Hanoi (VNA) – For failing to meet the required standards on amenities and human resources, eight hotels in Hanoi and Thai Nguyen city had their three-star hotel recognition revoked by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).

Accordingly, the hotels with a ratings downgrade in Hanoi include the Sai Gon Hotel, No.80 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem district; the Trade Hotel, No.25 Ngoc Khanh Street, Ba Dinh district; Dai Duong Hotel, No.48 Tran Nhan Tong Street, Hai Ba Trung district; Kim Lien Hotel, No.5-7 Dao Duy Anh Street, Dong Da district; Bao Khanh Hotel, No.22 Bao Khanh, Ba Dinh district; and the Golden Key Hotel, No.65 Quan Su Street, Hoan Kiem district.

The other two hotels in Thai Nguyen, which no longer hold three-star rating are Dong A II Hotel, No.38, Dong Quang commune and Dong A III Hotel in Phuc Xuan commune, Thai Nguyen city.

The VNAT’s move aims to rectify and improve domestic accommodation services. Previously, it also took back star-rating recognitions for a number of hotels in Quang Ninh and Thua Thien-Hue provinces due to poor hygiene and unprofessional staff.

During the 2010-2015 period, Vietnam had more than 20,100 hotels with some 400,000 rooms. As of May 2016, the country is home to 101 five-star, 229 four-star hotels and 463 three-star hotels. Investment from large enterprises like VinGroup, SunGroup, Muong Thanh, FLC, BIM and Tuan Chau has contributed to building modern tourism infrastructure nationwide.

The VNAT said that tourism infrastructure, together with aviation, land and port facilities, have made significant contributions to connecting Vietnamese and international tourist attractions.

Currently, Vietnam’s big hubs like Hanoi, Da Nang, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City have been linked with 25 countries and territories worldwide via 54 international air routes. Notably, the development of low-cost carriers has made air travel easier for tourists.

Meanwhile, the proliferation of the expressway system also creates golden opportunities to boost tourism connectivity among localities.-VNA