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105 winners of The Guide Awards

Released at: 21:36, 11/09/2016

105 winners of The Guide Awards

Photos: Viet Tuan

Tourism and tourism-related enterprises honored for their efforts and achievements at The Guide Awards held on September 11.

by Ngoc Lan-Duy Anh

Vietnam Economic Times held the 17th The Guide Awards on September 11 at the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi with the theme “Joining Hands to Develop Sustainable Tourism and Protect the Environment”.

Awards were presented to 105 resorts, apartments, restaurants, healthcare providers, travel agencies, transport companies, galleries and other service providers nationwide with the best tourism practices.

Mr. Nguyen Phu Binh, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Vietnam Economic Times, told the ceremony that The Guide Awards present opportunities for tourism enterprises to meet, exchange and connect. “The Awards also provide timely recognition and honor the remarkable achievements of organizations and enterprises that have made positive contributions to the development of Vietnam’s tourism industry,” he added.

The Guide Awards also raise awareness among individuals, organizations, enterprises, and tourists about environmental protection and promote sustainable tourism development.

“The message The Guide wishes to send to all of you present here today as well as to businesses operating in the tourism sector is let’s work together and do everything possible to protect our precious environment,” Mr. Binh said. 

A discussion was held as part of the Awards ceremony regarding the limitations and inadequacies of Vietnam’s tourism sector. Some concern has been expressed since Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Vuong Dinh Hue told the National Meeting for Tourism Development in Hoi An in early August that for every ten international tourists that come to Vietnam, seven do not want to return.

Historian Mr. Duong Trung Quoc, though, believes there should be no great concern and “we should focus on the number of tourists returning rather than those who do not come back,” he said.

Award recipients included famous hotels such as the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi, the Apricot Hotel, the Sheraton Hotel, and the Melia Hanoi, attractive resorts including Mercure Bana Hills French Village, Banyan Tree Lang Co Resort, and Flamingo Dai Lai Resort, and major travel agents such as Oriental Paradise Cruises, Sanest Tourist and South Pacific Travel.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Huyen, Senior Marketing Communications Manager at the Sheraton Hanoi Hotel, which was a winner, told VET that this is the second time the Sheraton has picked an Award, following its first in 2014. “This time around there has been a change in the Awards, as not only business figures are taken into account but also corporate social responsibility activities,” she said.

The Guide Awards were first organized in 1999 by The Guide magazine, the English-language tourism and leisure publication of Vietnam Economic Times, with enterprises honored for their contribution to and development of Vietnam’s tourism sector.

The number of international tourists arriving in Vietnam in August reached 899,738, an increase of 6.3 per cent against July and up 34.4 per cent year-on-year, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO). Total international arrivals in the first eight months reached 6.4 million, 25.4 per cent higher year-on-year, while domestic tourists numbered 43.1 million.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc told the National Meeting for Tourism Development that tourism must become a sustainably developing economic sector and contribute to socioeconomic development.

The target of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) for Vietnam to welcome 8.5 million international tourists this year is well within reach as in the first eight months the figure was three-quarters of the target.

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