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An underground war bunker has been uncovered at Hanoi’s landmark Metropole Hotel
Construction workers at Hanoi’s landmark Metropole Hotel have uncovered an underground war bunker that American folk singer Joan Baez took cover in as her countrymen bombed the capital city.
While upgrading a hotel bar in August, the workers found ghostly remnants of those who had sought refuge from the wanton American bombing of Hanoi, Vietnam’s civilian capital: the 40-square meter bunker contained an old wine bottle, a still-intact light bulb, air ducts, and graffiti.
Hotel Nikko Saigon wins more honours
Hotel Nikko Saigon has received the "Certificate of Excellence – 2014 Winner" from Tripadvisor, the world's largest travel site.
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It is for the third straight year that Hotel Nikko Saigon has won the prize from the website.
The result was based on the top 10 per cent performing hotels in HCM City in which Hotel Nikko Saigon is currently at number 2 due according to reviews and ratings uploaded by guests.
Earlier this year the hotel was named among the "Top 5-star Hotels" and "Top Ten E-Commerce Websites for Tourism" on the occasion of the annual Tourism week – Best Tourism Brand Awards event organised by the city Department of Sports, Culture and Tourism.
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JW Marriott Hanoi is now ready to serve guests but hotel owner Bitexco Hotel Management Co. has yet to decide on an opening date. However, the hotel will be certainly opened to business within this year.
Bob Fabiano, general manager of JW Marriott Hanoi, said 40-50% of the total rooms would be used be for MICE (meeting,, Vietnam restaurant design
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JW Marriott Hanoi has 450 rooms, European and Asian restaurants, ballrooms, fitness center and many other amenities. The hotel also provides the largest meeting space in Vietnam with an area of 2,400 square meters on the same level.
About 26.7 kilometers south of Noi Bai International Airport, JW Marriott Hanoi has an area of 80,000 square meters and is adjacent to the Vietnam National Convention Center.
Vietnam Airlines offers ‘Golden Moments’ program
The national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines is offering the 3rd ‘Golden Moments’ promotional program on some domestic routes since October 15.
Accordingly, one-way tickets for routes including Hanoi-Hue will be VND499,000; HCMC-Hue/Quy Nhon/Phu Quoc at VND699,000; Hanoi-Buon Ma Thuot/Quy Nhon at VND1,099,000.
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These special prices will be applicable for flights to HCMC from January 25-30, 2014 and February 3-10, 2014 for flights, Vietnam handicraft products
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The national carrier will give free tickets to children of passengers who buy tickets on routes from HCMC to Hanoi, Hai Phong, Vinh, Da Nang, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc from October 8 to December 15. Flights departing from HCMC on January 17-24; and trips to HCMC on January 31-February 2 and February 11-16 will also enjoy this promotion.
Tourism Promotional Tours attract many holidaymakers
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Local travel companies taking part in the City Tourism Promotion Program, sold package tours to Phu Quoc, Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, Da Nang, Con Dao and Hanoi by plane to nearly 3,000 visitors in September, according to Tran The Dung, member of HCMC Tourism Promotion Center.
The report presents a year-on-year increase of 60 percent in local tourism. The center members sold promotional tours to more than 23,000 holidaymakers from May to September, up 46 percent compared to 2012.
Tourism Promotion Center was launched by the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in January.
The center assumes responsibility for providing advice and implementation of strategies, programs and plans approved by the City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism to promote tourism.
It links and co-ordinates with domestic and foreign organizations in tourism promotion and investment, developing and promoting tourist markets and local tourism products, besides implementing international co-operation programs in tourism.
The center also organizes and takes part in workshops, fairs, exhibitions and advertising events in tourism promotion in the country and abroad.
The owners of ten 5-star hotels in Hanoi
Many 5-star hotels in Hanoi are owned by Vietnamese companies although most of them were built with foreign funds.
1. The Intercontinental hotel opened in early December 2007 after a long period of construction and change of owners. This property was built by an investor from Singapore named S. Lien Holdings in 1991.
In 1998, the hotel was half built but due to the impact of the economic crisis in Asia. It was abandoned for seven years. S. Lien Holdings later went bankruptcy. In 2005, Tradewinds Berhad Malaysia took over the project and it joined a JV with a Vietnamese firm - Thang Long GTC. Total investment for the next phase of Intercontinental Hanoi Hotel is $123 million.
Currently, the hotel is owned by Berjaya Berhad Corporation from Malaysia and the State-owned company Thang Long GTC. Berjaya Berhad holds 75 percent of the capital. The group's founder is Mr. Vincent Tan, born in 1952, Chinese descent. In 2010, Vincent Tan was named in the Forbes list of world billionaires with assets of $1.3 billion.
2/ According to the confirmation from the Sheraton Hanoi Hotel, this hotel is owned by the West Lake Company Limited and Berjaya Berhad Corporation. Thus, not only the Hanoi Intercontinental, the 5-star Sheraton hotel is also owned by the Malaysian investor - Vincent Tan.
Before owning a series of luxury hotels in Vietnam, Malaysia and many other countries around the world, Vincent Tan bought a chain of McDonald's restaurants in his homeland in 1981. Four years later, he successfully purchased 70 percent stake of a lottery company in Malaysia and then wholly owned this