Phu Quoc, Hoi An brace for Tet tourist influx


A foreign man joins the crowd to ring in the New Year in Phu Quoc, Dec. 31 2023. Photo by Nhat Le

Popular tourist destinations like Phu Quoc, Hoi An and Da Lat have reported hotel occupancy rates of over 90% during the upcoming Tet holidays starting next week.

Bel Marina Hoi An Resort and Emerald Hoi An Riverside Resort said occupancy would be over 95%, and 97%, with the latter booked mainly by South Korean tourists.

On Phu Quoc Island, three-star hotels and resorts are fully booked.

Luxury villas on the southern tip are nearly full to an influx of foreign tourists, according to Mustgo, a booking platform with 2,000 hotel partners in the country.

The Central Highlands city of Da Lat, expected to be the most crowded destination during Vietnam's biggest holidays, also reported occupancy rates of 90%.

Colline Hotel near Da Lat Market is fully booked from Feb. 12-15 while MerPerle Hotel has no rooms available from Feb. 10-16.

The Lunar New Year starts on Feb. 10.

But in the central region between Da Nang and Phan Thiet, hotels have lots of rooms available.

In Nha Trang and Cam Ranh, international five-star hotels reported average occupancy of over 50% but local properties are doing better at around 80%.

A spokesperson for Movenpick Cam Ranh said the hotel was 55% booked between Feb. 10 and 14, with the guests mostly being South Korean and Chinese tourists.

In popular beach city Quy Nhon, occupancy rates are 30-35% for the five-star segment and 50% for the three- and four- star segments.

Many hotels in Da Nang have waived Tet surcharges to attract tourists, but three- and four-star hotels there only reported 40% occupancy.

In Vung Tau and Phan Thiet, they are nearly 70% for five-star hotels and 30-40% for others.