The influence of foreign direct investment on accommodation patterns in Vietnam as a result of the open-door policy

Wantanee Suntikul, Richard Butler, David Airey

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Before the 'open-door' policy doi moi, the Vietnamese government had monopolised all sectors of tourism in the country. In 1987, one year after the beginning of doi moi, the state issued the Law on Foreign Investment, which encouraged foreign direct investment (FDI) in Vietnam, especially in the tourism industry. This article examines the influence of the resulting influx of FDI on tourism accommodation patterns in Vietnam. A synopsis of policy and background of FDI in Vietnam accommodation is followed by an examination of developments, projects and experiences in this field since doi moi. The article then investigates the effects of FDI in Vietnam tourism accommodation on developments and practices in Vietnam's accommodation market, including the traditional state-owned accommodation sub-sector. The article integrates insights gained from interviews with operators of joint venture and state-owned hotels in Vietnam.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-277
Number of pages17
JournalCurrent Issues in Tourism
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Doi moi
  • Foreign direct investment
  • Tourism accommodation
  • Tourism management
  • Vietnam

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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