Handetour at Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Shows on 27-28 Feb 2016

Handetour.Com Vietnam cordially invite you to our Booth #1015 at Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show on 27-28 Feb 2016.

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Los Angeles, CA, USA — Handetour.Com Vietnam cordially invite you to our Booth #1015 at Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show on 27-28 Feb 2016 – Where you could find travel information, plan and book your next trips to Vietnam and South East Asia (http://www.handetour.com/News/News-and-Events/meet-handetour-at-los-angeles-travel-a-adventure-shows-on-27-28-feb-2016.html).

Handetour at Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show

TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE SHOW 2016

“We are excited you’ve found the LA Travel & Adventure Shows – the ONLY travel show in Los Angeles and the largest travel show in the Nation! It is THE place where travelers congregate annually to dream, plan, and book their next vacations. You’ll be inspired and get ideas on where to go, what to do and the latest travel information to keep you in the know- along with a bona fide list of reputable travel companies that have been serving our attendees for years..

In today’s hectic world, vacation time is limited. At the LA Travel Show, we understand your time is precious. So, when you do get a chance to travel, you want to make it count. You have to know what destinations may be the best fit for your interests, what destinations will offer the most value, when the best times of the year are to go, and what to do when you get there. It’s like walking through a living guide book with thousands of world experts to talk to. You can spend countless days and hours searching the internet or thumbing through a book for this information. Or, you can make the first stop of your next vacation the LA Travel & Adventure Show-a travel lover’s paradise and information hub.

We’ve put together some useful tips to make the most of your LA Travel Show experience and help you as you embark on “your next destination”.”

About Handetour (http://www.handetour.com):

HANDETOUR, Vietnam Travel with its head office situated in Hanoi capital, Vietnam, was established in early 2006 by Mr. Nguyen Tuan Anh and his team, soon becoming a Professional Inbound Tour Operator with thousands of travel agents and clients all over the world.

HANDETOUR, A local, reliable Vietnam Tour Operator and Vietnam Travel Agency, specializes in High Quality and Luxury Travel in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

HANDETOUR provides tourists with classic culture and leisure tours, luxury tours, cruises, set departure tours, daily excursions, special interest tours and other travel services (quality accommodation booking, fast visa service, easy ticket booking, transportation arrangement, qualified tour guide/ interpreter hire and M.I.C.E planning) within Indochina countries.

HANDETOUR also provides tourists with other Asian multi-countries tours including Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, China, etc.

HANDETOUR (established on 26th April 2006)
+ Business License No: 0101929662 by Hanoi Planning and Investment Department
+ International Tour Operator License No: 01-380 / TCDL-GP LHQT by Vietnam Administration Of Tourism
+ Member of: Vietnam Tourism Association (VITA #2436); Vietnam Society Of Travel Agents (VISTA); Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT); Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Hanoi Tourism); Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA #6989); American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA # 900169082); Vietnam Chamber Of Commerce And Industry (VCCI)

Media Contact:
Nguyen Tuan Anh
Handetour
+84 4 36416359
tuananh@handetour.com
http://www.handetour.com

Handetour Announces Vietnam Visa FREE for Indian Passport Holders

In an attempt to lure more Indian tourists to the company, Handetour.Com offer Vietnam visa FREE for Indian passport holders (free authorized visa letter at Vietnam side only) for those who book Handetour.Com’s Vietnam Tours from 01 Dec 2015 to 30 Sep 2016.

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Hanoi, Vietnam (November 28, 2015) — In an attempt to lure more Indian tourists to the company, Handetour.Com offer Vietnam visa FREE for Indian passport holders (free authorized visa letter at Vietnam side only) for those who book Handetour.Com’s Vietnam Tours from 01 Dec 2015 to 30 Sep 2016.

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Handetour’s travel experts say that all Indian passport holders NEED visa to Vietnam and may obtain at Vietnamese embassies in India or from the Vietnamese embassies in a third country or at Vietnam international airports so-called Vietnam visa on arrival. They suggest simple procedures to get Vietnam visa for Indian:

1 – Indian passport holders could apply Vietnam Visa in India at the Vietnamese Embassy in New Delhi or Consulate General of Vietnam in Mumbai.

Submit the followings in person or by mail then obtain visa within a week.
1 – Original Passport (valid 06 months)
2 – One completed application form for a Vietnam visa
3 – One passport sized photo of 4×6 cm
4 – Visa fee payable to Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate General of Vietnam
5 – Prepaid self-addressed return envelope, preferably by FedEx or Priority Courier Indian Post with tracking number

Embassy of Vietnam in New Delhi, India
Address: 17, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapur, New Delhi, 110 021, India
Phone: +91-11-301-8059
Fax: +91-11-2301 9818
Email: sqdelhi@del3.vsnl.net.in
Website: http://www.mofa.gov.vn/vnemb.india

Consulate General of Vietnam in Mumbai, India
Address: Wajeda House, Gulmohat Cross Road No.7, Juhu Scheme, Mumbai, 400 049, India
Phone: +91-22-2620-8589
Fax: +91-22-2624-8538
Email: vietnam@mtnl.net.in
Website: http://www.vietnamconsulate-mumbai.org/vi

2 – Indian passport holders could obtain Vietnam visa in a third country at the Vietnamese Embassy or Vietnamese Consulate.

3 – Indian passport holders could obtain Vietnam visa on arrival at Vietnam international airports – Hanoi airport (Noi Bai Airport), Danang Airport, Nha Trang Airport (Cam Ranh Airport), Ho Chi Minh Airport (Tan San Nhat Airport)

They also recommend Vietnam tours for Indian passport holders.

Hanoi Capital
• HANOI – HALONG (03days/02nights)
• HANOI – HALONG (OVERNIGHT ON BOARD) (04days/03nights)
• HANOI – HALONG – HOA LU (05days/04nights)

Centre Of Vietnam
• DANANG – HOIAN – MYSON – HUE – DANANG (4days/3nights)
• HUE – DANANG – HOIAN – MYSON – HOIAN (5days/4nights)
• DANANG – HOIAN – MYSON – QUANG BINH – BANA – DANANG (6days/5nights)

Ho Chi Minh City
• HOCHIMINH – CU CHI TUNNEL (3days/2nights)
• HOCHIMINH – CUCHI TUNNEL – MEKONG DELTA (04days/03nights)
• HOCHIMINH – VUNG TAU – HOCHIMINH (04days/03nights)
• HOCHIMINH – CUCHI – VUNGTAU – MEKONG (05days/04nights)

Special Note:
1. Vietnam government has reduced visa stamping fee (At the airport to get visa on arrival) from 45usd to 25usd from 23 Nov 2015 onwards
2. Cambodia visa on arrival recommendation – no need to do anything in advance, just bring passport and photo (4×6) to airport immigration counter and pay 30usd to get visa stamp
3. Laos visa on arrival only recommendation – no need to do anything in advance, just bring passport and photo (4×6) to airport immigration counter and pay 30usd to get visa stamp

ABOUT HANDETOUR (http://www.handetour.com)

HANDETOUR with its head office situated in Hanoi capital, Vietnam, was established in early 2006 by Mr. Nguyen Tuan Anh and his team, soon becoming a Professional Inbound Tour Operator with thousands of travel agents and clients all over the world.

HANDETOUR, A local, reliable Vietnam Tour Operator and Vietnam Travel Agency, specializes in High Quality and Luxury Travel in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

HANDETOUR provides tourists with classic culture and leisure tours, luxury tours, cruises, set departure tours, daily excursions, special interest tours and other travel services (quality accommodation booking, fast visa service, easy ticket booking, transportation arrangement, qualified tour guide/ interpreter hire and M.I.C.E planning) within Indochina countries.

HANDETOUR also provides tourists with other Asian multi-countries tours including Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, China, etc.

HANDETOUR (established on 26th April 2006)
+ Business License No: 0101929662 by Hanoi Planning and Investment Department
+ International Tour Operator License No: 01-380 / TCDL-GP LHQT by Vietnam Administration Of Tourism
+ Member of: Vietnam Tourism Association (VITA #2436); Vietnam Society Of Travel Agents (VISTA); Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT); Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Hanoi Tourism); Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA #6989); American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA # 900169082); Vietnam Chamber Of Commerce And Industry (VCCI)

Media Contact:
Nguyen Tuan Anh
Handetour
+84 4 36416359
tuananh@handetour.com
http://www.handetour.com

Handetour Vietnam to Draw More American Tourists

Handetour Vietnam is participating in Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show – The largest travel show in the US on 27-28 Feb 2016 to draw more American tourists to the company.

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Los Angeles, CA, USA (November 23, 2015) — Handetour Vietnam is participating in Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show – The largest travel show in the US on 27-28 Feb 2016 to draw more American tourists to the company. Handetour has its own booth #1015 where American could find travel information, plan and book their next tours to Vietnam and Indochina.

Handetour director, Mr. Tuan Anh Nguyen said “With more than 320 million population, 70 million travelers abroad, nearly half a million travel to Vietnam and spend more than US$100 million in Vietnam each year, American travel market shows immense potential for the company’ future growth”.

He also figured out the details “443,826 American arrivals in 2012; 432,228 American arrivals in 2013; 443,776 American arrivals in 2014 and in the first six months of 2015, the number of American visitors to Vietnam reached 255,868, just after China, South Korea and Japan. Americans spend more than US$80 billion each year on tourism and this is a major point of interest to developing countries. They spend most in Vietnam – more than US$100 million, reported by Visa Inc”.

Vietnam is a real colorful country to visit with the friendly people, the scenic countryside, the bustling cities, the nice beaches, the delicious cuisine and the rich culture.

Top 10 things that American tourists should do in Vietnam was suggested by The US Huffington Post.

1 – One of the first things suggested is walking in the Old Quarter and around the Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi capital.
2 – Visiting Ha Long Bay, the natural heritage of the world, is the second suggestion.
3 – Sa Pa is the next destination in the S-shaped country.
4 – Coming to Vietnam, visitors can enjoy Vietnamese style coffee and sunflower seeds on the sidewalk.
5 – Vietnamese pho is a dish not to be missed.
6 – Markets are also a unique facet of the culture of Vietnam.
7 – Hoi An ancient town is one of the most attractive destinations in Vietnam.
8 – Going to the Mekong Delta and the floating markets there.
9 – Vietnam home-stay is also one of the fun activities.
10 – The last thing that American tourists love to do in Vietnam are interested in is singing karaoke late at night.

About Handetour (http://www.handetour.com):

HANDETOUR, Vietnam Travel with its head office situated in Hanoi capital, Vietnam, was established in early 2006 by Mr. Nguyen Tuan Anh and his team, soon becoming a Professional Inbound Tour Operator with thousands of travel agents and clients all over the world.

HANDETOUR, A local, reliable Vietnam Tour Operator and Vietnam Travel Agency, specializes in High Quality and Luxury Travel in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

HANDETOUR provides tourists with classic culture and leisure tours, luxury tours, cruises, set departure tours, daily excursions, special interest tours and other travel services (quality accommodation booking, fast visa service, easy ticket booking, transportation arrangement, qualified tour guide/ interpreter hire and M.I.C.E planning) within Indochina countries.

HANDETOUR also provides tourists with other Asian multi-countries tours including Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, China, etc.

HANDETOUR (established on 26th April 2006)
+ Business License No: 0101929662 by Hanoi Planning and Investment Department
+ International Tour Operator License No: 01-380 / TCDL-GP LHQT by Vietnam Administration Of Tourism
+ Member of: Vietnam Tourism Association (VITA #2436); Vietnam Society Of Travel Agents (VISTA); Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT); Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Hanoi Tourism); Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA #6989); American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA # 900169082); Vietnam Chamber Of Commerce And Industry (VCCI)

Media Contact:
Nguyen Tuan Anh
Handetour
+84 4 36416359
tuananh@handetour.com
http://www.handetour.com

TPConnects’ First Airline Customer Now Live with IATA NDC with the Latest Publication of the NDC Standard

The aggregator and booking tool with NDC standard will change the way air travel is retailed by giving travel agents the capability to access features and options typically available only through airline websites.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — TPConnects, a technology solution provider to the global trade today confirmed that its Travel Aggregator platform based on IATA NDC’s XML-based data transmission standard is now live for its first airline customer in United Arab Emirates.

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The announcement of the first airline delivering live transaction with IATA NDC standard in Africa and Middle East region was made by IATA’s Director General and CEO, Tony Tyler, during the IATA Middle East and Africa Aviation day in Abu Dhabi, UAE on 27th October.

By adapting the NDC Standard and using TPConnects platform, the airline will be able to differentiate its products and services, distribute the entirety of the product portfolio, including ancillaries and promotional fares, present the airline’s products in an attractive manner using rich format like photos and videos, expand the amount of information available on each product: attributes, facilities, policies, passenger reviews etc. and offer value-added products and services when applicable in addition to other non-air product offerings like hotels, cars, activities, event and concert tickets and insurance.

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Kristine Fernandez, Director Business Development at TPConnects said; ‘We are glad that our first airline customer went live with IATA NDC. With the airline industry under extreme financial pressure, stiff competition, consumers grow increasingly tech-savvy and mobile, TPConnects booking and distribution tool with NDC standard assist airlines to adopt a merchandising strategy that not only takes the need of travelers into account, but also achieves the main goal of airline to increase its profits and shift from a service provider to a retailer.

With TPConnects aggregator platform, travel agents are now able to search, compare and sell all the products and services of the airline including ancillaries and non-air products such as hotels, car, activities and insurance. With volume business, airlines are now able to negotiate better rates from the non-air product suppliers which will eventually benefit the end customers. Alternatively, the switch model enables the travel agents to plug their own credentials and contracted rates from suppliers.

TPConnects is using IATA NDC standard to connect to many airlines, and GDS’s to receive up-to-the-minute flight availability, pricing and offers, both bundled and unbundled.

TPConnects merchandising solution let airlines create and distribute tailored customer offerings.

About TPConnects
Established in 2012, TPConnects is the next generation travel booking solution: an innovative cloud based travel booking and distribution tool for travel agencies, airlines, online travel agencies and tour operators with a merchandising engine. TPConnects is a values-based company driven by the mission “Shaping the future of travel distribution.” Our proposition is simple: we want to help airlines to retail travel products, deliver rich content, bundle offers and provide consumers with the ability to create their own offers-choosing services like hotels, activities and enable travel agents to search, compare and sell travel products..

TPConnects along with other aggregators who follow the New Distribution Capability (NDC) standards, will change the way air travel is retailed by giving travel agents and travel management companies (TMCs) the capability to access features and options typically available only on airline websites. TPConnects is the only aggregator that works for both airlines and travel agencies.

TPConnects delivers efficiencies to both leisure and business travel consultants. Travel Consultants will be able to search, compare, and select products based on customer preference. If the customers wish to reveal their identity, the agent only needs to log in to TPConnects’ personalization page. For a travel management company, this cuts the time it takes to complete the booking process by up to almost 50%. The integration also distributes efficiencies throughout agency mid- and back-office processes with additional benefits in terms of customer information, tracking and reporting. TPConnects platform is Cloud Based (SAAS), Secure, Service Focused, Scalable, Fast, flexible, Shared and Usage based.

TPConnects is largely focused on delivering an aggregator system connecting buyers with sellers and a merchandising engine to airlines in the developing world, facilitating the sale of anything (flights, hotels, ancillaries, event tickets, cars, activities etc.) through any channel (B2B, B2C, B2B2C, B2B2B) using any form of payment (Cash, Credit Card, BSP, Prepaid).

With its development center in Calicut, India and Bucharest, Romania along with the representation office in Dubai, UAE TPConnects’ goal is to shape the future of travel distribution with the new IATA NDC Schema.

For more information, please contact:
Suzanne Lawrence
Head of PR & Marketing
00971567346091
management@tpconnects.com
http://www.tpconnects.com

“Wellness Travel: Shaping America’s Health & Economy” Report Released by Wellness Tourism Worldwide

Wellness Tourism Worldwide (WTW), a leading wellness tourism research, education and consulting business, is pleased to announce the release of “Wellness Travel: Shaping America’s Health & Economy.”

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Los Angeles, CA, USA (August 28, 2014) — Wellness Tourism Worldwide (WTW), a leading wellness tourism research, education and consulting business, is pleased to announce the release of “Wellness Travel: Shaping America’s Health & Economy.”

Quoted below in italics is an excerpt from “Wellness Travel: Shaping America’s Health & Economy” outlining who should be involved and why*:

• Medical professionals & wellness practitioners who understand the value of vacations in promoting mental health, physical activity and social engagement
• Parks and recreation professionals and outdoor outfitters who value nature’s solution to a sedentary and urbanized lifestyle
• Museums, cultural attractions and organizations that understand art’s important role to engagement, innovation, creativity and emotional, intellectual, physical and social well-being
• Farms, ranches and food related organizations and companies who seek to preserve local food culture and improve health & sustainability
• Travel businesses, organizations, associations and professionals that understand vacations are a need, not a luxury and that travel is a top contributor to the economy
• Meeting planners and human resource professionals who recognize the growing emphasis on a sustainable work-force and the need to maintain the health of meeting and conference participants
• Organizations that promote family values and understand the need for quality time, personal enrichment and memory making through travel
• Progressive business executives, managers & entrepreneurs who value vacations’ positive impact on productivity and work/life balance
• Labor unions & other organizations representing workers and advocate for employee rights, benefits and compensation
• Insurance companies seeking to reduce claims through wellness promotion and by encouraging physical, social and emotional well-being through an active and engaged way of life
• Teachers, schools, universities, colleges and institutions that promote life-long learning, social studies, creative arts, language skills and educational enrichment
• Social justice organizations that support fair trade and responsible community development
• Environmental organizations that understand that people’s health is tied to the environment in which they live and recreate
• All people who care about work/life balance, quality of life and well-being

Defining wellness has been a challenge to advocates, academics and businesses but even more formidable has been facilitating higher levels of individual, social and national well-being.

Wellness Travel in America: Shaping Health, Businesses & Economy provides unprecedented data on wellness travel in the United States, examining a broad spectrum of stakeholders and confluences between sectors affecting both population and economic health. A culmination of U.S. consumer survey data and extensive research across multiple industries, the report can be used to understand how wellness travel can play a significant role in disease prevention, workplace wellness, vacation policy development, tourism development and destination marketing.

Over 60 tables and figures are contained in this comprehensive 90-page document. The report includes an extensive review of wellness trends, workplace policies, and proprietary data collection and analysis of US consumers interested in healthy travel resulting in a data-driven profile marketers can use to promote their brand.

Epidemic levels of stress, obesity, sleep problems and lack of balance between home and work are drivers to the surging interest in wellness, affecting the way businesses operate. While wellness has garnered attention over the last several years, there has been very little discussion regarding what wellness travel means to U.S. consumers, businesses and the travel industry.

Concepts such as wellness vacations, healthy hotels, and business related wellness perks are on the rise as organizations seek to contain healthcare costs and drive volume and profits.

This report can be used to:

• Better integrate wellness concepts in leisure travel and business
• Gain understanding of wellness travel consumers, their interests, perceptions and needs as well as motivations, decisions and preferences in order to
• Better conceptualize wellness tourism as away to mitigate health, social and environmental problems related to an urbanized, industrialized world
• Improve, innovate and create travel products and services to positively impact health, happiness, productivity and ultimately strengthen America’s economy
• Promote healthy lifestyle vacation travel as an engine for economic growth, personal enrichment and better work/life balance

Wellness Tourism Worldwide Founder & CEO, Camille Hoheb, remarked, “Wellness tourism cuts across multiple sectors to stimulate entrepreneurship, innovation and a more comprehensive approach to population health and financial stability.” Adding, “Wellness Tourism Worldwide is constantly seeking ways to help others achieve their professional success and personal wellness goals and we believe this Wellness Travel: Shaping America’s Health & Economy, provides ample recommendations to do just that.”

Those wishing to get involved in wellness travel are invited to contact Wellness Tourism Worldwide through the contact page http://www.wellnesstourismworldwide.com/contact.html.

The report will be available for purchase online September 2, 2014 at http://www.wellnesstourismworldwide.com.

* The excerpt from “Wellness Travel: Shaping America’s Health & Economy” in this press release is the property of Wellness Tourism Worldwide and any reference, citation or quotation is to be credited as “Wellness Travel: Shaping America’s Health & Economy prepared by Wellness Tourism Worldwide.”

About Wellness Tourism Worldwide: Wellness Tourism Worldwide (WTW) is a leader in education, development and promotion of wellness travel. WTW works with companies, destinations and travel entrepreneurs to deliver meaningful experiences and boost revenue by improving the well-being of guests and clients. (http://www.wellnesstourismworldwide.com)

Media Contact: Camille Hoheb | camille@wellnesstourismworldwide.com | 310-720-1755

Luxury Travel Just Launched A Half Day Trip To Cu Chi Tunnels by Waterway From Saigon

The new way to visit the tunnels is very convenient, taking just 1 hour and 15 minutes to get from Ho Chi Minh City, with NO traffic jams! Saigon’s based daytrippers can admire the perspective of the HCMC skyline as they cruise upstream on the new yacht.

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Hanoi, Vietnam, November 10, 2013 — “Many travelers go by road to Cu Chi, but you will take a half day excursion by waterway to the famous tunnels, which stretched for over 200 km and became legendary during the 1960s when they played a vital part in the American War.” Says Pham Ha, Founder and CEO of Luxury Travel Ltd.

“Your adventure starts from Bach Dang Pier, and you will go on a scenic tour to discover the natural beauty and Vietnamese lifestyle along the river bank. Binh Duong Province is on the right hand side and Ho Chi Minh City on the left as you begin cruising through the frontier and you willed be amazed that just a few minutes from Bustling Saigon, there lies a peaceful countryside and amazing life in the world of water.”

The boat will continue to Cu Chi (Ben Dinh) which now is a popular spot for both Vietnamese and foreign tourists. Take a short walk to the “iron triangle” of Cu Chi. Travelers will have plenty of time to explore the tunnel system and watch a video about them, which includes commentary from former soldiers to help travelers better understand the history of the area.

In their heyday, the tunnels were a functioning underground city, including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens. After an hour and a half visiting the tunnels, travelers will go on boat back to Saigon where the tour ends.

Tour price start at 98 USD for the private party of 6 people, including private pick up and drop off services, entrances fees, water, fruits, boat trip and English speaking tour guide. Tour departs daily from 8 am or 1 pm for afternoon option. Discover more at http://www.luxurytravelvietnam.com.

Vietnam-based Luxury Travel Ltd. is a long established Asian specialist in the art of travel and serves today’s most sophisticated travelers with luxury privately guided and fully bespoke touring holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. Luxury Travel Ltd. has won numerous travel awards for excellent performance, including the most recent award: “The Finest and Most Innovative Luxury Travel and Tour Operator.” Visit Luxury Travel on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/luxurytravelcompany.

Media Contact:
Link Doan
Luxury Travel Group Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Street,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi, Vietnam
84439274120
marketing@luxurytravelvietnam.com
http://www.LuxuryTravelVietnam.com

Wellness Tourism Worldwide Announces Top 10 Wellness Travel Trends for 2014

2nd Annual Forecast Pre-Release.

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Los Angeles, CA, USA (October 30, 2013) — Wellness Tourism Worldwide, a leading wellness travel business, is pleased to announce the release of its “Top 10 Wellness Travel Trends of 2014”. The forecast is based on data collection and research conducted throughout the year that consolidated trends across several sectors and industries to bring practical knowledge to both individuals and businesses.

WTW’s data and trend analysis included: site visits, literary review, surveys, interviews and feedback from consumers, travel trade, healthcare professionals, wellness experts and academia.

Camille Hoheb, wellness travel industry expert and founder of Wellness Tourism Worldwide and Editor of the Wellness Travel Journal noted, “The multi-dimensionality of wellness opens the door to a whole new world.” She added, “This forecast will encourage consumers and business to think of vacation travel in new ways. Our data shows that consumers view vacations as an important way to improve health, happiness and productivity. Vacation trips are often a catalyst for transformation and consumers view wellness travel as a personal investment.”

While last year’s forecast focused on the impact of wellness on air transit, hotel accommodation and destinations; this year’s report is focused on business and marketing strategy. The report, “Top 10 Wellness Travel Trends for 2014: Boosting Sales & Maximizing Profits” will be released in January.

Snapshot: Top 10 Wellness Travel Trends for 2014 (descriptions below)

1. Mind Matters
2. The Rise of Wellness Travel Agents
3. La Local Vita
4. Breaking Bread with Wellness Travel
5. Vacation RX
6. Looking for Personal Enrichment
7. Burgeoning Secondary Wellness Market
8. Slow Travel
9. Affluent & Altruistic
10. Spas on a Mission

Mind Matters:
Consumers have caught on to mindful vacations that offer mental restoration. Practices learned on a trip such as meditation, yoga, qi going and journaling can be incorporated at home to help manage stress, improve cognitive capacity and maintain emotional equilibrium.

The Rise of Wellness Travel Agents
With the growing interest in trips to enhance mind, body and spirit, wellness tourism has created a new niche for travel agents to grow or expand their business while offering a personally and professionally rewarding career specialty.

La Local Vita:
Consumers have developed a deeper appreciation for locally relevant and authentic experiences with an emphasis on living “la local vita” (the local life). Mindsets have shifted away from tourist behavior to a keen interest in community-based exploration where getting to know the locals in a meaningful way sweetens the experience.

Breaking Bread With Wellness
Food tourism is a big trend intersecting with wellness travel. In addition to the physical aspect of sustenance; food tours, cooking classes, agriculture and farm-to-table experiences speak to the emotional, social, intellectual and sustainable aspects of well-being.

Vacation RX:
“Take 2 weeks and call me in the morning.” Physicians are now prescribing vacations as an antidote from stress. Doctor’s orders for physical activity in parks are also being written to help combat obesity and diabetes in children.

Looking for Personal Enrichment
With the understanding that wellness is more than fitness and nutrition, consumers are choosing trips that either focus solely on personal enrichment or as a part of their travel plans. Many consumers are viewing vacations, weekend getaways and retreats as a catalyst for change.

Slow Travel:
Have you ever felt pressured to run through your vacation checking off sites to see and things to do? Slow travel advocates changing the pace in order to sip, savor and revel in the vacation experience.

Affluent & Altruistic:
Spurned by personal growth and discovery, affluent travelers value experiences connecting them to charitable causes and local communities. Volunteering on vacation has become increasingly popular and research shows altruism can improve well-being.

Burgeoning Secondary Wellness Market: There is a large segment of travelers who may not opt for wellness retreats or tours but are committed to maintaining their healthy lifestyle on the road. Air transit and hotels are investing resources to attract these guests that are both business and leisure travelers.

Spas on a Mission:
The spa industry is staking a claim on wellness tourism and on wellness in general. Eager to shake the image of pampering for the affluent, spas are repacking and rebranding as wellness providers to attract a larger market.

To request a free download of the Infographic “Top 10 Wellness Travel Trends for 2014” please go to http://www.wellnesstourismworldwide.com.

About Wellness Tourism Worldwide
Wellness Tourism Worldwide’s (WTW) mission is to improve well-being and economic growth through travel by providing market intelligence, education, training, and promotion of wellness travel to destinations, suppliers, sellers and consumers. Our consulting team is responsible for tourism education, development, branding and promotion, healthy destination accreditation, spa operations, hotel management, leisure travel sales, hospital administration & health promotion. WTW publishes the Wellness Travel Journal (WTJ), a monthly e-publication inspiring, educating and motivating readers to invest in themselves through wellness vacations and retreats. Our B2C approach offers advertisers a direct line to consumers worldwide while also linking buyers to suppliers, making WTJ a valuable resource for industry and consumers alike. (http://www.wellnesstourismworldwide.com)

Contact: Camille Hoheb | camille@wellnesstourismworldwide.com | 310 720-1755

Luxury Travel Vietnam to Seek Growth from Halal Tourism

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The Leading Specialist, Luxury Travel to Seek Growth from the Niche Market Luxury Travel (LuxuryTravels.asia) to Seek Growth from Halal Tourism.

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Hanoi, Vietnam (October 8, 2013) — The leading halal specialist has revamped its website (http://www.vietnamhalalholidays.com), published guide book and attends various tourism shows to promote Vietnam tourism for high-end muslim holidaymakers.

According to Luxury Travel Ltd (http://www.luxurytravels.asia), about 23% of the world population is Muslim. Of these, around 62% live in Asia – Pacific, 20% in the Middle East- North Africa, 15% in Sub Saharan Africa, around 3% in Europe and 0.3% in the Americas.

“Halal tourism is leisure and travel that complies with Islamic law, such as the provision of cuisine and beverages that contain no pork or alcohol, and the separation of men and women at tourist events and sites.” says CEO and Founder Pham Ha of Luxury Travel Ltd.

“Halal tourism is not complicated. Basically, we just need to include what Muslim tourists need when traveling, such as hotels that have a kiblat sign [direction to Mecca], a prayer mat, halal food, a toilet with washing facilities and a tour that includes daily prayers.”

Luxury Travel has been recognized the first luxury halal tour and holiday operator focusing on Muslim tourists from Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Turkey, the North Africa and the Middle East visiting Vietnam in 2014.

“We have reserved special tours for Muslim travellers, halal food restaurants and mosque locations. We expect to host around 1000 – 1200 Muslim travellers in 2014, an increase of 30% growth annually.” reveals Pham Ha.

Pham Ha says: “The Muslim population in Indonesia shows immense potential. Demand from this segment is picking up and is expected to increase, thanks to direct flights between South-east Asian countries, including the latest flight to (Ho Chi Minh City) from Jakarta four times per week. “Also, no visa is needed for most citizens travelling between ASEAN countries,” he adds.

The company also targets the most sophisticated travelers from the Middle East with niche tourism products with new airline connections to Vietnam and Cambdodia. Etihad Airway announced a direct route connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Abu Dhabi (UAE) to open in 1 October 2013. Also, arrivals from the Middle East will grow, supported by Qatar Airways’ new daily flight connection from Doha to Phnom Penh via Ho Chi Minh City.

“In order to capitalize on these potential markets, we have revamped our halal website, created special experiences for Muslim travelers, worked with reputable halal food restaurants, searched out mosque locations and trained our staff in order to better serve Muslim travelers.

We attend various travel trade shows in individual markets And with nearly 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, the potential market is huge.” added Ha.

Vietnamhalalholidays.com is powered by LuxuryTravel Ltd, Vietnam-based Luxury Travel Ltd. is a long established Asian specialist in the art of travel and serves today’s most sophisticated travelers with luxury privately guided and fully bespoke touring holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.

Luxury Travel Ltd. has won numerous travel awards for excellent performance, including the most recent award: “The Finest and Most Innovative Luxury Travel and Tour Operator.” Visit Luxury Travel on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/luxurytravelcompany.

Media Contact:
Link Doan
Luxury Travel Group Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi, Vietnam
84439274120
marketing@luxurytravelvietnam.com
http://www.LuxuryTravelVietnam.com

Vietnam’s First Luxury Travel and Tour Operator To Launch A New B2B Brochure Designed for Travel Sellers

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Luxury Travel Ltd. (LuxuryTravels.asia) to Launch New B2B Brochure for Premium Travel Professionals and Seek More Grow Through Trade Shows in The New Markets.

New B2B Brochure

Hanoi, Vietnam (October 4, 2013) — Luxury Travel Ltd. (http://www.luxurytravels.asia) has released its latest annual brochure for travel professionals, featuring a wide range of tailor-made tours and luxury travel products across Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.

Featuring the world’s most authentic luxury travel experiences, the 148-page full-color brochure is filled with pictures contributed by the Luxury Travel team, as well as professional and freelance photographers specialising in Southeast Asia.

Providing insider information and a wide selection of recommended hotels and resorts, the brochure also keeps travel professionals updated with the ‘What’s New?’ section discussing the latest tourism developments in each country.

“We are very excited to unveil our latest and updated Luxury Travel Ltd. brochure for premium travel professionals in conjunction with our 9th anniversary celebration. We have just launched numerous new “Lux’s Signature Travel Experiences” for discerning travelers for the next season and our brochure is truly rich in content and very educational.” says Pham Ha, founder & CEO of Luxury Travel Vietnam.

“Our team, dedicated to agents and tour operators, will be your personal experience managers and deliver you and your customers the world’s most authentic luxury travel experiences with our expertise, knowhow and solid infrastructure.”

Luxury Travel Ltd. has also announced the launch of a sophisticated new b2b website in French, English, German and Spanish for premium Travel professionals last month. Designed specifically with travel sellers in mind, Luxury Travel’s trade website (http://www.luxurytravels.asia) provides quick and easy access to travel information on Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand destinations, hotels, tourism products, selling tips and travel news. It will be updated every day and there will be free training with Luxury Travel’s online modules.

Earlier this year, the company published the Lux Guide for premium travel professionals. Also, Luxury Travel Ltd. will attend all major b2b trade shows around the world such as WTM London and Latin America, ILTM, ITB Asia and Berlin, AIME, TOP RESA, SATTE, OTM, ATF, FITUR and 40 travel shows in the USA.

“We hope that our new website and newest Luxury Travel brochure for 2013-14 helps our travel professionals to generate sales. Interested travel colleagues can make an appointment with us and have a further discussion about the profitable market share in emerging destinations such as Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. We exhibit at almost all trade shows around the globe and work through our rep offices on five continents.” he added.

Luxury Travel Ltd. also is venturing into new markets in India and Latin America, and is recruiting more dedicated travel agent staff. They are seeking more representatives in various markets and target double digit growth in 2014 despite the uncertain global economy.

Vietnam-based Luxury Travel Ltd. is a long established Asian specialist in the art of travel and serves today’s most sophisticated travelers with luxury privately guided and fully bespoke touring holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. Luxury Travel Ltd. has won numerous travel awards for excellent performance, including the most recent The Guide Award 2013: “leading specialist in the art of travel with luxurious and private service.”

Media Contact:
Link Doan
Luxury Travel Group Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi, Vietnam
84439274120
marketing@luxurytravelvietnam.com
http://www.LuxuryTravelVietnam.com

VIETNAM-based Luxury Travel Marks the Debut of Cambodia’s first High-End Tour Operator through a Joint-Venture

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Cambodia’s First Premium Travel and Tour Operator Launches.

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Hanoi, Vietnam, October 3, 2013 — A new joint venture between a Vietnamese and Cambodian partner has taken place to promote quality tourism in the Kingdom of Cambodia as Luxury Travel Ltd. (http://www.luxurytravels.asia) is set to launch “Asia Premium Travel” to promote luxury travel in the kingdom of Cambodia as part of its expansion strategy.

Consolidating the talent of other travel experts in Cambodia, Luxury Travel Ltd. has set up a joint venture, “Asia Premium Travel http://www.asiapremiumtravel.com“, which will launch this October, with its head office in Siem Reap and a branch office in Phnom Penh.

Explaining the rationale behind a Cambodian joint venture operation, Pham Ha, CEO of Luxury Travel and the main shareholder of the joint-venture, said: “Luxury tourism is booming in Cambodia, and our luxury bookings to Cambodia increased remarkably last year and continued to rise in 2013. We have series bookings for 2014.”

“We have two friends who are passionate about developing quality tourism in Cambodia and are tourism experts with vast local knowledge, (while) I have the market (reach) and know-how in luxury travel.”

Teeming with history, marvelous architecture and awash in natural beauty, Cambodia is fast becoming a must see destination in Southeast Asia. And, although a lengthy period of internal strife and civil war curtailed travel to Cambodia for the better part of three decades, the establishment of peace has spurred a rise in tourism, which (accompanied by a hotel construction boom in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihanouk Ville) has made the area an exotic, high-end destination in the Mekong region.

Song Saa Picnic on Neighbouring Island Koh Rong

“Luxury accommodation options in Cambodia are increasing in number, citing Song Saa Private Island in Sihanoukville and Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra in Phnom Penh, Park Hyatt in Siem Reap as examples.” Chea Win, co-founder and CEO of Asia Premium Travel Ltd.

“Our purpose is to build the first Cambodia-based premium luxury travel company which provides full travel service and develops luxury hotel stays, cruises and restaurant visits in the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Mekong sub region. Our team will be our clients’ personal experience guides and our mission will be to provide the world’s most authentic luxury travel experiences in Cambodia and the region.”

Asia Premium Travel’s (http://www.asiapremiumtravel.com) main business activities will focus on chic inbound/outbound operations, luxury adventures, custom tours, romance, wellness and spa destinations, MICE, family travel and private travel arrangements for stars, celebrities, royal and government clientele. All of this will include arranging private jet and yacht cruises and anything else required, as nothing is impossible our estimation.

“We define premium travel as experiential. The beauty of our Cambodian high-end travel experience tours is the flavors of first-hand knowledge plus unique, sophisticated and excellent service handled by local travel experts. We focus on FIT, MICE and tailor made experiences for special interests” says Phan An, co-founder and DOSM of Asia Premium Travel.

“Each experience has been carefully designed to capture the crème de la crème, essence, culture or food of each region, allowing clients to really absorb the experience and engage in a cultural exchange, while flowing smoothly from place to place, and allowing time for relaxation and exploration at their own pace. Of course, any travel experience can be modified to suit their tastes, timeframe, budget, and special interests.”

Asia Pacific is the main force for Cambodian tourism, and Vietnam is a big market in particular, but the company will also aim to attract long haul travelers from Europe, America and Australia, who are seeking to explore Cambodia.

Luxury Travel Ltd. (http://www.luxurytravels.asia) has a very good reputation, as well as offices throughout Vietnam, which makes this a good partnership due to more airline and road connections between the two countries. Also, international travelers also prefer combining Vietnam and Cambodia into one single destination.

Cambodia received some 3.5 million foreign arrivals last year, a 24 per cent year-on-year rise. About 75 per cent of tourists were from the Asia-Pacific region, 16 per cent from Europe and the rest from other parts of the world.

About Asia Premium Travel Ltd.
The first Cambodia-based premium travel and tour operator for the Mekong region, Asia Premium Travel will be known for their custom high-end journeys, first-hand destination knowledge, dedication to highly personalized experiences, insider access, and unsurpassed service to an elite clientele. Asia Premium Travel (http://www.asiapremiumtravel.com) provides travelers the world’s most authentic luxury travel experiences, and their travel advisors work with the discerning, adventurous and curious travelers across the globe seeking a highly personalized luxury travel experiences. Their team of luxury travel specialists will customize the trip of a life time experience for their clients.

About Luxury Travel
Vietnam’s first luxury tour operator/DMC (http://www.luxurytravels.asia) and based in Hanoi, with offices throughout Vietnam, Luxury Travel Ltd. opened in 2004. The Luxury Travel Company Limited has its own offices, luxury vehicles, luxury travel advisors, and representative offices in California, London, Paris, Berlin, Brisbane, and a joint-venture company Cambodia. The company’s depth of experience and large infrastructure enable it to create unique itineraries with the operational confidence to fulfill the most sophisticated traveler’s expectations. Luxury Travel Ltd. has won numerous travel awards for excellent performance including the most recent Guide Award 2013: “The leading specialist in the art of travel with luxurious and private service”.

Media Contact:
Link Doan
Luxury Travel Group Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi, Vietnam
84439274120
marketing13@luxurytravelvietnam.com
http://www.LuxuryTravelVietnam.com

Surveys Reveal U.S. Travel Industry Needs A Better Understanding of Wellness Travel: The Guide to Selling Wellness Travel Released

The Guide to Selling Wellness Travel can be purchased through WellnessTourismWorldwide.com.

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Los Angeles, CA, USA (September 11, 2013) — The surging interest in healthy lifestyles, coupled with the desire for “experiential” travel, is contributing to the growth of the wellness tourism market. Consumers are using vacations to jump-start a health regimen, detox from a digital word, and learn healthier behaviors. While wellness-focused vacations are one of the hottest trends, US travel agents, suppliers and destinations report they need more information in order to successfully sell wellness travel.

According to a series of surveys aimed at travel sellers and travel suppliers conducted by Wellness Tourism Worldwide between 2012 and 2013, respondents identified the following needs:

1) A better understanding of wellness travel products and services

2) A better understanding of wellness travel motivations

3) A better understanding wellness consumer demographics

4) A better understanding of consumer health issues

With epidemic levels of stress contributing to chronic disease, it is no surprise consumers are partaking in vacations designed to benefit mind, body and spirit.

“Health opens the door to a whole new world – as does travel. Wellness travel presents an amazing opportunity for both the travel industry and the clients it serves. It’s both personally and professionally rewarding; everyone wants to be vibrant and well.” said Camille Hoheb, wellness travel expert, Founder of Wellness Tourism Worldwide and Editor of the Wellness Travel Journal.

Ms. Hoheb added, “Over the last couple of years I’ve enjoyed connecting with hundreds of travel sellers who are excited about wellness travel. Yet, they told me they don’t know where to start. That’s how the how-to guide was born. It was written with the input from hundreds of travel professionals and consumers. While The Guide is written specifically for travel agents, it is a useful resource for anyone interested in this niche. I’m happy to share what’s taken me years to learn. The Guide has been released less than two weeks and already one destination gifted copies to all of their guests at their health and wellness travel sellers seminar.”

The Guide to Selling Wellness Travel can be purchased through http://www.wellnesstourismworldwide.com.

Ms. Hoheb is available for interviews to discuss the benefits of specializing in, and selling wellness travel. To request an interview or to book Ms. Hoheb for lectures and workshops, send a request to info@wellnesstourismworldwide.com.

About: The Guide to Selling Wellness Travel is a powerful resource designed with learning objectives and exercises to help you get up to speed quickly so you can grow your business. It also includes a resource chapter with recommended articles, books, groups to join, sites to see and things to do. You won’t find this anywhere else!

About WTW’s New Initiative: Selling Wellness Travel provides knowledge, contacts and resources for travel agents and suppliers to promote wellness vacations and retreats. Selling Wellness Travel provides personalized support, travel agent promotion and customized training solutions.(http://www.sellingwellnesstravel.com)

About: Wellness Tourism Worldwide (WTW) provides market intelligence, education and promotion to destinations, travel sellers and traveler suppliers. WTW’s mission is to improve well-being and economic growth through travel. Our team includes experts responsible for global branding, spa operations, hotel management, hospital administration and healthcare marketing. (http://www.wellnesstourismworldwide.com)

About: Wellness Travel Journal (WTJ) transports inspires, educates and motivates readers to invest in themselves through wellness experiences, vacations and retreats and book their next trip. (http://www.wellnesstraveljournal.com)

About U.S. Vacationers: Health, Happiness & Productivity – The Essential Report for Travel, Hospitality & Wellness Industries helps guide strategy for tourism development & promotion for those seeking to attract affluent U.S. travelers. Over 93% of respondents hold passports, are vested in wellness and place a high value on vacations.

Contact: Camille Hoheb | camille@wellnesstourismworldwide.com | 310 720-1755

Revealed, Why Vacations Make US Happier, Healthier & More Productive

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Leading wellness travel brand, Wellness Tourism Worldwide, has just announced the results of a U.S.travel survey on the power of vacations in boosting heath, happiness and productivity.

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Los Angeles (July 9, 2013) — Leading wellness travel brand, Wellness Tourism Worldwide, has just announced the results of a U.S.travel survey on the power of vacations in boosting heath, happiness and productivity.

Wellness Tourism Worldwide’s new report surveyed over 500 U.S. consumers to better understand the underlying psychology related to vacation motivations, perceptions and purchase decisions including preferred destinations, booking choices, trip length and trip spend.

The survey is part of WTW’s newly released U.S. Vacationers: Happiness, Health & Productivity – An Essential Report for Travel, Hospitality & Wellness Industries. Peer reviewed by experts and thought leaders in academia, hospitality, tourism and work/life balance, this report provides unprecedented information including survey data, extensive literary research and in-depth interviews with industry experts.

Wellness Tourism Worldwide Founder & CEO, Camille Hoheb, remarked, “Our survey respondents believe vacations are an important aspect of work/life balance – providing time for individuals, couples and friends and family to decompress, connect, explore, engage, learn, renew and transform. Our mission is to improve well-being and economic growth through travel and we believe in promoting travel as both a personal strategy for wellness and as an economic strategy benefiting businesses and communities.”

High Level Survey Findings include:

– Over 90% of respondents believe vacations can improve happiness.
– Nearly 90% of respondents believe vacations can improve health.
– 84% respondents believe vacations can improve productivity citing better problem solving, enhanced creativity, more resiliency, better ability to cope with daily stress among other factors.
– Respondents believe vacations provide an opportunity for life changing decisions and transformation
– 37% of respondents decided to start a health regimen while on vacation
– 21% of respondents decided to change jobs while on vacation
– 19% of respondents decided to start a new business
– 90% said they would look at vacations as being transformative in the future

One of the great challenges in the U.S. workforce is the ability for employees to take a vacation. Roughly one-third of respondents reported they didn’t remember they took a 7+ day vacation citing lack of time-off and money as the major barriers. Despite these challenges over 90% of respondents reported that taking a vacation was important during tough financial times and a majority planned to take a vacation in the next year.

Offering a timely perspective on what today’s American leisure travelers seek, desire and expect during a vacation, the U.S. Vacationers report is a resource used to aid in wellness promotion, travel marketing, and vacation policy development.

The Report Is Useful To:

Travel sellers, suppliers, destinations and all travel and tourism professionals
Associations and providers related to health, corporate wellness, travel and hospitality
Organizations focused on workforce sustainability & corporate social responsibility
Schools offering travel and hospitality programs, wellness coaching and workplace wellness programs

(TO PURCHASE THE REPORT GO TO HTTP://WWW.WELLNESSTOURISMWORLDWIDE.COM)

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Wellness Tourism Worldwide (WTW) is a leading wellness travel business providing research, education and promotion of wellness travel and tourism products. With three distinct platforms, Wellness Tourism Worldwide is aimed at the “larger picture” of stakeholder participation, Selling Wellness Travel focuses on providing education and promotion to travel sellers and suppliers and the “Wellness Travel Journal – Travel Happy. Travel Well.” brand connects consumers with wellness travel businesses. Visit us at http://www.wellnesstourismworldwide.com.

Media Contact:
Camille Hoheb
Wellness Tourism Worldwide
310 720-1755
camille@wellnesstourismworldwide.com
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To Celebrate Its 9th Anniversary, Luxury Travel Ltd. Reveals the Successful Story of Vietnam’s First Luxury Travel and Tour Operator

“Besides having a passion for travelling, reading, walking and golf, I love to seek luxury,” admits Pham Ha, the CEO of Luxury Travel Ltd.

Hanoi, Vietnam, May 13, 2013 — “Besides having a passion for travelling, reading, walking and golf, I love to seek luxury,” admits Pham Ha, the CEO of Luxury Travel Ltd http://www.luxurytravelvietnam.com.

He’s not alone. As Vietnam’s economy strengthens, the tourism industry is inevitably expanding its own horizons. Once considered as more of a backpacker destination, now with growing high-end options, Vietnam is attracting a different kind of tourist.

Options might still be considered limited and infrastructure below international standards. But that’s where Ha’s company steps in. On a mission to promote the luxurious side of Vietnam, Ha hopes to coax more high-end travelers and businesspeople to the country.

But that doesn’t mean just booking five-star hotels and fancy dinners for a whirlwind tour along Vietnam’s coastline. He admits he’s haunted by one former clients’ indifferent dismissal of Vietnam as “beautiful but boring,” so his company goes the whole nine yards to ensure customers have the holiday of a lifetime.

The philosophy of Luxury Travel (http://www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) is to find top quality services, unique experiences and sophistication and create perfect packages for the most discerning of travellers. Ha knows that to have a dream vacation the traveller must experience pleasure, comfort and total satisfaction.

Whether the client wants to hide in the tropical jungle, kick back on the beach, discover Vietnam’s culinary delights, trek to a hill tribe village or relax in style in a luxury vacation villa, Luxury Travel Vietnam will come up with the goods – minimizing on travel time and maximizing experiences.

“Simply envision any vacation experience you want, name it, and we will deliver it in style – that’s Luxury Travel,” he stresses.

As a child, Ha had always dreamed of travelling around the world. After graduating from Hanoi Teachers’ Training College and National Economics University, Ha worked as a teacher but soon wanderlust set in and he quit teaching to take a job as a tour guide, tour operator, PR, sales and marketing man.

After 12 years in the industry, Pham Ha found his own business in 2004 providing luxury tours in Vietnam. Besides providing sightseeing tours, Luxury Travel also arranges accommodation, airport transfers, regional flights, train tickets, visas, superior guides and other logistics in advance. The company guides speak Vietnamese, Chinese, English, French and German and are selected for their open-mindedness, motivation and enthusiasm.

“It may be my fate. Firstly, I do this because I want to satisfy my passion to discover,” says Ha. “But it’s also my pleasure to introduce the beauty of Vietnam to foreigners.” To turn a private passion into a tourist business, Pham Ha had to be patient.

“In the beginning, I had 12 years of work experience but not so much money!” says Ha with a smile.

Despite his meager savings of $1,000, Ha was determined to pursue his dream. Now four years later, his company employs 60 luxury travel advisors and top guides, owns a fleet of Mercedes and has offices in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang and management offices in South East Asia.

Each of the guides must be an expert traveler and know how to make the client’s travel experience truly special, truly hassle-free, and truly enriching.

“I love my country and its destinations, and I do my best to make sure that my customers feel the same way,” says Ha.

Ha aims to introduce a contemporary Vietnam – a country that is young, dynamic and exotic. Beyond the cyclos, pho and ao dai, Vietnam is gaining a reputation for its breathtaking beaches, luxurious resorts and golf courses.

“It’s not difficult to find luxury hotels. Now is the time for upscale travelers and MICE to come to Vietnam,” says Ha.

At Ha’s office, there is a visitors’ book which is filled with entries by satisfied customers.

“We recently returned from our wonderful 15 day journey to Vietnam and Cambodia arranged by Luxury Travel Vietnam,” writes Pamela Solvang. “We can’t thank you enough for providing such an excellent travel experience for us from start to finish. The three of us on this trip have all traveled extensively, all around the world. We have used the best luxury travel companies in the US and elsewhere and can attest that Luxury Travel provides excellent services!”

Attention to detail sums up Ha’s approach very well. He knows high-end travelers don’t settle for below standard services, even if Vietnam is still a developing country, tours must run smoothly.

As Vietnam continues to assert its presence on the world stage, the number of visitors is surging and Ha is confidently waiting, ready to accommodate those who are looking to bask in the lap of luxury.

Media Contact:
Link Doan
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444
Vietnam
84439274120
marketing13@luxurytravelvietnam.com
http://www.LuxuryTravelVietnam.com

Vietnam First Luxury Travel and Tour Operator Debuts Tours Scheduled Vietnam and Cambodia

“Vietnam and Cambodia are fast emerging as luxury travel destinations,” says Luxury Travel Ltd. founder Mr. Pham. In response to this demand, Luxury Travel Ltd. is offering its inaugural packages to these fascinating destinations.

Hanoi, Vietnam, May 13, 2013 — Launching the first in a series of set departures, luxury travel packages in Vietnam and Cambodia will allow guests to experience the finest food, nature, and culture, while discovering the countries’ essential highlights and witnessing its astounding diversity, from North to South.

The “Vietnam Highlights in 12 Days” will be departing on the 1st of every month from Ho Chi Minh City. Also, there will be scheduled departures for the “Vietnam and Cambodia Experience in 14 Days” starting from Hanoi on the 15th of every month and ending in Siem Riep, Cambodia.

These journeys are perfect for first-time travelers anxious about traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia, families and small groups of friends, as well as single travelers not wanting to travel alone.

With small groups of up to only 12 guests per departure (with a minimum of 2 people for guaranteed departure) it is a great way to meet other elite travelers and share with them the experiences of a lifetime in these exotic countries in Southeast Asia.

The next departure of the Vietnam Experience will start from August 1, 2013, and the Vietnam and Cambodia Experience will start from August 15, 2013.

All departures are accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide to ensure the best interpretive and unique experience.

Luxury Travel Ltd. Sales and Marketing Manager Hung Nguyen says, “In response to market demand, our set departure offerings will enable our travel partners and their clients the opportunity to book luxury tours on a predictable and affordable basis. If you book, we guarantee you are going.”

Vietnam offers a magical mix of tropical beaches, post-colonial charm, a string of World Heritage sites, stunning inland scenery, world-renowned cuisine, and a home-grown flair for hospitality.

The country also boasts many attractions, including beautiful resorts, spas, majestic scenery, a rich traditional culture, easy-going and welcoming locals, and an improving tourist infrastructure. This makes Vietnam a more attractive destination for travelers seeking authenticity coupled with luxury.

The Vietnam Highlight package tour is priced from US$1,571 per person, in a twin shared room, and includes internal economy flights, 11 nights’ premium accommodations, most meals, airport transfers, English speaking guide, and sightseeing tours as per the itinerary.

“The beauty of our luxury tours is the first-hand knowledge and excellent service of local travel experts. Our trips have been carefully designed to capture the creme de la creme, and allow you to really experience the culture, flow smoothly from place to place, and allow time for relaxation and personal discovery. You will stay at hotels with great character, and we ensure that you will have unique, high-end experiences,” added Hung.

Travel agents get 15% commission based on website prices. The package is valid for sale until July 2013, unless sold out prior, for travel on July 1, 2013. Phone +8491234686996 or visit http://www.luxurytravevietnam.com for more information about travel and experiences to any of these destinations.

Hanoi-based Luxury Travel Ltd (http://www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) is a long established Asian specialist in the art of travel and serves today’s most sophisticated travelers with luxury privately guided and fully bespoke touring holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.

Media Contact:
Link Doan
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444
Vietnam
84439274120
marketing13@luxurytravelvietnam.com
http://www.LuxuryTravelVietnam.com

New Initiative ‘Wellness Travel Journal – Travel Happy. Travel Well.’ Launched by Wellness Tourism Worldwide

Wellness Travel Journal Editor, Camille Hoheb remarked, “The Wellness Travel Journal – Travel Happy. Travel Well. brand provides consumers and businesses with a great way to connect and engage in wellness travel. Wellness Tourism Worldwide is constantly seeking ways to improving well-being and economic growth through travel by helping others achieve their personal wellness goals and professional success.”

Los Angeles, CA, USA (May 10, 2013) — Wellness Tourism Worldwide, a leading wellness travel business, is pleased to announce the launch of its new initiative, Wellness Travel Journal – Travel Happy. Travel Well. (http://www.wellnesstraveljournal.com).

Wellness Travel Journal (WTJ) is an online platform providing monthly news on wellness travel experiences, vacations and retreats; showcasing destinations, insightful interviews, trends and travel tips for consumers, travel professionals and wellness providers.

More than one of the hottest trends, wellness tourism is a growing and lucrative niche. Wellness vacations are used to jump-start a health regimen, detox from a digital word, de-stress and learn healthier behaviors.

Wellness Journal Editor, Camille Hoheb remarked, “Vacations are no longer a luxury — they are a necessity. Everyone wants to be vibrant and healthy. A well-planned trip can be an investment that gives individuals, couples, friends and family a time to explore, learn, decompress, connect, engage and transform.”

Adding, “We believe the Wellness Travel Journal brand provides consumers and businesses with a great way to connect and engage in wellness travel. Wellness Tourism Worldwide is constantly seeking ways to improving well-being and economic growth through travel by helping others achieve their personal wellness goals and professional success.”

About WTW’s New Initiative: Selling Wellness Travel
Wellness Travel Journal – Travel Happy. Travel Well. is an initiative of Wellness Tourism Worldwide, providing monthly news on wellness travel experiences, vacations and retreats; showcasing destinations, insightful interviews, trends and travel tips for consumers, travel professionals and wellness providers. (http://www.wellnesstraveljournal.com)

About Wellness Tourism Worldwide
Wellness Tourism Worldwide (WTW) provides market intelligence and education including surveys and reports, seminars and workshops and study tours to destinations, travel sellers and traveler providers. WTW’s mission is to improve well-being and economic growth through travel. Our team includes experts in healthcare and tourism who are responsible for global branding, spa operations, hotel management, hospital administration and healthcare marketing. We are a group of experienced speakers and together have organized, chaired, moderated and lectured at hundreds of events around the world. Among us, we speak English, Turkish, Arabic, French, Chinese and Malaysian. Visit us at http://www.wellnesstourismworldwide.com.

Media Contact:
Camille Hoheb
Wellness Tourism Worldwide
310 720-1755
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http://www.wellnesstraveljournal.com
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Vegas Versus Victoria Falls: Which Vacation Is The Better Value?

Study compares costs of 10 global adventure trips with rates at 3-4 star hotels.

(For Immediate Release) April 26, 2013 — Today’s travelers seek memorable experiences when they vacation. A recent cost comparison study shows that global adventures can be more affordable than many three and four-star hotel stays. The research by AdventureLink.com suggests that cost-conscious consumers may wish to consider adventure travel as an alternative to traditional “been-there done-that” hotel stays.

Despite ongoing worries about the economy, the adventure travel industry is growing at 17 percent per year, according to the Adventure Travel Trade Association. The growth is being fueled by aging baby boomers seeking more value from their vacation travel experiences. “Many travelers don’t realize that some of the most sought-after adventure trips in the world cost less per day than staying in three and four-star hotels in major cities,” says Kelly Tompkins, Founder & CEO of AdventureLink Travel Inc.

In the study, AdventureLink.com compared 10 popular trips-such as African safaris, climbing Machu Picchu, and walking tours of Europe-to the cost of staying at three and four-star hotels across major destinations.

As with hotel stays, adventure tours typically do not include airfare. But adventure vacations do often include the cost of lodging, meals and in many cases a guide and local transportation.

“Everybody is value-conscious. So when I share with friends the adventures they can have for as little as $59 dollars a day, they often can’t believe it,” notes adventure travel pioneer Richard Bangs, an AdventureLink board member. Bangs points out that AdventureLink.com alone offers over 350 trips that cost less than $59 per day, roughly the cost of a night at a Motel 6.

“Most people are unaware that meaningful, affordable adventure travel options exist. That’s why we created AdventureLink.com,” Tompkins adds.

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Note to Editors: Pre-cleared high-resolution photos and follow-up interviews available upon request.

About Us: AdventureLink.com is the world’s leading system for booking adventure travel. The company provides consumers and travel professionals with the ability to book more than 14,000 trips to 160 countries worldwide. AdventureLink.com’s mission is to be the trusted source for delivering life-changing trips, matched to customers’ interests and budgets. AdventureLink has assembled the world’s best adventure tour operators in a single system giving consumers and travel agents the best possible selection and the ability to easily find, compare and book trips from around the world.

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McColl Communications
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michael@mccoll.net
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Luxury Travel Ltd has launched the first in a series of Luxury Travel Packages in Vietnam and Cambodia

Luxury Travel Ltd. has launched the first in a series of set departure, luxury travel packages in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Hanoi, Vietnam, April 13, 2013 — Luxury Travel Ltd. (http://www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) has launched the first in a series of set departure, luxury travel packages in Vietnam and Cambodia, allowing guests to experience the finest food, nature and culture, while discovering the countries essential highlights and witnessing its astounding diversity, from North to South.

The “Vietnam Highlights in 12 Days” will be departing on the 1st of every month from Ho Chi Minh City. Also, there will be scheduled departures for the “Vietnam and Cambodia Experience in 14 Days” starting from Hanoi on the 15th of every month and ending in Siem Riep, Cambodia.

“Vietnam and Cambodia are fast emerging as luxury travel destinations.” says Luxury Travel founder Mr. Pham.

These journeys are perfect for first-time travellers anxious about travelling to Vietnam and Cambodia, families and small groups of friends, as well as single travellers not wanting to travel alone.

With small groups of up to only 12 guests per departure (with a minimum of 2 people for guaranteed departure) it is a great way to meet other elite travelers and share with them the experiences of a lifetime in these exotic countries in Southeast Asia.

The first departure of the Vietnam Experience will start from 1 June 2013 and the Vietnam and Cambodia Experience will start from 15 June 2013.

All departures are accompanied by an English speaking tour guide to ensure the best interpretive and unique experience.

Luxury Travel Ltd. (http://www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) sales and marketing manager Hung Nguyen says, “In response to market demand, our set departure offerings will enable our travel partners and their clients the opportunity to book luxury tours on a predictable and affordable basis. If you book, we guarantee you are going.”

Vietnam offers a magical mix of tropical beaches, post-colonial charm, a string of world heritage sites, stunning inland scenery, world-renowned cuisine and a home-grown flair for hospitality.

The country also boasts many attractions, including beautiful resorts, spas, majestic scenery, a rich traditional culture, easy going and welcoming locals and an improving tourist infrastructure. This makes Vietnam a more attractive destination for travelers seeking authenticity coupled with luxury.

The Vietnam Highlight package tour is priced from $ 1571 per person, in a twin shared room, and includes internal economy flights, 11 nights’ premium accommodations, most meals, airport transfers and sightseeing tours as per the itinerary.

“The beauty of our luxury tours is the first hand knowledge and excellent service of local travel experts. Our trips have been carefully designed to capture the crème de la crème, and allow you to really experience the culture, flow smoothly from place to place, and allow time for relaxation and personal discovery. You will stay at hotels with great character and we ensure that you will have unique, high end experiences,” added Hung.

The package is valid for sale until May 2013, unless sold out prior, for travel on June 1, 2013. Phone +8491234686996 or visit http://www.luxurytravevietnam.com for more information about travel and experiences to any of these destinations.

Visit http://www.luxurytravelvietnam.com/EN/Vietnam_tours/Set_Departure/Vietnam_Experience_in_12days.htm.

Media Contact:
Link Doan
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444
Vietnam
84439274120
marketing13@luxurytravelvietnam.com
http://www.LuxuryTravelVietnam.com

Luxury Travel Vietnam Introduced its Tours in Latin America

Luxury Travel Ltd. (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) Begins Joint Effort with Uruguay Tour Operator To Promote High End Vietnam Tourism Products In Brazil.

Hanoi, Vietnam, April 8, 2013 — Vietnam is a new holiday destination for Latin America holidaymakers. Now, Asia’s most innovative luxury travel and tour company brings Vietnam high-end tourism products closer to travel agents in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Hanoi–based Luxury Travel Ltd. (http://www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) has announced joint efforts with a Uruguayan premium tour operator, Lameco Viajes, in order to promote luxury travel products at WTM Latin America (http://www.wtmlatinamerica.com) in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 23 to 25 April 2013. Luxury Travel Ltd. and Lameco Viajes booth is located at stand M13.

World Travel Market Latin America, the leading global event for the Latin American travel industry, is a three day must-attend business-to-business (B2B) event which brings the world to Latin America and promotes Latin America to the world.

To be staged annually in the economic powerhouse of São Paulo, World Travel Market Latin America is the event where Latin American travel companies will negotiate and conclude major deals, highlighting the area’s importance in the global travel and tourism industry.

Vietnam has launched a new campaign to attract tourists from all over the world under the slogan of ‘Timeless charm.’ Tourists wish to experience Vietnam’s defining characteristics: thrills, nature, heritage, festivals, pristine beauty, enjoyment, scenery and essence.

Vietnam now has world class hotels and resorts, beaches and cuisine, in addition to its natural beauty, rich history and traditional culture. Travelers from Latin America travelling to Vietnam are looking for a more authentic experience and seek to have a deeper understanding of the country’s culture, food, history and everyday life. The country receives 6.8 million international arrivals in 2012 and the number of travelers from Latin American increases annually last 3 years.

While India and Thailand are geared more toward mass market tourism, Vietnam is a destination that is attractive to a more selective class of travelers. Vietnam is becoming more and more recognized as a safe and favored destination for high end tourists from long haul destinations.

Latin America is in a strong financial position at the moment and Pham Ha, founder and CEO of Luxury Travel Ltd., stressed the importance of diversifying markets by participating in the Spanish and Portuguese speaking markets, which provide an ideal platform for the latest contemporary trends and the ability to communicate and establish business partnerships with experts and tourism companies.

“With our marketing efforts and commitments with our local representative and tour operator Lameco in Uruguay (http://www.lameco.com.uy), we will attract more long haul travelers who wish to experience Vietnam in style and luxury. We are amongst the pionners in Latin America. We select our top ten once-in-a-life-time trips in Vietnam and Indochina, highlighting 4 and 5 star hotels to sell wholesale to travel agents across Latin America.” said Pham Ha.

About Luxury Travel Ltd.

Vietnam’s first luxury tour operator/DMC (http://www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) based in Hanoi with offices throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, Luxury Travel is exceptional in designing tailor-made tours and providing unique travel experiences. Opened in 2004, the Luxury Travel Company Limited has its own offices, luxury vehicles, luxury travel advisors, and representative offices in California, London, Paris, Montevideo and Sydney. The company’s depth of experience and large infrastructure enable it to create unique itineraries with the operational confidence to fulfill client expectations. Luxury Travel Ltd won numerous travel awards for excellent performance, including the most recent Guide Award 2012. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/luxurytravelcompany.

Media Contact:
Link Doan
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444
Vietnam
84439274120
marketing13@luxurytravelvietnam.com
http://www.LuxuryTravelVietnam.com

Luxury Travel Ltd has launched the two day tour An Authentic Experience at the Mekong Lodge

Embracing authentic experience in Mekong Delta, Luxury Travel Ltd. (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) has launched the two day tour “An Authentic Experience at the Mekong Lodge”.

Hanoi, Vietnam, April 5, 2013 — This trip to Mekong will introduce travelers to an exciting experience, and a mix of natural, cultural and fun adventures, accentuated by exotic and off the beaten path places and Mekong lodge.

Luxury Travel Ltd. (http://www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) has served the luxury travel industry for many years, and their staff has acquired first-hand knowledge about the travel market. Their advisors have visited their recommended destinations, and have personally checked out the finest hotels, resorts, restaurants, unique experiential tours designed for discriminating travelers.

Travelers will stay in the most charming lodge and discover the complex maze of the Mekong Delta which is so unique and special, giving you an insight into life on the mighty river and its tributaries.

Cruising on the roof of a boat as the sun sets over distant coconut trees is truly remarkable experience and this authentic experience in the Mekong Delta is designed to let you discover life off the beaten path in Cai Be.

“This two day tour allows you to discover the exotic charm of Cai Be in Tien Giang Province. You will stay in the charming Mekong Lodge, taste the local cuisine, visit candy factories, see the daily life on the water, and talk with local people. You will have the option of walking, biking, cooking, boating to explore the floating market or doing nothing and simply enjoying a sunset cocktail on the banks of Mekong River. A 3 day tour program is available and also recommended. Please contact our luxury travel advisor for more details.” Said Tran Danh Nhan, Chief Branch of Luxury Travel Ltd. Saigon

The Mekong tour price starts from US$ 211 per person in a twin share and includes all transportation, boat trips, meals, entrance fees and the services of an English-speaking guide. The company offers 21 USD free voucher gift for any new booking with a mekonglux4lux secret code. This offer is valid until 30 September 2013.

About Luxury Travel Ltd.

Vietnam’s first luxury tour operator/DMC (http://www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) based in Hanoi with offices throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, Luxury Travel is exceptional in designing tailor-made tours and providing unique travel experiences. Opened in 2004, the Luxury Travel Company Limited has its own offices, luxury vehicles, luxury travel advisors, and representative offices in California, London, Paris, Montevideo and Sydney. The company’s depth of experience and large infrastructure enable it to create unique itineraries with the operational confidence to fulfill client expectations. Luxury Travel Ltd won numerous travel awards for excellent performance, including the most recent Guide Award 2012. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/luxurytravelcompany.

Media Contact:
Link Doan
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444
Vietnam
84439274120
marketing13@luxurytravelvietnam.com
http://www.LuxuryTravelVietnam.com