A few years ago, the 10 millionth visitor of that year to Vietnam was welcomed at Phu Quoc Airport. This lovely island, or more accurately islands, is very much Vietnam despite being directly south of Cambodia in the East Sea. Its international traffic means it is possible to fly there direct while with excellent domestic schedules into Vietnam mainland, it has the infrastructure to grow in the years to come. That is definitely the view of Travel Daily Media, an important online travel resource used by travel professionals worldwide. It feels that Phu Quoc could well be the next big MICE destination?
MICE stands for meetings, incentives, conferencing and exhibitions and Vietnam travel packages are already in place for businesses who want to meet their customers or reward their staff. A Vietnam holiday certainly is a great way to do that.
You may ask why Phu Quoc has been highlighted rather than other parts of South East Asia? Well, let’s start with the fact that it is part of Vietnam which is embracing tourism and getting a response from worldwide travellers anyway.
When it comes to Phu Quoc specifically, it strikes an excellent balance between natural and developed while still maintaining a feeling of seclusion for those wanting to avoid crowds. MICE clients may have appoiintments to fulfil; a little business with the pleasure. What better environment to do this than in a natural place with quality accommodation and cuisine? The seafood on the dinner plate will always be that day’s catch.
Phu Quoc is a national park with several stretches of lovely sand to enjoy, and those clear and warm seas. It is located within the Kien Giang Biosphere Reserve which was recognised by UNESCO over a decade ago. The coral reefs are full of marine life and fish so visitors who want to go snorkelling or scuba diving have a real treat in store.
The Vietnam visa system now makes entry into the Country, and access to Phu Quoc very straightfoward. Evidence of that is the recent ranking of Kien Giang Province as 4th among the destinations to visit in 2019 by ‘’The Travel.’’ It talks of the soft, white sand and lack of numbers. Phu Quoc comprises a number of islands and the majority are uninhabited so all visitors need to do for quiet is jump on a boat.
Other names in Asia may have already established themselves as popular resorts but with popularity comes crowds which do have their downside. Phuket in Thailand made its reputation a few decades ago but businesses looking for a MICE destination these days are likely to offer somewhere new, but equally capable of hosting clients and staff. Make no mistake; the quality hotels on Phu Quoc will more than satisfy you.
Food for thought then. If you are looking for a MICE destination which offers something a little different, talk to a Vietnam travel agent that can make all the arrangements for you based on your interests and requirements.