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GBA Oktoberfest 2018 on horizon

Released at: 11:41, 03/09/2018

GBA Oktoberfest 2018 on horizon

Photo: Hong Nhung (VET)

Celebrations to be held in HCMC from September 19 to 22 and in Hanoi from October 11 to 13.

by Khanh Chi

Twenty-six years ago, in 1992, the German business community in Vietnam gathered together and brought to Vietnam one of Germany’s most popular social and cultural events: Oktoberfest. This set an important milestone in Vietnam’s event calendar, and Oktoberfest has now become one of the most-anticipated celebrations that every year welcomes more than 9,000 expats and local people over six evenings in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

The event will be co-hosted by the German Businesses Association (GBA) and the Delegate of German Industry and Commerce in Vietnam (GIC/AHK Vietnam) under the patronage of the Embassy of Germany in Vietnam.

The GBA Oktoberfest in Ho Chi Minh City will take place at the Hotel Nikko Saigon over four days, from Wednesday, September 19 to Saturday, September 22. Celebrations in Hanoi will be over three days from Thursday, October 11 to Saturday, October 13 at the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi.

GBA has been cooperating with both venues for several years, not only because of their five-star hospitality services but also because of their unique facilities, which provide spacious open ground where a large tent, the “Festzelt”, can be set up, just like in Germany. This is one of the main factors in creating an authentic Bavarian party experience right here in Vietnam and the Festzelt can accommodate up to 1,200-1,500 guests each evening.

To enhance the genuine atmosphere of a real Oktoberfest, this year the GBA will introduce premium imported German beer and exclusive Oktoberfest brews in both locations. Guests can also enjoy a buffet of premium German cuisine that will delight and excite the taste buds, as well as free-flow premium beers in your very own Oktobefest beer stein.

“We are happy and proud to announce the 26th GBA Oktoberfest in Vietnam, continuing the tradition founded by the German business community many years ago,” said Mr. Thomas Debelic, Chairman of the GBA. “We have continuously worked on improving the setting in order to create an authentic atmosphere in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. For the past three years the GBA Oktoberfest in Ho Chi Minh City has been upscaled, with an original German beer tent, German beer, German music, and German food.”

“We are pleased to invite you to the GBA Oktoberfest Vietnam 2018 - a highlight of our annual social events in Vietnam and where the German, Vietnamese and international business communities celebrate with colleagues, partners and friends,” said Mr. Marko Walde, Chief Representative of GIC/AHK Vietnam. “We wish all our guests much cheer moments and hope that GBA Oktoberfest Vietnam 2018 will kick-off new partnerships for them as well.”

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