Sea Lion Beach Resort and Spa in Mui Ne Vietnam
Sea Lion Beach Resort and Spa in Mui Ne Vietnam (Resort in Mui Ne), the tourism and trade services firm Eden has put into service the Sea Lion Beach Resort and Spa in Mui Ne on the coast of the central province of Binh Thuan.
The resort's general manager Vo Ta Ngoc told the Daily on Wednesday that the luxury beach resort had started receiving bookings although the investment company had not yet launched the official opening for the property in Phan Thiet, about 200km north of Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam.
The firm has invested around US$8mil in developing the seaside resort on 3.5 hectares on Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street in the resort town of Phan Thiet.
The resort boasts 166 hotel rooms and bungalows reflecting the architectural combination of traditional Vietnamese country houses and French colonial styles.
With modern amenities, two conference rooms overlooking the resort's tropical garden can accommodate 350 guests for seminars, meetings, and other events.
More rooms will be opened at the Sea Lion Beach Resort and Spa next year for MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) guests, which Ngoc said are target customers of the resort.
The resort has sea-view, poolside Sea Sunflower Restaurant serving buffets and a-la-carte menus of Vietnamese and international foods, and Coral Eatery offering fast food, snacks and drinks.
Spa, massage, sightseeing tours, sports and live entertainment are also available for guests to book and experience while staying at the resort. It took more than one year for Eden to build and complete the project.
Ngoc said vacationers had already booked 85% of the rooms at the Sea Lion Beach Resort and Spa until January 15, and most of them were international guests, 60% of them Russians.
Ngo Minh Chinh, director of Binh Thuan Province's Department of Tourism, said in support of Ngoc that Russians accounted for 12% of the estimated 150,000 international visitors to the province this year, and were second only to Germans, who register 12.5%.
Chinh credited the higher-than-expected increase in Russian tourists to the province's two promotion campaigns in Russia this year together with the great efforts of local resorts and hotels to advertise their products and services in the market.
Russian companies have invested in five projects in the fields of trade, resort and tourism.
Chinh calculated Binh Thuan would earn tourism revenue of VND1tril (over US$62mil) and attracted 1.8mil domestic and international visitors this year, as against the VND800bil (nearly US$50) and 1.55mil guests respectively last year.
Chinh said that Binh Thuan now had 130 guesthouses, hotels and resorts with a total of 4,500 rooms. Of which, 70 properties with 3,000 rooms can accommodate international travelers.
Binh Thuan now has eight four-star resorts and hotels, excluding the just-completed Sea Lion, and will add more properties to the list next year. The province targets more than 20 operational properties of four to five-star ratings by 2010.
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