Surging arrivals to Vietnam buoys outlook for Hanoi hotel sector

02 Apr 2019  527 | World Travel News

The rapid growth in international tourist arrivals to Vietnam has contributed to a positive short- to mid-term outlook for the Hanoi hotel industry, STR Global’s data and analysis revealed.

During the first two months of 2019, Hanoi reported double-digit increases in ADR (+10.1% to VND 2.9 million (equivalent to US$123) and RevPAR (+14% to VND 2.2 million). Occupancy rose 3.5% to 77%, driven by a 4.1% jump in demand. The market experienced slight RevPAR growth in 2018 (+0.4%) once again pushed by ADR (+3.7%).

“Vietnam has become a popular destination for tourists, as international arrivals have tripled from five million visitors in 2010 to 15.5 million in 2018,” said Jesper Palmqvist, STR’s area director for Asia-Pacific.

“Later during that time period, Hanoi saw an uptick in supply when the metric grew roughly 4% for 12 consecutive months ending with July 2018. However, the current slowdown in development has certainly helped ease the pressure off of overall performance.”

There are 224 hotels accounting for 17,615 rooms in Hanoi. The market continues to remain full of smaller hotels, with almost 75% of all hotels at 100 rooms or fewer, and 60% of all hotels with fewer than 50 rooms. There are roughly 3,000 rooms in the development pipeline, with fewer than 1,000 rooms expected to open in 2019.

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