According to BT Tee, general manager of SES Vietnam Exhibition Services, the Vietnamese tourism industry is set to grow for the foreseeable future as Vietnam continues to establish itself as a leading holiday destination in Southeast Asia.
In the period between 2010 - 2016, the average annual growth rate of international visitors to Vietnam was reported to be higher than that of the 2006 - 2010 period. It is further predicted that the country expects to receive up to 17-20 million international visitors and 82 million domestic visitors by 2020.
This steady growth in both international and domestic tourism has accelerated the opening of more international-branded properties and tourist accommodation establishments in Vietnam.
Statistics show that by the end of 2016, there is a total of 21,000 accommodation facilities with a total of 420,000 rooms across the country, up 11 per cent in the number of facilities and 18 per cent in the number of rooms compared to 2015. Among them, there are 797 three to five-star hotels with more than 80,000 rooms, including 104 five-star hotels, 230 four-star hotels and 463 three-star hotels.
“At a time when the tourism and hospitality sectors continue to flourish, the biannual Food&HotelVietnam trade event provides a valuable sourcing opportunity for the products and services catering to the food and hospitality industries, ranging from the finest and most unique food ingredients, to food service, kitchen and catering equipment, hotel amenities and software solutions,” he noted.
Within the framework of the exhibition, the conference program covers a series of industry topics so delegates can glean in-depth knowledge, keep up with the emerging trends and further understand evolving customer needs to stay ahead of the curve.
This year, the Vietnam Hotel Association will join forces with Food&HotelVietnam to organise Vietnam Hotel Business and Investment Conference with an estimated participation of over 300 senior delegates from luxury hotels.
The conference expects to offer opportunities for industry insights, knowledge share, best practices and business networking with various professionals from all facets of the hospitality industry.
Other highlights of the show include the highly-regarded culinary and barista competitions - opening up a wealth of opportunity for participants to test their skills in an intense and action-packed series of challenges.