Swiss Hotel Chain, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts has assumed management of the Omni Hotel Saigon.
The hotel opened in 1994 in Saigon and was credited as the first international-standard hotel in the city.
The property has now been renamed as the Movenpick Hotel Saigon and will be undergoing extensive upgrades and changes, including the addition of a gym, rooftop bar, various boutique shops and a European style café. A number of new rooms will also be added and the lobby will be redesigned.
Vice President for the hotel groups operations in Vietnam, Hubert Klemenz issued a statement saying that “statistics continue to show that Vietnam has good business and tourist traveller appeal but a shortage of good hotels. This is a move we have been eyeing for a long time.”
Movenpick has also committed to revitalise not just the hotel but the greater Phu Nhuan District as well. According to Klemenz “the development of an exhibition centre, upgraded office and retail space and the addition of the new hotel amenities will create a favourite stopover for visitors of any kind.”
Movenpick Hotels & Resorts currently has 160 hotels currently operating or under construction worldwide.
The company began its expansion into Asia in 2006 by signing a management agreement with a hotel in Bangalore, India. Movenpick Hotels & Resorts are currently planning to add three more properties to its portfolio in Vietnam by 2010.
By Daniel Garrun