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Vietnam’s resort real estate overheats, affecting management and operations

The market’s investment and transaction volumes also increased by 42.1 percent and 25.8 percent YoY

VietnamPlus reported that the country’s coastal localities had to abruptly stop their tourism operations due to the pandemic. Bui Viet Huy/Shutterstock

Resort tourism in the Asia Pacific region, particularly in Vietnam, has been looking up in recent times, reported the Vietnam Investment Review

In 2021, hospitality transactions in the region were worth over USD14.9 billion in less than 460 deals, according to a June report. As a result, this figure exceeded the five-year pre-pandemic average of USD14.6 billion. The market’s investment and transaction volumes also increased by 42.1 percent and 25.8 percent YoY, respectively.

In Q1 2022, investment volumes increased by 5.3 percent QoQ and 86.9 percent YoY to USD5 billion. To recover capital, more businesses are also liquidating non-core assets.

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However, there is the issue of oversupply, because while the tourism industry has already recovered, many resorts remain empty — demand is still low as the number of guests booking rooms is still lower than expected, according to VietNamNet Global.

The competition among resorts for guests is fierce, and due to similar projects and similar locations, resorts mostly compete on price.

Compared to other regional countries, Vietnam’s resort real estate development is overheated, and it is already affecting management, operations, and the environment negatively.

Construction density is increasing rapidly, resulting in rapid market growth. It is unfortunately common for investors to rush to develop luxury and wellness products without prior knowledge of the field and without paying attention to factors that can affect the success of the project.

Many investors ignore quality and concentrate on quantity. Because of this, they end up using a copy-paste strategy, which results in a lack of focus on the projects.

VietnamPlus reported that the country’s coastal localities had to abruptly stop their tourism operations due to the pandemic. Therefore, from 2020 to 2021, the number of visitors plummeted by more than 80 percent.

Moreover, it also brought tourists to other destinations apart from Da Nang and Khanh Hoa, which include Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Binh Thuan.

The Property Report editors wrote this article. For more information, email: [email protected].

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