Voting Prize

Voting for the M&IT Awards 2017 has now closed.

The lucky winner of this wonderful prize to Vietnam was Amy Walker from Trinity Event Solutions.

 

THE PRIZE

The winner of the M&IT Awards 2017 voting prize will receive a trip to Vietnam including a complimentary tour of Saigon and Mekong for 5 days and 4 nights including business class flights provided by Qatar Airways. The trip will include roundtrip airport transfers from Tan Son Nhat, three nights at The Reverie Saigon, 5-star hotel, one day Saigon city tour and a complimentary cruise (two days and one night) in Mekong Delta aboard The Bassac.

 

Provided by:

QATAR AIRWAYS

QA-BCFly in the luxury of Qatar Airways’ award-winning Business Class from London Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester or Edinburgh to Ho Chi Minh City via Doha. Onboard you’ll enjoy an on-demand menu service, designer amenity kits and 3,000 in-flight entertainment options on a generous 17-inch TV screen.

HO CHI MINH CITY

Ho Chi Minh City, previously known as Saigon, is the economic capital of Vietnam. It’s a bustling, dynamic and industrious center and by far the most populous city of the country. The streets, where much of the city’s life takes place, are a myriad of shops, stalls, stands-on-wheels and vendors selling wares spread out on sidewalks.

The city churns ferments, bubbles and fumes. Yet within the teeming metropolis are the timeless traditions and beauty of the ancient culture.

HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR – Duration 1 day

HO CHI MINH CITY

SGN-OverviewExplore Ho Chi Minh City, the economic capital of the country. Walth through the picturesque Chinatown “Cho Lon” which houses the Thien Hau Pagoda. This Pagoda was built in honor of the protective Goddess of sailors. From there, drive to the impressive Binh Tay Market and Giac Lam Pagoda, the oldest pagoda of Ho Chi Minh City.

Then stop at a lacquer factory.

Lunch at local restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit the old colonial residential quarter, including the City Hall, built from 1902-1908 in a French colonial style, Opera House, built in 1897 by French Architect Eugene Ferret, the contemporary Reunification Palace (inside) and the elegant 19th century Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Then, stroll around the Central Post Office built, neoclassical architectural style, built in the early 20th century by Eiffel.

THE REVERIE SAIGON

The-Reverie-Saigon-SwimmingSituated in the upper echelon of Ho Chi Minh City’s newest, most luxurious building, you can indulge in world-class service amidst the finest interior and design.

With sweeping views of Ho Chi Minh City, amongst the 27th through 39th floors of Times Square, the 62 luxury suites and 224 luxury rooms of The Reverie Saigon are sure to be the place to be seen. Featuring a top-shelf bar, European and Indochina inspired fine dining, a luxurious spa and world-class facilities, this iconic hotel will transform the way you look at Vietnam.

The Reverie Saigon. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World.

MEKONG DELTA

Considered as the southern rice basket of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is the perfect area for ecotourism, bird watching and discovering Vietnam’s scenic beauty. With thousands of canals nourishing a variety of fruits, trees and tropical plants, the Mekong Delta is a real display of the rural life.

THE BASSAC

The Bassac offers tour on Mang Thit, one of the most popular and crowed areas on Mekong River. The cruise will bring you to visit the most typical floating market on Mang Thit: Cai Be market.

The Bassac are three elegant rides sharing the same standards and mostly differing in size.

All three Bassac are built of wood according to the tradition of the rice barges of the Mekong delta, with amendments where safety standards require.

Bassac I actually once was a rice barge, which we bought and overhauled into the cozy cabin cruiser it is today, and although Bassac II and III are entirely new hull designs, more adapted to their present purpose, they were built with the same craftsmanship and according to the same tradition.

CABINS

Bassac I features 6 cabins, Bassac II & III features 12 cabins. All are equipped with:

  • Air-conditioning, Fan
  • Safety Equipment and Life Vests
  • Safety box
  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Hot water
  • Hair Dryer

FACILITIES & SERVICES

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Sundeck
  • Activities (cooking class, kayaking)
  • Laundry Service

THE BASSAC CRUISE: MY THO TO SA DEC Duration – 2 days / 1 night

Note: Depart on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Note: During the cruise on board of The Bassac, all excursions will be organized in groups.

Destination One – HO CHI MINH CITY – MY THO – CAI BE

Mekong-delta-1In the morning depart to My Tho in the heart of the Mekong Delta and check-in on board of The Bassac. There will be a short introduction of the crew and the ship, followed by lunch on board. The cruise begins toward Cai Be.

Early afternoon board on a sampan boat for a short cruise through the boats that come daily to sell their products: fruits, vegetables, fishes… Then sail through the numerous arroyos and be captivated by the serenity of the Mekong Delta. Visit an ancient colonial house and a rice popcorn factory and taste the local specialties.

Return back on board; depart to Cai Be and free time at leisure on the sundeck or enjoy a soothing foot massage (with supplement).

 

Destination Two – CAI BE – SA DEC – HO CHI MINH CITY

Street-FoodIn the footsteps of Marguerite Duras.

After breakfast, the boat heads toward Sa Dec.

Upon arrival, check-out time before boarding on a local boat to reach Sa Dec city, the old-fashioned town, famous for its flowers and bonsai plants, and where the famous French Writer Marguerite Duras spent her childhood.

Stroll through the lively market streets of this fascinating town, toward the tomb of The Bassac (the Lover) and his parents. Visit a Chinese temple and pass-by the school where Margerite’s mother has taught (an opportunity to interact with the students), as well as the house where she used to live with her children.

 

After the visit, drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.

THE SUPPLIERS

Phoenix Voyages

Professional DMC in Asia, Phoenix Voyages Group is the result of a fusion of two companies specialized in tourism: Phoenix Vietnam Co. Ltd, created in Vietnam in 1999 and Asia Holidays Travel & Tours Ltd, established in Myanmar since 1997.

With more than 15 years of experience, Phoenix Voyages remains loyal to its philosophy of putting emphasis on clientele personalized services first, offering a wide range of tours such as:

  • Personalized individual or groups tours & programs
  • Incentive tours or business trips
  • Organization of conferences & seminars

Our team, made up of both local and expatriate staff with extensive experience in the tourism industry in the Far East and Europe, is able to attend to our clients in 3 languages: English, French and Spanish.

Renowned for its dynamism and professionalism, Phoenix Voyages Group is currently considered to be one of the leading Tourism Agencies in South East Asia and offers 7 destinations of choice: Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, North Korea, South Korea, Thailand and 2 associate offices in Indonesia and Bhutan.

At Phoenix Voyages, we think that listening and empathy are the necessary skills to understand our clients’ individual needs and fulfill their requirements and expectations. Every day we share our experiences, competences and above all, our love and passion for Asia.

Always looking for improvement of our services, for unique ways to travel and for unusual places to offer our clients, we particularly value innovation and creativity.

Furthermore, while the essence of our corporate commitment is to our clients, the Phoenix Voyages Foundation is actively committed to the development of our countries and the wellness of their populations by supporting numerous associations in their social, cultural and environmental charitable projects.

Pearl Representation Ltd

Pearl Representation Ltd is a specialist sales and marketing company with over 20 years’ experience in the travel and service industry, promoting professional and talented Destination Management Companies (DMCs) to the UK market.

Pearl comes with a strong background in the MICE market and are a young and dynamic representation company who work whole heartedly to achieve results for its Partners and Clients. We are enthusiastic, hard-working, and passionate about our business and the success of our Partners and Customers. We possess all the qualities needed for a representation company of the 21st century. We pride ourselves on our knowledge, experience and reputation within the industry. Our promise is to provide excellent service leading to long-term partnership and year-on success. We focus on unique attention to detail on all projects. At Pearl you will get loyalty and assurance throughout.

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 19th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of more than 180 aircraft flying to over 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents. Qatar Airways won Airline of the Year, Best Business Class Airline Seat and Best Airline in the Middle East at the 2015 Skytrax Awards.

Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Qatar Airways has rapidly expanded into the MICE business and has created QMICE to cater to the many needs of the MICE industry.

Qatar Airways is also an active member of the International Conference and Convention Association (ICCA).

Qatar Airways QMICE is a one-stop solution for event organisers, international associations, and travel agents.

  • Group Travel
    • Quote your group more than 12 months ahead of departure;
    • Spread your departures across multiple origins and flight dates;
    • Break down your group movements into bookings of less than 10 passengers;
    • Other options available at preferred rates.
  • Individual Travel
    • Upfront discounts of up to 25% valid online or via your appointed travel agent;
    • Discounts available for site inspection trips;
    • Attractive rewards;
    • Partner for your event.

Register and send your RFP online http://www.qatarairways.com/uk/en/business-solutions/meetings-and-conventions-organisers.page.