A Year in Review: Luxury Travel Vietnam in 2018
2018 has indeed been a very successful year for Luxury Travel Vietnam. Last year was quite significant for Vietnam tourism, not only for its steep increase in a number of foreign visitors but also for the great initiatives implemented by Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) to flaunt the diverse resources of the country on global tourism platform. Moreover, Vietnam Government has issued new action plans for the overall development of the tourism sector to maintain the sustainability of this industry.
Luxury Travel Vietnam At Travel Trade Shows in 2018
Luxury Travel Vietnam was an active participant with VNAT at all Vietnam Tourism Roadshows to promote Vietnam tourism across all continents and develop new business relationships. We portrayed all kinds of travel experiences from all corners of Vietnam to fit the diverse travel aspirations of the traveling community. Our journey started from Australia and New Zealand, followed by European nations and finally US and Canada. Besides this national tourism venture, we represented Vietnam in all leading international travel trade shows around the year starting from Fitur in Spain, ITB in Berlin, PATA in Malaysia, WTM in London, Top Resa in France, and FIT in Argentina. We signed and closed some more B2B deals following these international tourism events in 2018. This has helped us to add a new dimension to our business portfolio as we have penetrated into some new European nations expanding our business periphery.
Luxury Travel Vietnam Partnerships
Based in Vietnam, Luxury Travel Vietnam undeniably possesses a soft corner for Vietnam tourism, but we focus to promote the tourism sector of Southeast Asia, especially across Indochina borders. Hence, we have introduced more tours and travel experiences across Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand. Indochina Discovery Through French Colonial and Historic Vestiges is one of our latest introductions.
To complement the luxury travel experiences of our discerning travelers even in the remotest spots of Indochina, our new Contracting Manager has helped us to partner with more than 250 hotels, resorts, and homestays in 2018 making our total partnerships in Southeast Asia to reach 400+ among which Hilton, Park Hyatt, JW Marriott, Four Season Hotel & Resort are few of the many high-end partnerships that we rejoice.
We operate our own fleet of luxury vehicles and cruises to provide the best of the ultra-luxurious journey for our guests. However, beyond our scope of operation, we tie up with the best local service providers. In the last year, we have established a partnership with chartered flight service providers which has ensured a new level of experiences for our guests. We are already celebrating partnerships with Victoria Express Train and cruises like Heritage Lines, Indochina Sails, Paradise Cruise and many more.
Luxury Travel Vietnam New Takeoffs
In our constant process to innovate and improvise our products and services, we have crafted new product experiences in 2018. Sensing the shifting outlooks towards luxury travel where seclusion and the great extent of personalized services take over the flamboyant show of materialistic extravagance, our highly efficient product team has introduced new cruising experiences in the unexplored Gulf of Tonkin region.
Our cruise brand, Emperor Cruises launched its third 5-star ultra-luxury cruise in the Cat Ba Archipelago to let the guests enjoy and experience the sheer magnificence of limestone seascape and virgin nature in seclusion.
Following the success of Emperor Cruises in Nha Trang, Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay, and Cat Ba Archipelago, we planned for our newest brand, Heritage Cruises with the idea of reinventing the heritage of Vietnam. It will be the first boutique cruise in Vietnam to navigate through a completely new sea-route of the unexplored Red River and Gulf of Tonkin. We celebrated the keel laying ceremony of the very first ship of Heritage Cruises fleet on October 19, 2018, at Hai Phong, the biggest sea-port in North Vietnam.
Our Founder CEO, Mr. Pham Ha said in one of the press conferences, “In due course of time, we will build a fleet of 10 boutique cruise ships in Vietnam. Our first Heritage Dragon and Heritage Phoenix Cruises will operate from Got Harbor in Haiphong for day cruises, with scheduled one or two-night programs such as Heritage Discover and Heritage Explorer. There will be optional choices for 3-4 nights’ expeditions.”
The first, 20 all-suite cabin Heritage Dragon cruise will set sail in May 2019 providing authentic and unique experiences to around 40 guests. We are also pleased to announce that Heritage Cruises has already received its bookings for the maiden voyage.
Eat Like Locals by the Secret Hideaway in Westlake
Dive deep into the local culture and authenticities is the new vogue among luxury travelers. Besides experiencing the destinations and local lifestyle, food plays an important role to evoke the true essence of a region. This increasing demand for relishing the authentic flavors of local cuisine among the travelers the is what that has turned us to create our new culinary brand, Eat Like Locals by the Secret Hideaway in Westlake. In an ultra-cosy ambiance with aesthetic décor overlooking the tranquil West Lake in Hanoi, Eat Like Locals by the Secret Hideaway in Westlake offers a wide range of authentic Vietnamese cuisine starting from the highly structured ceremonial of Vietnam’s tea as welcome drink to provide an extra bit of authenticity to our high-end customers during their vacation stays in Vietnam.
Luxury Travel Awards and Achievements
We always strive to ensure that our guest experiences are authentic, unique, intimate, memorable and safe. When our company creates memories touching hearts, we believe that they give them many years of enjoyment. So when our guests express their satisfaction and praise for our services with special mentions for our team members through reviews on the various social platforms, that is the biggest accolade for us.
Last year was also a big year for us in terms of achievements and recognition. We won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018, got nominated for World Travel Awards 2018 under three categories as Asia’s Leading Tour Operator 2018, Asia’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator 2018 and Vietnam’s Leading Tour Operator 2018 and won the prestigious The Guide Awards 2017-18.
Following the successes, experiences and new take-offs in the previous year, 2019 is an important year for Luxury Travel Vietnam to take up many steps to sketch the pathway for a better tomorrow.