Go back to the enewsletter Vietnams firstever

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Vietnam’s first-ever integrated destination resort will be operated by Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. In a strategic move that cements its presence in the fast-growing Asian hotel market, the Swiss hospitality firm has signed a management deal with Ngoi Sao Cua Duong Joint Stock Company for the high-profile Mövenpick Resort Phu Quoc, which will be developed by MIK Land covering some 50ha on an island that’s tipped to become the region’s next big tourism hotspot.The fully integrated beachfront destination resort, which faces the stunning Gulf of Thailand, will encompass a wide range of outstanding facilities including 250 hotel rooms, 100 residences and 50 luxury pool villas, when it opens in 2017.A themed retail village, water park and lagoon-style pool, destination spa, beachside wedding and special events ‘sala’, 1000sqm convention area, amphitheatre, cooking school, beach club, kids’ club, water sports centre, fitness centre and an adventure and team-building activity course will also be part of the extensive offering at the new resort. A hotel school complete with staff accommodation is another groundbreaking feature of this unique development.“Being selected to manage the first integrated destination resort in Vietnam on a stunning island earmarked for ambitious tourism developments confirms our status as one of Asia’s leading hotel operators,” said Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts President & CEO, Jean Gabriel Pérès. “This exciting project will take our Vietnam portfolio to three properties strong by 2018 and paves the way for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts to manage similar large-scale destination resort developments across Asia where our strategy is to gain a strong foothold in sought-after locations.”Phu Quoc Island is a hotbed of tourism-related development with more than US$6.8 billion currently being ploughed into projects designed to create a destination to rival Asia’s perennial favourites.Mövenpick Resort Phu Quoc will be developed on Ong Lang Beach, close to the island’s largest town, Duong Dong, and to Phu Quoc International Airport.“The world-class Mövenpick Resort Phu Quoc will set new hospitality standards in Vietnam and put the island on the international tourism map,” said Ms. Lê Thị Hải Châu, Chairman and CEO of Ngoi Sao Cua Duong Joint Stock Company. “We have partnered with Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts to manage this landmark development based on the firm’s excellent reputation, hospitality know-how and proven track record in Asia’s rapidly expanding hotel market.”Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts already operates the 154-room Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi and plans to open its second property in Vietnam, the 229-key Mövenpick Resort & Spa Quy Nhon, in 2018.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Chopra can learn from my mistakes Keane

first_imgPremier League Share via Email Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Facebook Sun 21 Sep 2008 19.01 EDT Share on WhatsApp Premier League Louise Taylor at Stadium of Light match reports Topics Share on Messenger Roy Keane is not into dispensing tea and sympathy, but Sunderland’s manager has made an exception for Michael Chopra. Recently returned from addressing “lifestyle issues” in Tony Adams’ Sporting Chance clinic, Chopra – who got off the bench to score both goals – is being counselled by an unusually understanding manager. “I had a very questionable lifestyle, to say the least,” admitted Keane. “Hopefully Chops can learn from my mistakes – or he’s heading for trouble.”The former Manchester United captain’s road to Damascus moment came when he ended his love affair with alcohol and the attendant, sometimes aggressive, nights on the town.”I did stop drinking,” Keane said. Asked if he had resumed, the Irishman replied “No,” before making light of the matter and answering a question about the difficulties of turning teetotal with a joke. “No, it was easy,” he said. “Well, everyone else was pleased. And they tell me it’s all right; once you get used to it.”If Chopra, whose marriage has been under strain, is facing different demons – his problems are alleged to embrace relationship issues, gambling and anger – Keane can still empathise. “It’s not just drink, players get their heads turned by others things,” he said. “I’m sure there’s lots of drugs out there nowadays, there’s lots of women available. They get their heads turned by nightclubs, mates, agents, by too many late nights. I’m not saying that’s the case with Chops but if you want to be a top player you’ve got to have the off-field side sorted. With myself, the penny eventually dropped that there was stuff I couldn’t keep on doing.”Passed off the pitch by a pacy, mobile and imaginative young Middlesbrough team, Sunderland spent much of Saturday afternoon looking anything but “sorted”. Betrayed by a lack of ruthless finishing, Gareth Southgate’s side missed a penalty when Stewart Downing miscued from 12 yards following Nyron Nosworthy’s adjudged foul on Jérémie Aliadière.Doing ruthless has never worried Keane though, and he had little compunction in hauling off the disappointing Djibril Cissé and El Hadji Diouf and replacing his “stars” with Daryl Murphy and Andy Reid.It is doubtful whether Reid would earn a place in Southgate’s almost uniformly fleet-footed, sleek ensemble but he got Sunderland’s creative game going. A beautiful passer, the midfielder boasts the sharpest football brain of any of Keane’s players, Steed Malbranque included.Reid, whose initial absence left Sunderland looking rather ordinary, combined with Kieran Richardson to tee up Chopra’s 81st-minute opener. The striker, who had replaced the injured Teemu Tainio, cleverly lured the generally impressive Ross Turnbull off his line and, ignoring David Wheater’s distracting presence, calmly directed his shot into the bottom corner. Chopra’s second, a tap-in after Malbranque squared Murphy’s deflected shot his way, came in stoppage time, added extra sheen to an uplifting redemption tale.”I’ve been grateful to the manager for giving me some time off because things have been hard,” admitted the 24-year-old who dedicated both goals to his seven-month-old son, Sebastien. “I haven’t had too many happier days – and I probably appreciate football more than ever now.”Neutrals should appreciate Southgate’s courage in sticking with his purist principles and keeping faith in youth. “We’re playing football the right way,” insisted Boro’s manager whose starting XI featured five academy graduates. “If we keep on like this, we’ll be all right; you’ve got look at the bigger picture.”Man of the match Michael Chopra (Sunderland)center_img Chopra can learn from my mistakes – Keane Roy Keane Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Middlesbrough Share on LinkedIn Shares00 First published on Sun 21 Sep 2008 19.01 EDT Sunderland Reuse this contentlast_img read more