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115 hotels & resorts win The Guide Awards

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115 hotels & resorts win The Guide Awards

Photo: Quang Phuc (VET)

With the theme "Green Tourism for a Green Economy", 18th The Guide Awards held on Phu Quoc Island on October 6.

by Ngoc Chi

The 18th The Guide Awards were held by the Vietnam Economic Times Group at the Novotel Phu Quoc Resort  on Phu Quoc Island on October 6, with theme “Green Tourism for a Green Economy”.

This is the first time The Guide Awards has been held on Phu Quoc Island, known as Vietnam’s “pearl island” and with pristine beaches and smooth white sands.

The number of international visitors to Vietnam this year as at September is estimated at 9,448,331, an increase of 28.4 per cent year-on-year.

Phu Quoc Island welcomed 242,999 international visitors, up 25.1 per cent year-on-year, with revenue of VND2.87 trillion ($126.2 million), up 24.9 per cent, according to the latest figures from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.

This shows the attraction the island holds, with 62 per cent of its area being primitive forest and with hundreds of kilometers of coastline. Tourism is developing strongly on the island, with a series of high-end condominium projects being built and opening soon.

It is expected that, by 2020, Phu Quoc Island will have an additional 10,000 hotel rooms and attract higher numbers of both domestic and international visitors. The problem, however, is that without a proper planning it is likely that the island will face over-development, which will affect its environmental and natural resources.

Such factors are why this year’s The Guide Awards were held on Phu Quoc Island. With the theme “Green Tourism for a Green Economy”, The Guide Awards aspires to be a bridge where travel agencies and policy makers can meet and discuss green and sustainable tourism development into the future.

With criteria regarding green values and sustainable development, the Organizing Board surveyed, collected opinions, voted, and honored 115 tourism providers, divided into six groups: Resorts, Hotels, Apartments for Rent, Restaurants, Travel Agents, and shopping and healthcare services.

Top-notch awards were presented to six resorts: Amanoi Resort, An Lam Retreats Ninh Van Bay, Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, Nam Nghi Phu Quoc Island, and Naman Retreat.

In the hotel group, top-notch awards went to four hotels: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel, The Reverie Saigon Hotel, Park Hyatt Saigon, and JW Marriott Hanoi.

Photo: Quang Phuc (VET)

Eight other tourism units were presented with a Green Lotus Award 2017, in recognition of them protecting the environment and natural resources: Amanoi Resort, An Lam Retreats Ninh Van Bay, Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa, KOI Resort & Spa Hoi An, Laguna Langco, Mango Bay Resort, Nam Nghi Phu Quoc Island, and Princess d’An Nam Resort & Spa.

The Guide Awards are an annual event organized by the Vietnam Economic Times Group’s The Guide magazine, recognizing the achievements and contributions of enterprises, organizations, individuals, and localities in Vietnam to the country’s tourism development.

First held in 1999, The Guide Awards are sponsored by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and the Vietnam Economic Science Association. The Awards have gained in prestige over the years and earned recognition and appreciation from tourism enterprises and State management agencies.

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