisors calling a proper plan ahead... https://e.vnexpress.net/news/travel/da-lat-plans-to-build-casino-to-boost-nighttime-economy-4568703.html Da Lat plans to build casino to boost nighttime economy By  Phuoc Tuan    February 9, 2023 | 08:58 pm GMT+7 The Valley of Love in Da Lat in Vietnam's Central Highlands. Photo by VnExpress/Phuoc Tuan  Authorities in Da Lat Town in the Central Highlands want to build a casino and a new night market and set

Vietnam investments in Laos, a shoot at your foot?

While it is good to see Vietnam as third international investor in Lao PDR, would be good to see the particular interest related to hydropower and dams construction in the neighbour country: the Mekong delta is dying due to the Chinese built plants but Vietnam also supporting several constructions. The second main interest is mining, which is also related to environmental protection, non existing sustainability plans and pure economic analysis. Shooting your own foot perhaps? Leave it open for discussion. https://www.vientianetimes.org.la/freeContent/FreeConten2023_Vietnamese10.php Vietnamese investment in Laos surges 52.5 percent The value of investment by Vietnamese companies in Laos reached US$180 million in 2022, an increase of 52.5 percent, according to a VietnamPlus report.   In the meantime, Lao companies are operating 10 investment projects worth over US$71 million in Vietnam. The figures were revealed during the two countries’ investment cooperation conference held in Vientian

Tourist destination of Sa Pa destroyed after over construction and wrong development

Tourist minorities spot of Sa Pa in Northern Vietnam had been abused for years without proper control. - Over-construction in both village center & around. - Destruction of environment. - Close to zero sustainability consideration. - Limited community involvement. - Children & street sellers topic unsolved. - Zero carrying capacity studies never applied. Sadly to observe, many potential visitors no longer interested in such spoiled destination, personally heard several returning tourists taking Sa Pa out of their plans. Neither national or provincial authorities taking any action at all, in opposite way other destinations falling on same mistakes. Sure Vietnam and all Lao Cai province residents can do better, solutions available for all topics above. https://e.vnexpress.net/news/readers-views/excitement-turns-to-frustrations-during-trip-to-sa-pa-after-20-years-4557975.html Excitement turns to frustration in Sa Pa after 20 years Aerial view of Sa Pa. Photo by Shutterstock Sloppy

Five questions for the hotel industry to ponder entering 2023

Jan Freitag With a mild recession on the horizon for 2023, hotel owners and operators are looking forward to a year when the ongoing recovery intersects with an economic slowdown. Here are five questions that will be on investors’ and managers’ minds as the hotel industry embarks on the new year. 1. Can Average Daily Rate Growth Continue or Will the Recession Stop Growth? Average Daily Rate, or ADR, in October was 15% higher than 2021 and 16.8% higher than in 2019. But can this growth continue? The STR forecast answers this question with a resounding yes. The current iteration calls for 1.7% ADR growth in 2023. Looking back over the past 24 months, the upside was strong pricing power. It became obvious quickly that room rate discounts did not induce demand so operators who stuck to their rates are now in a much better position to drive ADR. How much could a recession matter? It seems like the old adage of two consecutive quarters of GDP decline, which economic observers informally use

New year, new podcast: 8 million international arrivals to Vietnam

Podcast link below: https://vnexpress.net/du-lich-viet-nen-lam-gi-de-dat-8-trieu-khach-quoc-te-4555003.html Du lịch Việt nên làm gì để đạt 8 triệu khách quốc tế? Miễn thị thực ba tháng, mở văn phòng đại diện tại các nước... là những cách có thể ngay lập tức giúp Việt Nam gia tăng lượng khách quốc tế, theo chuyên gia. Seems by the number of comments and suggestions by listeners a good positive aim is coming this 2023. Good entrance to the new year to all our readers, associates and supporters, will keep sharing in the upcoming news and trends. MQL Sustainable Tourism Services Team

No waste management in Hoa Binh, North Vietnam, similar case scenario in many other Vietnamese provinces

Question of prioritising waste management in Hoa Binh province, Northern Vietnam, the same topic repeated in all rest of provinces along the country. Pictures of un-treated waste, piles of landfills and garbage not entering the circular economy are just impactful. Meanwhile we do consider Hoa Binh as one of the iconic green tourism destinations in Vietnam. Time to tackle it or to delay the correct waste management procedures countrywide, our help and many colleagues in the sector is on the table for public sector to benefit from... https://www.linkedin.com/posts/activity-7007584870826721280-jRr3?utm_source=post_nba&utm_medium=member_desktop&utm_campaign=copy