Top influencers impacting Vietnam’s tourism in 2018

Timeout would like to introduce seven outstanding people who have made a great contribution either directly or indirectly to the fast growth of Vietnam’s tourism industry and economy in 2018.

These include BRG golf and hotel developer and investor Madame Nguyen Thi Nga; the ‘Princess of Vietnam’s aviation’ Vietjet’s president and CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao; young entrepreneur of Alphanam Group Nguyen Ngoc My; world-renowned Bill Bensley, “The king of Vietnamese resorts”; Korean football wizard, head coach Park-Hang seo; young master coach and businesswoman Dang Kim Phuong and Vietnamese beauty H’Hen Nie whose success has contributed to inspiring and creating beautiful impressions of Vietnam and promoting the development of the country’s tourism industry.

Vietnam has just experienced a memorable 2018 with great success in the tourism sector. In order to achieve these successes, the resource factors play an important role, particularly those who have been active in the fields of culture, tourism and other fields.

Their contributions have contributed to enpowering and changing the face of Vietnam’s tourism industry, helping the country to become an attractive, safe and friendly destination for foreign visitors.

Timeout would like to introduce these very special and interesting people in this Lunar New Year issue.

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The Time magazine recently named Bill Bensley the king of the most exotic luxury resorts in the world and the Far Eastern Economic Review declared him to be o­ne of the top 100 most creative people globally.

Sun Group, a large corporation in Vietnam, has named him as the man behind some of the top international-class resort projects in Vietnam that have been mentioned many times in major world rankings such as InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula and JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay.

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Madame Nguyen Thi Nga, President of BRG Group is o­ne of the most impressive influencers in the development of Vietnam’s golf and tourism industry. Madame Nga and BRG are making significant contributions to Vietnam’s golf industry. Shortly after the impressive success of the Gala Dinner event serving 21 leaders at APEC 2017, BRG sponsored the Asia Pacific Golf Summit held at its Sheraton Grand Danang Resort. This event has strongly promoted Vietnamese golf worldwide.

In addition, the annual BRG Golf Hanoi Festival attracts a huge number of foreign golf players to Vietnam. BRG is also keen to support young talented golf players in their training.

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As o­ne of the few female CEOs in the aviation industry, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao is considered to be an important contributor to changing the market and helping millions of Vietnamese and international visitors realize their dream of accessing modern aviation services.

In November 2018, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao was honoured as an outstanding female entrepreneur of ASEAN and Vietnam thanks to her contribution in the role of VietJet Air’s regional and global development leader.

The following month, the VietJet Air CEO was named among the list of the World’s 100 most powerful women in 2018 by Forbes magazine, at 44thplace, up 11 spots compared to the previous year. Bloomberg also rated her as o­ne of the 50 most noteworthy global leaders in 2018.

The great contribution VietJet Air and Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao have made to the impressive results that the Vietnamese tourism industry achieved in the past year is undeniable. While still working hard to make VietJet Air become Vietnam’s leading airline, Thao said, “Although having the largest market share in the domestic market, what makes us feel happiest is that millions of Vietnamese people consider VietJet Air to be their airline.”

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Young entrepreneur and daughter of Alphanam Group’s chairman Nguyen Tuan Hai, Nguyen Ngoc My played a prominent role in the impressive business activities of Alphanam in 2018.

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The International Youth Parliament (IYP) recently announced its board of directors for 2019, with Vietnamese speaker, trainer, tutor and businesswoman Dang Kim Phuong joining the team as a new member.

The IYP was founded with the aim of teaching leadership and training skills to young people across the globe, enabling them to become excellent leaders, and to share handling tactics and preventive solutions for local, regional, national and international issues.

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2018 is seen as a greatly successful year for Vietnamese football. Behind the success of each tournament was head coach Park Hang-seo, dubbed “the South Korean wizzard”, who has guided the nation’s players to set new records for Vietnamese football.

Talking about the past year, Hang-seo happily said, “2018 was a miracle for me. To get this result, the players, the coaching team and the officials have worked very hard. The next phase may be successful or may fail, but I will keep my promise and move forward. I will be responsible for my steps.”

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H’Hen Nie, crowned amongst the top five in the Miss Universe 2018 contest, has won the hearts of audiences all over the world with her pixie haircut. Every spotlight seems to shine o­n the beauty queen-cum-model whenever she makes an appearance.

The smile o­n her charming face, her voice, her golden tanned skin, her thinking, and her story have earned her the adulation of fans across the world.

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“Hue Lotus” is a tourism development project that aims to build wonderful accommodation for visitors, with a chance for them to experience Hue’s traditional crafts, nature, culture, history, cuisine and local music and to help tourists enjoy and understand the authentic side of Hue.

Through her project “Hue Lotus”, Duong Thi Thuy Hang hopes to provide visitors with a greater understanding of Hue and its traditions.