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Da Nang moves to clean up low-end hotel market: report
By Thanh Nien News -
 An alley packed with small hotels in the central city of Da Nang. Photo credit: VnExpress
Da Nang, the high-achieving city in central Vietnam, is ready to take yet another step away from things that are small and not very good looking. 
Local authorities say they will do something about the large number of tiny hotels with poor quality services that are giving the city a bad name. 
Even though it is still unclear what that something will turn out to be, city officials are evidently not happy with most of the inns and lodgings that are ranked below three stars. 
Speaking to news website VnExpress, Tran Chi Cuong, vice director of the city's tourism department, quoted a recent survey as saying that, even though the hotel market has been rapidly expanded in recent years, most of the facilities are below standards, in terms of design and service quality. 
Many small hotels are not doing well, especially during off-season months when they operate at only 10 percent of their designed capacity, Cuong said.
He also blamed the issue on the absence of good management and a proper zoning plan for hotels.
Cuong's agency recently proposed the city provide local hotels with cheap loans so they can improve their infrastructure, VnExpress reported. 
In an effort to help fill up local hotels' capacity during the low season, Da Nang's tourism authority recently proposed a plan to reduce airport service costs for airlines, and call on carriers to launch new international flight routes to the city, VnExpress reported.
Under the plan, the network of tourist bus routes will also be expanded to as far as Hoi An Ancient Town.
As of June 30, 478 hotels were operational in Da Nang, of which 80.5 percent were given only one or two stars, according to official figures.
The city reported over two million visitors in the first half year, up 25 percent year on year.
Foreign arrivals were estimated at 600,000, an increase of 33 percent from the same period last year.