Corporate culture foundation for travel operators in luxury market

February 27, 2024 | 10:01
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Building a positive corporate culture with professionalism and dedication will help travel agencies and operators improve their competitiveness and contribute to exploiting the luxury tourism segment.
Corporate culture foundation for travel operators in luxury market
Corporate culture is foundation for travel operators to exploit the luxury market

On the first days of the Lunar New Year, travel agencies and tour operators welcome and serve hundreds of thousands of international visitors to Vietnam.

Especially, in the first two months of the year, dozens of travellers arrived in Vietnam on land-based luxury cruise lines belonging to Royal Caribbean Group, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, and Crystal Cruises, among others.

Each international ship carries thousands of high-income and high-spending guests, which is a positive signal for Vietnam's tourism industry.

To hold these opportunities, tourism companies are boosting their morale by offering attractive tourist products to attract guests, such as golf tours and luxury cruise ship travel packages.

In addition, they are also developing several tourism models such as healthcare tourism and duty-free outlets that generate high revenues and help increase the competitiveness of Vietnam’s tourism in the region.

General director of the Vietnam National Authority of Tourism Nguyen Trung Khanh, said, “The tourism industry is on the recovery momentum in the post-Covid era. However, the pandemic changed tourists’ demand, creating new tourism trends and product lines suitable to market needs.”

“After the pandemic, each country's tourism, including Vietnam, returns to the starting line in different ways. Therefore, all travel agencies and operators have equal opportunities, regardless of the size of the business, large or small, long-established or newly established," he said. “In that context, corporate culture must be given more importance, it is the factor that makes a difference and creates a brand for a travel business. A corporate culture truly becomes the fulcrum for tourism businesses to recover and develop.”

Corporate culture foundation for travel operators in luxury market

Pham Ha, founder of LuxGroup, a luxury travel and tourism company and cruise operator, said that corporate culture played an important role in creating and developing the image of travel companies, especially in the high-end segment. Corporate culture affects the way employees work, communicate with customers, and respond to requests.

“Currently, in a fiercely competitive environment in terms of personnel and tourism experience, with products that are almost completely similar from destinations, hotels, restaurants, talented staff who are imbued with corporate culture will be the key to creating pride, success for business, and happiness,” Ha said.

“In my opinion, to build a corporate culture in tourism activities, business leaders need to establish a clear and long-term vision of corporate culture and communicate it to all employees. This is the basis to create consensus and direction for the company's activities,” Ha said.

“It is necessary to create a positive, comfortable, and trustworthy work environment by encouraging cooperation, respect, and fairness, which will create positive and effective interactions between members. I would like to make staff understand that customers are their bosses and the subject paying salary for them. Thus the service quality will directly impact their income. My biggest goal is that 99 per cent of customers are satisfied with the company's travel experience.”

Building corporate culture is a more important mission for travel agencies and operators, which target high-spending tourists, as revenue has become more and more dependent on quality and attracting high-spending tourists.

Additionally, the trend is suitable for Vietnam’s tourism development strategy for 2030. The 2030 strategy sets a clear focus on premium tourism, instead of general services, aiming to serve tourists with high budgets and long stays.

According to the experts, this segment is huge. However, Vietnam has yet to focus on it because the country is still in the early stages of tourism development. With the updated goals, businesses should be aiming for premium products. The key for businesses is to understand market demands, especially trends and tourists’ preferences.

“High-spending visitors only account for 5-10 per cent of the total number of visitors to Vietnam but the spending ability is at least triple compared to the traditional visitors. High-end customers are people who have money, are educated and experienced, travel a lot, and know exactly what they want, so we must provide high-quality services worth the money spent by tourists. If the travel agencies do not have a corporate culture with professionalism and dedication, they cannot retain this tourist segment,” Ha said.

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