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More rooms needed in Sa Pa

Update: May, 16/2015 - 12:00

Many tourists are visiting Sa Pa in Lao Cai  Province.

This means that more business is now coming to the area.

People are wanting to build more houses and hotels.

All these tourists need places to stay.

An overview of Sa Pa in the northern province of Lao Cai. Property developers are stepping up their projects' progress to make opportunities in the market.
An overview of Sa Pa in the northern province of Lao Cai. Property developers are stepping up their projects' progress to make opportunities in the market. -VNS Photo Truong Vi

LAO CAI (VNS) — The Sa Pa tourist destination in the northern Lao Cai Province has become a magnet for property developers, following projections that the number of tourists coming there would increase sharply.

The footfalls in the urban tourism area have increased particularly after the opening of the Ha Noi-Lao Cai expressway last September, which reduces the travel time from Ha Noi to Lao Cai from the current seven hours to 3.5 hours.

It was also backed up by Lao Cai's recent investment in upgrading infrastructure to promote tourism development.

The number of tourists coming to Sa Pa is expected to increase, but hotels and villas in Sa Pa might fail to meet the demand. According to latest figures from the Lao Cai provincial tourism information centre, 126 businesses provide nearly 2,000 rooms and more than 3,600 beds to tourists.

However, more than half of them are small hotels run by private enterprises.

During the last Tet (Lunar New Year) festival alone, Sa Pa welcomed more than 5,000 visitors. Last year, it received 1.6 million tourists, proving that the tourism facilities in Sa Pa are being overloaded, thus opening up opportunities for property developers in this market.

Several giant firms have entered the tourist property market and are stepping up their projects' progress to open them as early as possible.

Last year, some major projects became operational in Sa Pa, such as the five-star Aristo International Hotel and four-star U Sa Pa Hotel.

At present, about 30 investment projects are involved in the construction of residential areas and tourist facilities.

The Truong Giang Sapa joint stock company is investing VND1.2 trillion (US$55.8 million) in building Mercure Sapa Resort and Spa complex in Sa Pa. Its construction started in 2012 and is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of this year.

Another giant firm Contrexim Holdings also plans to open a five-star hotel in Sa Pa in July. Covering more than 7,000sq.m, the hotel comprises 58 rooms and provides a wide range of services such as bar, spa, indoor swimming pool and gym.

Sa Pa is expected to see several real estate projects in the coming time, such as a 27ha ecotourism project with an investment capital of nearly $20 million, and the Sapa Indochina International hotel project with an investment capital of VND170 billion ($7.9 million), the People's Committee of Sa Pa town said.

Meanwhile, other giant firms such as Vincom, Bitexco and Sun Group also plan to invest in entertainment centres and resorts in this destination.

A highly acclaimed British website providing tourist information and guides, Rough Guides, has listed Sa Pa among the top nine new tourist attractions around the world. — VNS

 

 

GLOSSARY

 

The Sa Pa tourist destination in the northern Lao Cai Province has become a magnet for property developers, following projections that the number of tourists coming there would increase sharply.

A magnet is place that people are attracted to.

Projections are what people say they believe will happen in the future.

The footfalls in the urban tourism area have increased particularly after the opening of the Ha Noi-Lao Cai expressway last September, which reduces the travel time from Ha Noi to Lao Cai from the current seven hours to 3.5 hours.

A footfall is the number of people visiting a place at the same time.

Urban means in the city, or to do with a city.

It was also backed up by Lao Cai's recent investment in upgrading infrastructure to promote tourism development.

An investment is money spent on something in the hope that it will bring you rewards in the future, such as more money.

To upgrade infrastructure means to improve the roads, railway lines, airports, Internet systems, telephones and such things that make a country work.

However, more than half of them are small hotels run by private enterprises.

Private enterprises are businesses owned by individuals.

Last year, it received 1.6 million tourists, proving that the tourism facilities in Sa Pa are being overloaded, thus opening up opportunities for property developers in this market.

"Thus" means "as a result".

At present, about 30 investment projects are involved in the construction of residential areas and tourist facilities.

Residential areas are areas where people have their homes in which they live.

The Truong Giang Sapa joint stock company is investing VND1.2 trillion (US$55.8 million) in building Mercure Sapa Resort and Spa complex in Sa Pa.

A joint stock company is a company whose capital is owned jointly by the shareholders.

Sa Pa is expected to see several real estate projects in the coming time, such as a 27ha ecotourism project with an investment capital of nearly $20 million, and the Sapa Indochina International hotel project with an investment capital of VND170 billion ($7.9 million), the People's Committee of Sa Pa town said.

Real estate means property.

Ecotourism means tourism with an environmental theme.

Investment capital means money that is spent on an investment.

Meanwhile, other giant firms such as Vincom, Bitexco and Sun Group also plan to invest in entertainment centres and resorts in this destination.

A destination is a place to which people travel.

A highly acclaimed British website providing tourist information and guides, Rough Guides, has listed Sa Pa among the top nine new tourist attractions around the world.

 

An acclaimed website is one with a good reputation.

State whether the following sentences are true, or false:

1. Rough Guides is a highly acclaimed American website.

2. The U Sa Pa Hotel has five stars.

3. The new Ha Noi-Lao Cai expressway has made the journey from Ha Noi to Lao Cai much quicker.

4. Bitexco is a small company in Sa Pa.

5. Many people come to Sa Pa to celebrate Tet.

 

ANSWERS:

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1. False; 2. False; 3. True; 4. False; 5. True.

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