The QUO-branded Wink Hotels recently launched with a dazzling event in Saigon that attracted more than 300 industry guests, as well as local bloggers, models and influencers. An innovative and daring brand, Wink Hotels is set to transform the Vietnamese hotel industry.
QUO CEO David Keen sees the Wink brand as a tipping point for hospitality in the Indochina region, one that represents the democratising changes currently shifting the balance of power in the industry.
“It reflects a change in society in Vietnam and in Indochina – change that is happening as fast as a wink. The brand is fun, it’s entrepreneurial, it’s dynamic, it’s irreverent; it’s a brand that will be a catalyst for change for all of hospitality in Vietnam.”
Created for the dynamic new generation emerging throughout the region, Wink Hotels promises an eclectic cocktail of modernity, innovation and efficiency, all underpinned by traditional Vietnamese values.
“We call this new generation ‘Indochine 2.0’,” said Peter R. Ryder, co-founder of Indochina Vanguard Hotels and Chief Executive Officer of Indochina Capital Corporation. “Wink speaks to its core by representing the power and tenacity of the Vietnamese identity, by catering to their fast-paced, ever-changing lifestyles and immersing them in the cultural depths of the destination.”
Wink Hotels caters to the needs of Indochine 2.0 travellers by tapping into contemporary desires and expectations. Each hotel will feature multifunctional, multifaceted open-plan lobbies that offer entertainment, food and drink, a library and retail space; flexible minimalist-style guestrooms; state-of-the-art intuitive in-room technology; and well-equipped co-working spaces. An automated check-in system will allow travellers to save time on arrival, while a downloadable itinerary will give them an insider’s guide to the city that highlights the locale’s most exciting and unique spots.
“With Wink Hotels, we want to be more than just the stylish ‘new kid on the block’,” said Bruce Musick, co-founder of Indochina Vanguard Hotels and Group Chief Executive Officer of Vanguard Hotels. “We want to change and disrupt the local hotel industry by challenging passé, outdated notions of hospitality, and developing a truly innovative and exciting brand that resonates with young and young-at-heart local and regional travellers.”
A taste of the locale
Wink Hotels will also provide guests with a literal taste of the locale. The brand’s exciting new food concept sees vendor-style carts delivering the best local street food to the shophouse-inspired multi-use space on the ground floor.
“Vietnam deserves the best, and we want to bring the finest elements of the hospitality industry to this dynamic country,” says Michael Piro, co-founder of Indochina Vanguard Hotels and Chief Operating Officer of Indochina Land. “We will provide a consistent brand experience not only in primary markets such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang but also, over time, in many of Vietnam’s emerging secondary cities.”
The first Wink Hotel is planned for Ho Chi Minh City in Q3 2019.