The luxury travel market is bigger to day than over before. Increasing affluence in the late 1990s and 2000s has greatly expended the market and there appears to be no end in sight.
The recent economic climate has increased the wealth and purchasing power of many reflected in the arrival of luxury brands such as Gucci, Vertu, Louis Vuitton and Lacoste. As Viet Nam’s economy strengthens, the tourism industry is inevitably expanding its own horizons. Once considered a backpacker destination, Viet Nam is now attracting a different kind of tourist with growing high – end options.
Golfing holidays have developed fast over the last couple of years, with fourteen golf courses already in place from the north to the south and more under development. Spa, wine and food, beach vacations, family travel, cruise, honeymoon and romance travel are all becoming favorites for upscale travelers. Historically, travel has been synonymous with luxury. Travel for the sake of curiosity and fun was the domain of the wealthy. The average family rarely ventured beyond their own village. How things have changed !
Thomas Cook started what is arguably the first modern travel agency in the 19th century, selling cruise ship tickets to leisure travels. Viet Nam experienced it’s first taste of luxury travel in the early 19th Century, with the arrival of the Emeraude paddle steamer. Cruising the grottos of Ha Long Bay, for the most part, the Emeraude serviced wealthy French travelers visiting Indochina and beyond.
This type of travel was only available to a small percentage of the population. Indeed, real luxury travel as we think of it today was only for the very elite until 1950s when business travel became more common and popular. Initially, most business travelers went by land. The advent of air travel made the world smaller, allowing people to travel further and faster. This style of transport, however, was still expensive, exotic and dangerous.
These days, the whole idea of luxury has moved up a notch. What was considered “Luxury” just a few years before is now available to a much larger slice of the population. Branded hotels, cruises lines, international resorts and luxury tours companies continue to create new products to meet the demand of the disceming travels. Viet Nam’s tourism authority should focus on the market segment; the amount each tourist spends, rather than just the number of tourists traveling in Viet Nam.
According to Mr. Pham. CEO of Luxury Travel Viet Nam, “the Viet Nam’s tourism authority must think outside the box and get out of the image crisis about Viet Nam as a destination; they should aim to promote a luxury image of this country”.
Viet Nam’s first luxury tour company commenced operation in 2004 to satisfy the increasing number of luxury travelers coming to the country for leisure and business. “ We recently returned from our wonderful 15 day journey to Viet Nam and Cambodia arranged by Luxury Travel Viet Nam,” said Pamela Solvang, Shark TV, Texas, USA. “ We have used the best luxury travel companies in the US and else where and can attest that Luxury Travel Vietnam provides excellent services!”
Luxury Travel Viet Nam
05 Nguyen Truong To Str., Ba Dinh Dist, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
26 Dong Khoi Street, Dist 1, Saigon
Phone: +84.4.39274120 Exit 108
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www. Luxury Travel Vietnam.com