Việt Nam – attractive destination for estate investors
An artist’s impression of Sonasea Vân Đồn Harbor City in the northeastern Quảng Ninh Province’s Vân Đồn special administrative-economic zone
Việt Nam will become an attractive destination for real estate investment and business because of the high demand for housing, industrial park infrastructure, shopping malls, and tourism property.
Minister of Construction Phạm Hồng Hà made the statement at the three-day International Real Estate Conference 2018 (IREC) under the theme “Việt Nam: A World of Opportunities” which opened in Hà Nội on Thursday.
More than 300 international guests and thousands of Vietnamese delegates took part in the event.
Hà said the recent growth of the property market has contributed to the fast and sustainable development of Việt Nam.
“It also contributes to the strong development of financial, securities, labour and service markets and many related industries, such as construction and building materials,” he added.
He noted the Vietnamese Government highly values the active role and efforts of domestic and foreign businesses in the country’s property market.
“Real estate is in the top of business sectors in terms of revenue in the country. Việt Nam’s real estate industry has been an attractive investment channel with the high profitability in Southeast Asian region,” he said.
Deputy Minister of Construction Nguyễn Văn Sinh said although the local real estate market is still young, it has recorded many positive developments, giving a facelift to cities and improving people’s living standards. In the housing sector, more than 70 million square metres of floor space have been developed each year since 1999. Right now, the country has about 2.1 billion sq.m of housing, raising the per capita floor area from 9.7 sq.m in 1999 to 23.7 square metres in 2018.
US Ambassador to Việt Nam, Dan Kritenbrink, said many American businesses have a range of opportunities in Việt Nam so there should be a level playing field between domestic and foreign investors to develop the country’s real estate.
“We also hope that based on this cooperation, we can focus on developing smart cities in Việt Nam and connecting with smart cities in Southeast Asia,” he added.
“We expect Việt Nam’s smart cities can ensure network security and online connectivity.”
Nguyễn Thế Hùng, deputy chairman of Hà Nội People’s Committee, told the conference the strong development and expansion of the city has been accompanied by overwhelming growth in the real estate market.
“The civilised and modern Hà Nội we see today comes from the contributions of investors and real estate development organisations locally and internationally,” he said.
High tourism growth rate
Experts said the country’s strong tourism growth was expected to be a key for Việt Nam’s resort property take off and appealing attention from both local and foreign investors.
Last year, the country took the 6th position among 10 countries with the highest tourism growth rate in the world with 30 per cent, making tourism become a key sector in its socio-economic structure.
The number of domestic tourists rose from 72 million arrivals in 2016 to 86 million in 2017, representing 19 per cent year-on-year rise. The foreign arrivals were also increased by 29 per cent.
It was expected the number of foreign tourists coming to Việt Nam would rise, creating good conditions for hi-end resort property.
But Việt Nam’s tourism industry still has room for further development, said Trần Đạo Đức, deputy general director of CEO Group – Top 10 most prestigious property developers in Việt Nam.
“Việt Nam has been attractive to estate investors thanks to its political, economic and social stability as well as young population with high demand of owning a property,” he said.
Taking the trend, CEO Group has implemented four large-scale projects in Phú Quốc (Kiên Giang Province), Vân Đồn (Quảng Ninh Province), Cần Thơ and Quảng Bình. The projects are expected to bring high profitability for investors who pay attention to resort property in Việt Nam.
The group aims to build a resort chain throughout the country.
“We are seeking for co-operation with foreign partners at the conference to implement international level projects,” he said, adding the co-operation with the world’s leading brand names such as Accor, Best Western would be an important step for the country’s resort property.
Ready in Industry 4.0
The Fourth Industrial Revolution has opened opportunities for estate firms to apply technologies in their management and project development.
Lê Nhỏ, vice chairman of Sunshine Group said the development plan of smart and sustainable urban area in Việt Nam by 2025 would be an important guideline for the property market toward smart estate products.
“However, the local property companies will also face with challenges which need to have national strategies and co-operation among estate firms,” Nhỏ said.
IREC 2018 is a chance to promote investment, share experiences, and boost partnerships between Vietnamese developers and foreign companies. It is also a good time to introduce the development potential of Việt Nam, and in particular its real estate sector, to others.
Its activities include a meeting of global real estate associations, forums on development trends of the world’s property market, investment promotion events, and the Vietbuild international exhibition.