All hotels rated three stars and above will be allowed to keep some of their entertainment facilities open until 2a.m. instead of 12a.m. from January 1, 2010, according to a new government decree.
Night life in downtown Ho Chi Minh City
According to the new decree, bars of three- to five-star hotels and discotheques of four- to five-star hotels can stay open until 2a.m. to allow tourists to enjoy the nightlife in Vietnam, The Saigon Times Daily reported.
Under the current regulations, all the facilities, including hotels and resorts, must be closed after midnight.
In July this year, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai approved a proposal of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to launch a pilot program, allowing some certain hotels to extend the opening hours of their entertainment facilities by two hours from the closing time of 12a.m.
The program is aimed at boosting local hospitality businesses and stimulating the slumping tourism industry to cope with the adverse effects of the global economic downturn.
Hung asked the ministry to select hotels to join the program until the end of next year but the hotel department has proposed the government to allow all luxury hotels to enjoy the incentive instead of a few selected hotels.
The department in September reported Vietnam had 303 three- to five-star hotels, including 32 five-star hotels and 92 facilities rated four stars.
The deputy PM has also allowed tourism joint ventures between locals and foreigners to offer outbound tours for Vietnamese and expats living in the country, a segment that was previously the sole domain of local companies only.
Vu The Binh, head of the travel department, said three out of the 12 tourism joint ventures had registered to organize outbound tours while some others were completing the necessary procedures to open the tours.