Hanoi, Vietnam -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/22/2013 -- Halong Luxury Travel seem to be going from strength to strength in the Halong Bay tour business. This dynamic company has been in operation for 17 years and is one of the leaders in the field of tourism, in Southeast Asia. They now have a specialist office in Halong City to compliment and work hand in hand with their 15 or so staff at the Hanoi Branch.
They specialize in recruiting young highly driven professionals who share a common love for their part of the world. All their staff have to speak English and this is paying dividends. From small beginnings the company is now recognized as a market leader.
Halong Bay has not been without its troubles of course. Safety concerns a couple of years back reached serious proportions after the tragic accident in which 12 people lost their lives. Government intervention has gone a tremendous way into allaying fears for holiday makers to Halong Bay. Halong Luxury Travel, guided by its parent company Asia Tour Advisor (ATA), only deals with the high end of the boat cruise companies. After the accident, the strict controls brought in to safeguard people, forced a lot of the smaller less reputable companies out of business. Now the best companies have survived and all new boats are built to a high level of deign.
Speaking of the policies at Halong Luxury Travel, Mr. Tran Truong CEO of ATA said, “We have only ever worked with the better, more reputable companies in Halong Bay. This has paid dividends for us. It is not just a matter of our reputation, we couldn’t knowingly put people in danger, it would be terrible if anything ever happened to one of our customers. They have become our friends over the years, with many returning year after year. It is imperative that they board a cruise vessel, knowing that it has all the necessary equipment and that the staff are well trained professionals, totally able to guarantee their safety.”
The policy has certainly worked as ATA and Halong Luxury Travel have reported record business this year. Thousands of people visit the Bay every year and it is essential that safety fears have been totally eradicated. The Bay is a treasure trove of scenic beauty. It has received more awards than any other place in the country. Recognized by UNESCO as both a World Heritage Site and a Special Biosphere, it has been voted onto the bucket lists of companies like CNN, Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor and many more.
Right from the early days when there weren’t so many cruise companies available to travel agents, Halong Luxury travel made the decision to work with only the best and they have stuck rigidly to that ethos. This has certainly paid dividends. The best cruise boats are superbly built vessels these days. They may look like traditional Sampans or Junks, but the are highly sophisticated craft, fully equipped with all the latest safety and navigation equipment.
The future of tourism in the bay, looks very good indeed.
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