With Vietnam becoming increasingly popular as an incentive destination for Australian and New Zealand companies, DMS principal Leila Fiedler has visited the destination as the guest of Pacific World Vietnam and Furama Resort in Danang.
Part of the reason for Vietnam’s popularity is its good tourism infrastructure, including quality and international-standard hotels and resorts. But above all, Vietnam is a highly affordable destination, especially with the Australian dollar being strong against the Vietnamese dong and airfares being inexpensive.
There is much about the destination that will appeal to people seeking a cultural or historical visit, a beach getaway or a sporting experience, such as diving and golf. Vietnam also offers culinary experiences with each region having its own dishes. One of its main dietary staples, pho, a noodle soup, can be bought for only $1, while a gourmet meal in an upmarket restaurant can cost as little as $25 for a main.
As it is a relatively small country, travelling is easy and inexpensive. For incentive groups, itineraries can include Saigon and Danang with a visit to Hoi An and Hue, or Hanoi with a visit to Halong Bay.
Leila Fiedler describes Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), with its population of nine million people and perhaps four million motor bikes, as an exciting and buzzy city. Its infrastructure offers an incentive experience with a difference. Most of the major hotel chains are clustered in the heart of the city, the shopping is great and the night life is hard to beat. And the bonus is that the people are really friendly.
Danang, in the centre of the country, is an hour’s flight from both Hanoi and Saigon. One of the longest established properties in the area is Furama Resort, right on East Sea (previously known as South China Sea), with 30km of beach all the way to Hoi An. In demand by Australian and New Zealand conference and incentive groups, Furama Resort has an Australian general manager and an Australian chef, who buys all the resort’s vegetables and fruit from an organic farm, while fishermen deliver their daily catch from their boats. It is the only resort in Danang with life guards certified by Surf Life Saving Australia. Only 10 minutes away is a Greg Norman golf course.
Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi has tree-lined boulevards, leafy public parks and water puppet shows that are indigenous to Northern Vietnam.
Pacific World Vietnam, which is represented by DMS, has been working with the Australian market for more than 18 years. Manager Tran Viet Thuy (Theresa), who is known in Australia, is happy to help devise creative programs for first-time or repeat visitors to this exciting destination.