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  • Double Dutch

    Cabaret: Irene van der Aart 8 november

    Double Dutch

    My COMPANY

    Dutch Business Association Vietnam

    │double dutchnr6 2008 oktober

    Vraag & aanbod

    Dinner is served

    Op de valreep, 10 vragen aan de familie van Hodder

    The IBUS Company

    hospitality industry

    New Company

  • Double Dutch is a magazine of the Dutch Business Association Vietnam. It is published 3 times a year.

    Editors Violette Brand violette@viodre.nl Barbara Piper roelofs.piper@mac.com Hilde Hoogwaerts hoogwaerts@pacific.net.sg Renske ten Bosch croonrens@gmail.com Design Margriet Kruse Translation Barbara Piper Marleen Sprik Advertisements info@dbav.net Deadline next issue: January 15th 2009 Subscription for non members 20 USD per year

    DBAV www.dbav.net New members can contact Mireille Kodden at info@dbav.net or dutchbusinessassociation@ gmail.com

    Nederlandse Vereniging Marjo Vaessen dutchbusinessassociation@ gmail.com

    Netherlands Alumni Network Vietnam www.nanv.com.vn

    Consulate General of the Netherlands www.mfa.nl/hcm-en hcm@minbuza.nl

    Postal address: C/o Consulate General of the Netherlands Saigon Tower 29 Le Duan Boulevard, District 1 Ho Chi Minh City

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  • Double Dutch is a magazine of the Dutch Business Association Vietnam. It is published 3 times a year.

    Editors Violette Brand violette@viodre.nl Barbara Piper roelofs.piper@mac.com Hilde Hoogwaerts hoogwaerts@pacific.net.sg Renske ten Bosch croonrens@gmail.com Design Margriet Kruse Translation Barbara Piper Marleen Sprik Advertisements info@dbav.net Deadline next issue: January 15th 2009 Subscription for non members 20 USD per year

    DBAV www.dbav.net New members can contact Mireille Kodden at info@dbav.net or dutchbusinessassociation@ gmail.com

    Nederlandse Vereniging Marjo Vaessen dutchbusinessassociation@ gmail.com

    Netherlands Alumni Network Vietnam www.nanv.com.vn

    Consulate General of the Netherlands www.mfa.nl/hcm-en hcm@minbuza.nl

    Postal address: C/o Consulate General of the Netherlands Saigon Tower 29 Le Duan Boulevard, District 1 Ho Chi Minh City

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    Summer came and went

    Barbara, Renske, Violette & Hilde

    The schools have started again and we are back in business with a new Double Dutch team of editors!

    Let us introduce ourselves to you: Violette Brand, Renske ten Bosch, Barbara Piper, Margriet Kruse and Hilde Hoogwaerts. We all have different backgrounds and bring different ideas and experiences into the team; we hope to answer to the broad range of interests of all our readers.

    The editorial has also changed and moved to the English part of the Double Dutch.

    For this edition, we brainstormed about possible subjects on the ‘Hospitality Industry’. In a way, we thought, all of us are semi-professionals in this field. Once in a while we all ‘run a bed and breakfast’ and are a tour-guide to all visitors that come to stay with us for a couple of days to, sometimes, even more than a month. Being hospitable means being open, welcoming, friendly, warm, generous and kind, just to name a few.

    People come and go, are moving in or moving out and we try to fit in into our new environment as quickly as possible. For some of us this is the first time being an expat far away from home, for others this is the last posting before retirement. It does not matter if you are just a beginner or a seasoned expat; it is always good to spend some time together. Maybe, because there is quite a gap between the local community and the expats here, foreigners need each other more, especially the partners of the working group. In addition, our culture, the Dutch school, humour and typical Dutch parties brings us all together. Check out the agenda as all of these typical Dutch events will bring the Cloggies together in the next few weeks.

    Last but not least, we would like to wish Andre and Bernie Haspels, the leaving Dutch ambassador and his wife, all the best with their new posting in The Hague, The Netherlands. They have always been very supportive of our work for the Double Dutch.

    A warm welcome to the new consul and his wife in Saigon, Mr and Mrs Jos en Heleen Schellaars. We hope you will have a good experience while being in Vietnam.

  • working working in Vietnam

    living in Vietnam

    The Number One Brand in the Netherlands

    3 From the NEW EDITORS 5 From the President 6 My company

    The Ibus Company

    7 My Company Freebizznet

    8 Art in Asia Hans Kemp

    9 Jo Demar Strategy and Marekting consultant - Marjo Vaessen

    10 Dutch Mission in Vietnam Monique Bennema

    11 My company Vietnam Journey

    12 Dinner is served

    14 Agenda 14 Dutch Mother Tong Activities 16 Foto pagina 17 Zoat

    Hockey Tournooi in Singapore

    18 Nederlandse School 19 Calling Saigon 20 Op de valreep

    Familie Hodder

    21 Even voorstellen Familie Piper-Roelofs

    22 Op de valreep Familie Mannien

    23 Even voorstellen Violette & Andre

    24 Bonsai Boat met beroemde chefs uit Nederland

    25 Roy’s Weblog 26 Vraag en Aanbod

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  • working working working

    DBAV board

    Treasurer Peter Kerckhaert

    Double Dutch

    Jos Langens

    Business Acitivities

    Marjo Vaessen

    Nederlandse Vereniging Double Dutch

    Secretary Mireille Kodden

    Website

    Vice President Tau van Ngo

    Business Activities

    Chairman Mark v.d. Assem

    Eurocham - Dutch Mission

    How time flies! Yet again I present to you another edition of the Double Dutch magazine.

    The theme of this issue is “The Hospitality industry”. Several DBAV members are building businesses in and around the hospitality industry and reading about their experiences gives us more insight into their line of work. Furthermore, some interviews and columns have been added to this issue. As sharing experiences is one of the aims of Double Dutch, I would like to encourage more of you to share your stories with us.

    I am also pleased to write that the DBAV and the NLV have delivered on their promise to make 2008 an active year. The Double Dutch magazine is proof of that but this year has also brought many well-visited events and until the end of the year the agenda is full. Please have a look at www.dbav.net for the latest activities.

    Additionally, I would like to take the opportunity to thank Ambassador Andre Haspels for his support to the DBAV and NLV. We wish him all the best in his new position in The Hague. At the same time we are pleased to welcome Jos en Heleen Schellaars, our new Consul and his partner in HCMC. With Ton van Zeeland and Andre Haspels in mind, we are confident that we will continue good cooperation.

    Enjoy reading this issue and I hope to see all of you at our coming events,

    DOUBLE DUTCH 2008│6 5

    working Mark van den Assem

    Double Dutch!

    Mark

  • working workingnew company in townibus development vietnam Many people living in Vietnam know of the Life Resorts and have visited them. Their beautiful locations and the Spa and Wellness they offer. But did you know what and who brought the Life Resorts to Vietnam?

    Wouter Roelofs, currently working for Life Resorts as the development manager for the new hotels and resorts is in the process of setting up IBUS Development Vietnam (IDV). He talks to us about the history and future in Vietnam.

    ‘The IBUS Company’ is a Dutch company and develops and invests in office, retail, residential and hotel properties in Europe and the United States and has done so for over 15 years. Life Resorts Management Company has always been a small part of the business, but a good learning experience of the Vietnamese market and how things work.

    So then what brought IBUS to Vietnam in the first place? It was by chance that a ‘market’ was found here for IBUS. This was in 2003. The CEO at the time made a holiday trip with his wife and met a local developer who was looking for an investor in his hotels. Soon after that Life Resorts Management Company was born and plans were made to set up a hotel chain in the 4 star international category. Both hotels Quy Nhon and Hoi An

    have had many reviews and won some prizes for best resorts in Vietnam and best Spa and Wellness. It has been quiet for a while, but the new resorts are under construction and on their way.

    And why a new company? For two main reasons: The first reason is that with the experience built with Life Resorts over the past years and the research done on Vietnam, we feel confident that we better understand the market. And we see great potential in the local real estate market. This then made IBUS decide about

    a year ago to set up a professional development company alongside the existing hotel management company. The new company will develop real estate broader than hotels and resort which asks for different specialisation and profession than managing hotels.

    Is there already an office in HCMC? At the moment we are in the process of applying for the Business License and we think we will have finalized this early November this year.

    What exactly are you going to do/your challenges in the coming years? We will develop real estate throughout Vietnam with a team of P

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