Vietnam has some splendid luxury hotels. In Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt Saigon has beautiful gardens. Six Senses Con Dao, 45 minutes’ flight from Ho Chi Minh City, has had a strong following since its opening in 2010. InterContinental
Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is designed, inside and out, by Bill Bensley. In Hanoi, Sofitel Legend Metropole has heritage dating back to 1901, when it was opened by Compagnie Française Immobilière, and today GM William Haandrikman is himself a legend.
Now, Radisson Hotel Group zeroes in on Vietnam, which had 14.5 million international tourists January-October 2019, up 13% on the same period 2018. There are already Radisson Blu hotels in Phu Quoc and Cam Ranh, and will soon launch in Hoi An, while the signature Radisson brand will soon debut in Phu Quoc. The Group has, in addition, signed three new hotels on the country’s captivating coastline.
Vietnam is one of the world’s most attractive countries, with strong economic growth, a vibrant culture and spectacular scenery. Danang has emerged as an important regional hub for business and leisure travel, while Quy Nhon and Dong Hoi are prime locations about to open up to international tourism. Our upscale Radisson and upper-upscale Radisson Blu are perfectly suited to domestic and overseas guests in these up-and-coming destinations, says Katerina Giannouka, President, Asia Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group.
The 182-key Radisson Hotel Danang, ten minutes from Danang airport, opens mid-2020. Early 2021 sees the opening of Radisson Hotel Quang Binh, in colonial style. Under an hour from Phu Cat Airport, Radisson Blu Resort, Quy Nhon, opening 2023, is in Binh Dinh province, approximately halfway between Hoi An and Nha Trang. There will be 120 keys in the main building and 160 standalone villas, surrounded by lush landscaped gardens. Quy Nhon is home to ancient Cham temples, traditional fishing villages, idyllic islands and picturesque pagodas.
Parallel to what is happening in Vietnam, generally, is the evolution of Radisson Hotel Group. On the branding side there have been some fun hotels (think Park Inns generally, and Radisson Red Cape Town, which has a full-size truck on its rooftop). There are high-gastronomy hotels (say Sea Grill at Radisson Blu Brussels).
Now Radisson Hotel Group is determined to up its range by adding luxury, branded as Radisson Hotel Collection. This elite grouping was launched with the 6th March 2018 re-naming of what is now Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Copenhagen, Denmark. The iconic 70-metre tall building, which was opened 1st July 1960 by Denmark’s King Frederick IX and Queen Ingrid, was designed by Arne Jacobsen. In Asia Pacific, Australia’s 1878-vintage Blue Mountains Imperial will join Radisson Collection when the hotel re-opens in 2023.
There are therefore two messages from this story – watch Vietnam, and watch Radisson Hotel Group.