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Bhaya Cruises wins 'Blue Swallow Award'

Released at: 07:52, 09/11/2019

Bhaya Cruises wins 'Blue Swallow Award'

Photo: Linh Nguyen

Cruise operator picks up award for community efforts in Ha Long Bay.

by Jessica Nguyen

Bhaya Cruises received the “Silver Swallow Award” in the Blue Swallows program in early November for its garbage reduction solutions, ocean cleanup efforts, and community development programs in Ha Long Bay.

Chosen from different business initiatives in multiple localities around the country, Bhaya Cruises was recognized for its ongoing contributions in providing sustainable solutions in Ha Long Bay as well as its long-term collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in preserving the Cat Ba langur, an endangered primate native to only Cat Island on the fringes of the famed bay.

Launched in 2017, Blue Swallows was the first program in Vietnam to build, accelerate, and recognize business initiatives for social change. It promotes entrepreneurial spirit and accelerates innovative and scalable business solutions that are making positive contributions to environmental or social outcomes critical to sustainable development goals. This year, it focused on sustainable agriculture, the environment and climate change, sustainable tourism, gender equality promotion, and women’s empowerment.

Bhaya was the only cruise operator selected and awarded a Silver Swallow. The cruise operator is committed to using the winnings in upcoming corporate social responsibility projects in Ha Long Bay and continues to remain the pioneer of green tourism in the Gulf of Tonkin.

“This award has great meaning for Bhaya Cruises, as our efforts and attention towards the community have been widely recognized,” said Ms. Jerri Povibool, Vice President of HG Holdings, the parent company of Bhaya Cruises. “We are now more motivated to try harder in providing the best services delivered from the heart to all our passengers and in accompanying every employee to operate while developing and maintaining a sustainable and green Ha Long Bay for the future.”

The Blue Swallow program is jointly held by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Center for Social Initiatives Promotion (CSIP).

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