MR. BEAN & THE PROCESS TO ESTABLISH VIETNAM LOCALS TRAVEL AGENCY COMPANY
Starting from zero, Mr. Bean known as Le Hong Thuy (34 years old) has built Vietnam Locals Travel & Transport Co., LTD the online business company specializing in various types of tourism market with products with high competitiveness.
10 years of accumulated experience
Graduated from Hue Tourism College with specialized tour operator’s bachelor, Mr. Bean worked in Duy Tan hotel over 1 year, he came to Ha Noi to joined Asiana Travel Mate Co. Ltd (ATM). From a hotel reception staff move to the tour operator’s position, he faced a lot of pressure. In particular, the biggest difficulty is the access to the system of management software tour office completely different than the management system of a hotel.
Mr. Bean sharing, “In the beginning at participating in ATM, staff and company size was small, I was just an executive staff, so I had to work pretty hard, having to work as a salesman. Continued learning, I want to study to get into the Hanoi foreign trade university. However, when receiving the university admission notice, I wonder because the work had just okay, the school will occupy most of the time. But with the support from my colleagues, I have worked while studying during 4 years. After nearly 3 years of working with the position of an operating staff, got the trust of the board of directors, I trained to become an assistant to the chief operating officer and then to be assistant general manager. After graduation, I was made director of the Hue branch office and sticking 5 years in this position. ”
Period of 10 years in the tourism field to help Mr. Bean accumulated much experience so that when he made his own business, it became the source of knowledge serves back for business operation of the company.
If as many people chose to start a business after graduated immediately, began to mobilize resources from relatives, friends, he stated his own business by the opposite way. Many a little makes a mickle, after collecting enough the knowledge and experiment, he begin to start up. Not like many young people, Mr. Bean has nothing but really chose a true adventure road.
Mr. Bean said: “In the beginning of business, any company will also need resources, while he has been working 10 years active in the tourism field just enough to pay for living cost. The family economy is not too wealthy so it’s very hard to collect the financial sources. In 2015, the internet system has begun popular, many Youngers used this channel to sell online and earned not small income. I thought, why to waste a large amount of money to rent and other costs while completely can make use of this channel to self-promotion. At that time, I started to register domain names and officially starting a business by selling online. Of course, to let people know the name of your company, it’s will take the time, and in the first month, I focus on working for the building and promoting the new brand. Through the relationship in 10 years in tourism, I started to reach more and more customers.”
In August 2015, officially established as an online company. It specializes in providing travel services such as car rental, hotel reservations, air ticket sale, organize domestic tours for groups or individuals. However, after a period of operation, the company recognize the name Hue Locals no longer suitable, December 2016 company renamed Vietnam Locals Co. Ltd. (Vietnam locals Travel) with the goal of providing services tourism, transport with reasonable prices.
He sharing: “Because the lack of capital so to star, he just focus on building a website to promote tourism products for the other branches. Through online channel and the relationships, partners made the company more develop. The order goes up and up so the tour and services quality it gets better. In the established, one week, I just sell some tours with the income only 200.000 VND per day. The company always in the loss, after 6 months, our customer have also become more stable and the revenues got more.”
To make the special for the tourism products, besides promoting, he also cooperates with Hue-Da Nang-Hoi An Photographer club and photographer in Vietnam central area to expand Photo tours. Mr. Bean sharing: “Nowadays, the people who love taking photograph more and more. The connect with each other and make the photos tour to travel to beautiful places to have nice photos and special culture. Through this kind of tourism, the beauty of Vietnam will be show to the world.”
With the successful development of Hue market, Vietnam locals expanded branch out Hoi An and Da Nang. In 2017, the company will continue to expand in Quang Binh, Quang Tri, others Local market and in next 2018 the company will be extended to potential markets such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Europe and Australia.
From Thao Nguyen, Reporter of Hue Businessman forum online.