How's Business in Halong, Vietnam? Exclusive FHD Interview with Roland Svensson
GM of FLC Grand Hotel
[Video and podcast below] Exclusive FHD interview with Mr. Roland G.
Svensson, General Manager of the newly opened FLC Grand Hotel
Halong in Vietnam.
In the 5-star hotel's first week of opening the
property hosted the Ministers of Tourism, and their entourages, from all ASEAN countries for the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019. It also
hosted numerous delicious dinners and lunches for the ministera, buyers and
international media attending the TRAVEX component of the ATF
2019. Probably not what most hotel GMs would want in their first
week of operation!
In this interview, filmed in the hotel lobby on
18 January 2019, Steven Howard of Travel News Asia asks Roland
about the property, who he expects will fill the 650 rooms, and
which top 5 markets they will come from.
We discuss the floodlit and extremely busy
golf course, the hotel's F&B outlets, Halong as a destination and
Vandon International Airport, which is the first private airport
in the country and only 50 minutes away from the luxury FLC Grand
We also talk about the challenge of
staffing such a large property, whether FLC Group also has its own
cruise boats on Halong Bay and how Bamboo Airways may well help
the resort. All that and much, much more in the in-depth interview