Many southern coastal locations have ‘sold out’ rooms for the first three days of the April 30 holiday

Visitors to Phan Thiet, Phu Quy, Nha Trang, and Vung Tau flocked to the first 3 days of the holiday, causing rooms to “burn out”, April 30 to May 1 with fewer visitors.

According to travel agencies, destinations such as Phan Thiet, Phu Quy, Nha Trang, Da Lat, and Vung Tau will be “hot” spots in the first three days of the holiday, with some places reaching 100% capacity. Tourists are mainly from southern provinces and cities, traveling by road to save travel costs due to high airfares.

According to a survey by VnExpress, the number of rooms on April 27-29 in Binh Thuan’s tourist hotspots such as Phan Thiet, Mui Ne, Ham Tien is small, and Phu Quy is fully booked. Mr. Bui The Nhan, Director of Binh Thuan Provincial Department of Tourism, said the number of stays is estimated to increase by about 25% compared to 2023. The largest number of visitors is expected on April 27-30. Hot spots that are most likely to be “precautionary” include Ham Tien, Mui Ne, Tien Thanh, Ham Thuan Nam, La Gi, Phu Quy.

According to Mr. Nhan, the Ham Tien – Phan Thiet area’s capacity on April 27-30 reached an average of 60-80%, on May 1 it was lower, about 40-50%. The number of last-minute bookings will increase and the number of rooms is expected to be filled.

Tourists arriving by boat at Phu Quy island port on the morning of April 30, 2023.  Photo: Vi Chau

Tourists arriving by boat at Phu Quy island port on the morning of April 30, 2023. Photo: Vi Chau

In Phu Quy alone, holiday room occupancy has reached 100% since April 24, according to the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Phu Quy district. The island has about 1,200 rooms, accommodating about 2,000 people. According to Mr. Nhan, the number of tourists coming to Phu Quy this holiday is likely to be larger than last year’s holiday (7,000 visitors).

The number of tourists at tourist destinations in Khanh Hoa is expected to increase. Ms. Nguyen Thi Le Thanh, Director of the Department of Tourism of Khanh Hoa province, said that hotels over 3 stars in the province are 90% full. Cam Lam – Vinh Hao Expressway opened on April 26, shortening the time from Saigon to Nha Trang from 8 hours to 5 hours, and road passengers are likely to increase at the last minute. Ms. Thanh said that the province has been preparing to welcome guests for the holiday since early April, focusing on many areas, most importantly food hygiene and safety, environmental landscape, price listing, and human resources. It is expected that Nha Trang will have a surprise inspection of accommodation establishments to check the business situation during the holidays.

Data from Mustgo, a hotel booking platform that is cooperating with 80 resorts and hotels, mainly from 3 stars, shows that in the Nha Trang area in the period April 26-28, the number of guests mainly booked rooms at hotels. Local hotel with sea view. Local 4-5 star hotels facing the sea are 80-90% full. International 5-star hotels reach about 50-60%.

View of a coastal resort in Nha Trang from above.  Photo: Amiana

View of a coastal resort in Nha Trang from above. Photo: Amiana

In Cam Ranh, local 5-star hotels are also fully booked, capacity is over 90%, guests mainly stay in the first 3 days of the April 27-29 holiday, the following days capacity decreases. Representative of Movenpick Cam Ranh said that room capacity is increasing, expected to reach 92-95%. Vietnamese guests still make up the majority, the proportion ranges from 60-80%.

In Vung Tau, guests mainly come from neighboring Southeast provinces such as Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai, and Binh Duong, staying in the first three days of their vacation. On April 27-29, 5-star hotels in the city reached over 70% occupancy, 3-4-star hotels reached 80%. On April 30 and May 1, many hotels removed surcharges and applied weekday prices but capacity only reached 40-50%. A representative of the travel company Viet Tourism said that during this year’s holidays, road tours traveling by car to southern coastal tourist destinations increased.

The number of bookings also increased in Da Nang, in the period April 26-28, beachfront hotels reached 90%, many hotels announced room closures. Hotels in the city have reached 70% occupancy. Resort area capacity reaches 50 – 60%. On major holidays, room capacity is 10 – 20% lower.

Contrary to destinations that are convenient for road travel, Quy Nhon, Phu Quoc, and Con Dao are still waiting for visitors. Ms. Dinh Thi Thu Thao, Commercial Director of Mustgo, said that due to the impact of air tickets, domestic tourists – the main source of visitors to Quy Nhon decreased, leading to low room capacity. The 3-star segment with a small number of rooms reaches about 50%, the 4.5-star segment reaches about 30%.

Phu Quoc, holiday room occupancy is average. Resorts with a large number of rooms such as Wyndham Grand Phu Quoc (1,399 rooms) currently have a capacity of 15-20%. Coastal villas in New World and Premier Village recorded a more positive situation, reaching 70-80% capacity, peak bookings were May 27-30. Guests are mainly foreigners.

Con Dao is empty. According to the survey, 5-star hotels such as Six Senses, The Secret Con Dao or Poulo Condor Boutique Resort & Spa still have many empty rooms, with capacity during the 5-day holiday reaching less than 50%. Small hotels have a higher number of bookings, about 70-80% on April 27-29. Con Dao currently has only one airline operating it, a one-way holiday ticket from Hanoi on April 27 costs more than 8 million VND per passenger.

Da Lat cherry blossoms bloom during Tet.  Photo: Pham Kim Nhan

Da Lat cherry blossoms bloom during Tet. Photo: Pham Kim Nhan

Cool climate destinations such as Da Lat and Mang Den are also forecast to have a fire. Mang Den town currently has 1,200 rooms, accommodation locations are currently at 90-100% capacity.

Mustgo data shows that 3-4 star hotels in Da Lat have a higher number of bookings than high-end 5-star hotels and guests also mainly stay on April 27-29. Mr. Nguyen Nhat Vu, Deputy General Director of Dalattourist, said that most accommodations in Da Lat, from homestays to high-end hotels, are fully booked, but there is usually no surcharge on holidays due to compliance with the contract from the beginning of the year. Days after April 30 are allowed to charge a surcharge but there are no customers. “The reason is partly due to the 5-day holiday closing late,” Mr. Vu said.

With the increase in bookings, Dalattourist forecasts that the number of corporate visitors to Da Lat will increase by 10% compared to last year, reaching 41,800, equal to 80% compared to 2019. The Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Lam Dong province forecasts about 200,000 visitors will come to Da Lat during the holiday season. Binh Thuan also plans to welcome over 200,000 visitors on this occasion, an increase of 25% compared to last year, with revenue expected to reach about 400 billion VND during the 5 holidays.

Bich Phuong