The opening next April of a Mercure Hotel (AccorHotels) in Haiphong, Vietnam busiest port city in the North, Haiphong is likely to gain more international interest due to the strong brand.
So far, there is only one international brand present in Haiphong, and probably not the best known outside Asia. The AVANI Haiphong Harbour View is the only four-star property in town, with a total number of 120 rooms and two restaurants. The hotel is part of Thailand based Minor Hotels. There is also a Somerset property, another four-star hotel-residence integrated to a shopping mall.
Now comes competition with the new Mercure Haiphong slated for opening next April. The Mercure property will have 176 stylish guest rooms and 57 fully equipped serviced apartments. Most rooms will feature stunning views of the city or the harbour area.
Mercure Haiphong will also offer six meeting rooms, one restaurant that offers Western, Korean and Asian cuisines in BBQ and buffet style, 2 bars, 1 Spa & Fitness Centre and a crystal clear rooftop pool with a Sky Pool Bar. The striking contemporary building is also part of SHP Plaza mall complex and integrates as well 247 luxury business apartments.
Accor looks at Haiphong recent development which is increasingly position as a gateway to neighbouring Halong Bay – one hour away from the city- as well as Cat Ba Island, a resort island developed by the municipality. By 2025, Ha Long Bay-Cat Ba island complex is hoped to be recognized by UNESCO as the world’s natural heritage while Cat Ba island will become an international tourism destination, and Do Son district a national tourism area.
The city received last year some 5.5 million domestic and international travellers and has ambitions to accommodate up to 8 million travellers over the next decade. Last year, Haiphong Airport turned international with low cost carrier Vietjet offering direct flights to Bangkok and Seoul. Nine destinations are served by Vietjet out of Haiphong. other domestic carriers serving Haiphong include Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific.