Festivals In Vietnam: Filling Up A Designer Hotel In Saigon

Festivals, regardless where they are held, are considerably fun events. In many ways, these festivals, both traditional and newer kinds of festivals especially in the digital age that we are living in right now, have the capability to draw a huge amount of crowd. That’s is the reason why festivals are one of the events that are undergo huge number of heavy and serious preparations that usually take up to 1 year before the actual date of the festival. In Vietnam, especially in the city of Saigon, the Vietnamese tourism sector, together with the city’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has started implementing a new  tourism strategy which include the promoting the traditional festivals as an alternative measure to lure more tourists to visit the country. This new strategy, labelled as the Vietnam Tourism Development Strategy, will run up to the year 2020 as it is intended for the purpose of developing new tourism-related products for each region that have close relations to the said festivals. Assuming that this strategy works out positively, just imagine the number of vacationists that fill up a designer hotel in Saigon especially when there are festivals that are about to be held in the premises in the city.

One of the main reasons why Vietnam tourism officials are pushing promoting festivals as a tool to lure more tourist arrivals is that there are a grand total of 54 ethnic group in the country of Vietnam who have been holding various festivals and the officials are believing that each of the said festivals can become a potential tourist attraction. These festivals, according to tourism officials, can help create new products and recreate old products to make their vast line up of tourism-related products more attractive especially foreign visitors who make the super majority of the tourist visits throughout the country.  Promoting the traditional festivals in Vietnam will not only fill up a designer hotel in Saigon. If properly employed, Vietnam’s new strategy in luring more tourist arrivals will make sure that there will be a viable growth in the tourism industry. Most importantly, it will hugely help in preserving the traditional cultural values of the Vietnamese.


The Best Tourist Destinations In Thailand According To Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor, an international travel website has recently released Travelers Choice Listings for 2017. Included in the list are 5 of the most loved tourist destinations which are all in Thailand. Top 25 Best Destinations in Asia for 2017 include the southern islands of Phuket, Ko Samui and Ko Tao as well as the cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

The five destinations always make an appearance at the top of Trip Advisor’s Travelers Choice Listing which is based on the quantity and quality of reviews from visitors and ratings on the website of Trip Advisor that was generated from the previous 12-month period.

According to Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket that took 3rd place, Ko Samui at 7th place and Ko Tao at 11th place are considered as the best beaches in Asia. Visitors to Thailand can experience a tropical paradise with warm waters and swaying palms while waiting for an authentic Thai seafood dinner.

In contrast to beaches, Bangkok and Chiang Mai are bustling cities that offer shopping, culture, food and history. According to reviews from Trip Advisor’s travelers, Bangkok is well loved because of the floating markets, golden palaces and porcelain-laid spires. Meanwhile Chiang Mai is more known for its night markets, ancient temples and magnificent botanical gardens.

Phuket which happens to be rated as the 10th Best in World by Trip Advisor’s travelers has blue lagoons and spectacular sunsets. Ko Samui in the Gulf of Thailand is considered unique because it allows visitors to experience local culture and fishing communities. Ko Tao which is also located in the Gulf of Thailand boasts of 300 hundred days of sunshine every year.

Meanwhile, Trip Advisor is the world’s largest travel website that gathers reviews from millions of travelers that have experienced various destinations, hotels, attractions and restaurants from all over the world.

If you are searching for Pattaya property, your best option is to work with a reputable and professional real estate agency that is knowledgeable and experienced on houses for sale and condos for sale in the region. Their guidance is very important particularly if you are not familiar with Pattaya.


Business Trips Getting Stretched Out To Leisure

According to a study by Luth Research, a tourism research firm, the business travelers that extend business trips with recreation are an increasing segment in the global travel market.

Results from the study

The study that was commissioned by the Expedia Media Solutions revealed that about 43 percent of the business trips in the United States are combined with some leisure days, with a lot of trips that last for at least four days.

According to Candice Rab, who is Luth Research’s senior vice-president for latest products and business development, some American business travelers that are participating in team buildings, client meetings, conferences or conventions want to extend trips to leisure since about 60 percent of them do not have normal holidays.

Additionally, 66 percent of the business travelers lean towards spending extra money on recreational activities. Around 84 percent of leisure trips are done in a similar city as that business trip, and 84 percent of these travelers also remain in that similar hotel.

Money on leisure activities

Destinations are the primary research topic and top decisions, with restaurant scene and sightseeing as main influences.

The study indicated that 85 percent of these trips were for sightseeing, 63 percent at the beaches, and 57 percent for food. The top 5 cities for these business leisure trips are in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and New York.

Attending events is also adding to the leisure time, with 86 percent going to cultural or festive events, 76 percent to sporting events, and 64 percent to music concerts.

The experts of Luth Research mentioned that even though this study centred primarily on the business leisure travels in the United States, the business traveler behaviour in other parts in the world is the same with American peers.

Summing up

With the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and the Tourism Authority of Thailand honing in on the meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition (MICE) travelers, the tourism and hospitality sectors, regardless if that is a business of a hotel near BTS Sala Daeng or in other parts of Bangkok, are going to benefit from this especially that, based from TCEB, a Mice traveler’s average spending is three times greater compared to other tourist types.


Chinese Travelers Prefer Thailand As Their Holiday Destination

Based on the results of a new research conducted by Hotels.com, Thailand ranked second in 2015 as the country that is highly favored by Chinese travelers. The top destination for overseas Chinese travelers is the United States. The preference for the US has remained unchanged since 2014. Hotels.com based the rankings on the number of rooms that were booked on the website’s Chinese version. Information has been gathered through the 5th annual “Chinese International Travel Monitor” that collected answers from 3,000 Chinese tourists that traveled abroad in 2015.

Other countries that are also frequently visited by Chinese travelers include Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, South Korea, France, Italy and the United Kingdom. Among the specific cities preferred by the Chinese as their international destination, it was Hong Kong and not the US which was the most visited city. Second most visited city is Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand. This certainly makes sense because Bangkok and Hong Kong are just a few hours away from Mainland China.

The report of Hotels.com also included the countries that the Chinese found to best most welcoming. The list includes Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and Thailand. However, will the data for 2016 remain the same? Remember the Thailand boycott by Chinese tourists after a Thai’s social media post about the Chinese tourists’ unruly behavior has gone viral.

For now, Thailand is on the 6th place of the top ten destinations that the Chinese hope to visit in the coming year. The top spot went to Australia.

Why is all these data very important? Chinese travelers are considered as the top global spenders. The report also revealed that 92% of Chinese travelers plan to maintain or increase their spending when they visit the scenic destinations. A third plan to spend more on travel in spite of the slowing economy.

In Thailand, it is relatively easy to travel because of the presence of trains and public buses. To Book a train in Thailand, your best option is to buy tickets from online websites. The process of booking is simple and easy because you can find all the routes on the homepage.

By Nikki Sanderson Posted in Travel

What Is Your Biggest Complaint When Travelling Through Air?

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While summer is in full swing and there are lots of people heading for the beach or to scenic places across the country or abroad. In the United States alone, the number of people that are travelling by plane is significantly increasing. About 93 percent of the population is expected to fly domestically at least once. While the figures of those that travel internationally also continue to rise. With more citizens flying, frustrations also continue to mount up.

Issues and Complaints

Before going to the downside of flying, you also have to appreciate that there are better systems in place because of the boom in the flying industry. There are now better booking ways, streamlined security and simplified check-ins. Though improvements are evident every year, the same issues and complaints come up year after year. At the top of the list is uncomfortable seating as well as limited legroom. About 77 percent of sky travelers said that they dislike this the most. Seventy percent of those surveyed reported that they dislike added fees like seat fees as well as baggage charges. Others complain about their flights cancelled. There are some who also complain about little things like loud or crying children.


Is There An Oversupply Of Condos For Sale In Hua Hin?

The peak season for Condos for Sale in Hua Hin is between March and May which means a waiting time of about a year or a year and a half before they are completely sold out. Property Perfect Pic’s first condominium project, Bella Costs in Hua Hin is worth 1.67 billion baht but its recorded presales are worth 350 million baht of total market value. About 90% of its customers are locals while the remaining 10% is foreign buyers from Asia and Europe.

Most of the demand comes from Bangkok because people are looking for a second home in the holiday resort rather than a first home. However, according to Pairoj Wattanavorodum, the managing director of The Confidence Co that launched the condominium project Trust Hua Hin 2013, Condos for Sale in Hua Hin have an oversupply because developers from Bangkok have decided to move to the holiday resort. When the economy took a downturn, demand for property in the area suffered. However, there were signs of recovery since the last quarter of 2014 and if the economy grows by at least 4%, property demand is expected to increase.

The main demand for residential units in Hua Hin comes from locals and Scandinavian countries but more recently, investors from China, Singapore and Hong Kong are showing interest in expanding their investments in Hua Hin. Other Condos for Sale in Hua Hin which were launched in 2012 are now recording presales between 40% and 60% on the average.

According to survey by Colliers International in Thailand, there will be at least 16,000 condo units in Hua Hin this year which would take at 18 months to sell even without any additional residential project that will be launched. About 8,800 units are expected to be completed this year with nearly 5,000 units located within the Cha-am area and 1,880 units in Hua Hin.

Since 2012, the prices of land that are closest to the beach have more than doubled in spite of the glut in demand. Seven years ago, land for development in Hua Hin was 20 million baht per rai but they are now valued at 120 million baht per rai. There is also a boost in the prices of property in other sites that are near the beach.


Why There Is A Sudden Demand For Smaller Phuket Villas

Over the past 10 years, Phuket’s property market has remained fluid and resilient in spite of the recent global crisis. Buyers have certainly benefitted and developers have seen the advantage of offering prices that will meet the budget of overseas investors. While there is still demand for large high quality Phuket Villas, developers have started building “boutique villa” communities on smaller land plots. These small Phuket Villas usually consist of 4 to 12 units with prices ranging from 8 million to 15 million baht.

Why is there a sudden demand for smaller Phuket Villas?

Because of the global economic crisis, buyers have reduced their budgets and while they are prepared to take risks they are only willing to invest a small capital in view of the crisis. In addition, the prices of properties of Phuket have increased substantially as well as building costs.

Developers have recognized the needs of buyers that is why they are offering two or three-bedroom private villas with a swimming pool and located in a secure and pleasant community near the beach. Buyers gain exceptional value for their money because when they own a property in Thailand, it can be easily rented out for a short term or long term period with good rental rates.

For example a three-bedroom villa with a swimming pool in Rawai and constructed with a terrace and an easy to care garden will promise unlimited enjoyment for years. There are villas with double carports, laundry/storage room and open-plan living area with a full Western kitchen featuring gorgeous wooden cabinetry, breakfast and bar and built-in stainless steel appliances. From the pool terrace, a nice landscape is within view with a pool that is perfect for relaxing.

An advantage is the view of mountains with trees peeking over the security fence. A three-bedroom apartment that is priced at 9.6 million baht usually has pool access with the master bedroom featuring an en-suite bathroom. The other two bedrooms will share the second bathroom. Built-in cabinets are present including fans and air conditioners with a dining terrace that completes a pretty picture. This is type of private villa that will generate a steady income when necessary.