Vietnam’s Tourism Real Estate Sector

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According to forecasts, in the next 5-10 years, Vietnam will remain as an attractive destination for foreign investors. In which the tourism real estate sector is preparing to welcome a new wave of investments with large-scale projects.

A report of Capital Partners Group Vietnam shows that in the next 5-10 years, GDP per capita of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will be equivalent to those of some large cities in Southeast Asia. Therefore, beachfront apartments will become the new growth segments.

Mr. Kenneth Atkinson, CEO of Grant Thornton Consulting Group Vietnam claiming that the living standard of people in general are more advanced, the demand for tourism is growing and a lot of foreign investors are heading their attention to resort projects. The demand for hotels, luxury resorts in the long term are remains high, therefore the number of projects in the hotel and resort sectors will continue to increase with more luxury resorts to meet diverse customer demand.

Recently, many localities have also implemented plan and urged local and foreign investors to invest in tourism real estate projects.

For example, recently, Quang Ninh is calling for investors to set-up business and invest in Vietnam for the period from now till 2020, including projects: coastal resorts, tourism, casino…There are some huge projects: Casino and entertainment complex with scale up to 2,000 hectares in Van Don with a total investment of 4-5 billion USD, Phoenix resort projects (Van Don) 250 million USD; Dam Nha Mac Service Industrial Park with 3,170 hectares and 530 million USD…

In Binh Dinh province, Vingroup has built the Hai Giang tourism project, with a total of more than 650 hectares, a total investment of nearly 3,500 billion VND. In 2015, it is expected that Vingroup can supply over 830 seaside villas to the market from three locations: Phu Quoc, Nha Trang and Da Nang.

FLC Group is also preparing to launch the complex project of golf course, resort, villas and high-end entertainment named FLC Nhon Ly in Nhon Ly Commune, Quy Nhon city. The project has a total investment of 3.500 billion VND.

Most recently, M.I.K Company has introduced the Sol House luxury resort project in Phu Quoc. The project is expected to be launched in early 2016, with a total investment of over 40 million USD, including 260 hotel rooms and villas, spa, indoor and outdoor entertainment areas, two restaurants, beach bar…

Mr. Than Thanh Vu, Deputy Chairman of Tourism Real Estate Association also said that recent moves of the Government on reducing the administrative procedures will provide ventilation for the real estate business, real estate market in general and tourism real estate in particular. In the next phase, tourism real estate sector will have a rapid growth.

Furthermore, Mr. Nguyen Nam Son, Executive Director of Capital Partners Vietnam said that: “If in the future, Vietnam can minimize the troublesome administrative procedures, increase Government budget on promoting tourism of Vietnam on international channels, travel trade fairs, open representative offices in foreign countries…, that will help Vietnam tourism industry and tourism real estate sector to grow fast”.

“Because investors are lack of information about the policy, project planning therefore they do not know where to invest in, which specific projects, for how long… so the local governments should organize more meetings, dialogues for domestic and foreign investors to exchange with each other and discuss with the leaders of the provinces and thereby make the appropriate investment decisions, “said Mr. Jonathan Tizzard, Department of hotel and resort, Cushman & Wakefield Vietnam.

According to Mr. Jonathan, the coastal localities like Nha Trang, Da Nang, Hai Phong, Binh Thuan, Ninh Thuan will become the most attractive destination in the next 5 years. In particular, the island of Phu Quoc (Kien Giang) has great potential to become a “hot” destination. Phu Quoc is not soon becoming an attractive casino center and tourism in Southeast Asia if the open policy of Government that enterprises can invest in resorts include casino soon to be widely implemented.

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