Meliá Hotels International Invests In Vietnam’s Future

The hotel group prioritizes education during recent CEO visit to the country

Hanoi, June 22, 2022 - On the heels of a recent tour through Vietnam, the CEO and COO of Meliá Hotels International, one of the largest international hotel players in Vietnam, are doubling down on efforts to nurture the next generation of hospitality professionals from north to south.

“Throughout our more than 65-year history, we have always prioritized our people, their talents and their wellbeing. Training, education, and growth opportunities are a big part of what we offer all Meliá employees,” said Meliá CEO Gabriel Escarrer Jaume.

Meliá Hotels International, has committed to providing substantial educational opportunities and hands-on training to Vietnamese students through a new collaboration with VinUniversity. Under this collaboration, Meliá and the Hanoi-based university will help raise the bar of Vietnam’s hospitality industry by providing growth opportunities at a university level. 

The Spanish hotel group plans to offer internships for talented students at their properties throughout Vietnam and globally in more than 40 countries, support Future Leader Development programs, and create a mentorship program to help elevate the level of human capital of Vietnam. In addition to these initiatives, there are also plans in the works for Meliá team members to lecture in select university classes, undertake joint research projects and develop academic industry programs, workshops, and events.

“Through this collaboration we’ll be able to bring our knowledge and expertise to a wider audience that will, as a result, benefit Vietnam’s hospitality industry as it continues to grow,” said Jaume. 

Jaume’s tour through Vietnam with the company’s COO, Andre Gerondeau, also included meetings with Spain’s ambassador to the country as well as meetings with its main business partners. 

“Vietnam is a very important market for us and keeping a strong and close relationship with our partners comes first. As soon as travel restrictions eased we booked our tickets here,” said Gerondeau. “Our Vietnam portfolio [including both operating and pipeline] now represents 60% of our total portfolio in Southeast Asia.” 

Meliá’s ambitions in the country prompted the relocation of the company’s main office for Southeast Asia to Ho Chi Minh City in late 2019. 

Meliá has big expansion plans for Vietnam. The hotel group currently operates six properties under the Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Sol by Meliá, and INNSiDE by Meliá brands, in addition to the Meliá Vinpearl properties. The group has also announced plans for four new hotels and resorts that are expected to open in the next three years. 

The Gran Meliá brand, the Meliá brand which epitomizes Spanish luxury, is set to make its debut in 2023. Gran Meliá Nha Trang will be the first Gran Meliá property in Vietnam, and the second in Southeast Asia. Meliá Nha Trang is also set to open next year. In 2025, Meliá Quy Nhon Beach Resort will debut on the country’s central coast. 

“Vietnam has become the most important destination in Southeast Asia for Meliá Hotels International in terms of hotel portfolio,” said Jaume. “We have absolute faith in the country as a leading resort destination.”

About Meliá Hotels & Resorts

Meliá Hotels & Resorts is the best-known international brand in the portfolio of the Meliá Hotels International company; it has more than 100 city and resort hotels in the main leisure and business destinations of Europe, Asia, Africa and America. The brand offers exemplary meetings and events facilities in all important business cities as well as in exotic locations, catering to the ever-expanding conference and incentive travel market. As part of its innovation philosophy and new positioning, Meliá Hotels & Resorts has reinvented itself to cater to every aspect of the guests’ wellbeing. Unique experiences are created for guests and are defined by relaxation, quality time and personalised services. For a balanced lifestyle, Meliá Hotels & Resorts instinctively understands the guests’ needs and lifestyle expectations, which is an integral part of its redefined identity. Follow Meliá Hotels & Resorts on Twitter, Facebook  and Instagram .

About Meliá Hotels International

Founded in 1956 in Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International operates more than 380 hotels (portfolio and pipeline) throughout more than 40 countries, under the brands Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus by Meliá, ME by Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, INNSiDE by Meliá, Sol by Meliá and TRYP by Wyndham. The Group is one of the leading companies in resort hotels worldwide, while also leveraging its experience to consolidate the growing segment of the leisure-inspired urban market. Its commitment to responsible tourism has led the Group to become the most sustainable hotel company in Spain and Europe in 2020, according to the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). It also has ranked seventh in the Wall Street Journal's list of the 100 most sustainably managed companies in the world (and the leading travel company) and is the only Spanish travel company included in the list of “Europe’s Climate Leaders 2021” by Financial Times. Meliá Hotels International is also included in the IBEX 35 Spanish stock market index and it is the Spanish hotel leader in Corporate Reputation (Merco Ranking). For more information, visit