Hai Au Aviation was recently honored as “Asia’s Leading Seaplane Operator” at the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2019.

The WTA gala ceremony for Asia & Oceania was held on Phu Quoc Island and attended by more than 200 guests, including representatives of leading airlines, hotels, resorts, tour operators, and destination management agencies throughout Asia as well as national and international media.

Hai Au received the most votes in its category, overcoming regional rivals such as Mehair Seaplane, Sea Bird, and Setouchi Seaplanes to win the prestigious award for the first time.

The award is considered a milestone marking Hai Au’s continued development and unending efforts in seaplane flights in particular and Vietnam’s aviation and tourism industries in general.

Winners in the regional round then enter the World Awards, confirming their pedigree of being the world’s best. Hai Au Aviation has now been nominated as “World’s Leading Seaplane Operator 2019” together with other regional winners.

Established in 2014, Hai Au Aviation, a member of the Thien Minh Group, is Vietnam’s first and only provider of scheduled and sightseeing seaplane flights. In addition to scheduled and sightseeing flights between Hanoi and Ha Long Bay and Da Nang, Hue and Dong Hoi, Hai Au also offers charter flights to more than 20 destinations in the country. In its five years of operations, it has conducted more than 2,500 flights, ferrying more than 30,000 passengers from 47 countries and territories around the world. After each and every flight, Hai Au receives positive feedback from passengers regarding the flight experience and service.

Known as the “Oscars of the Tourism Industry”, the World Travel Awards have been recognized globally as the benchmark of industry excellence since 1993, honoring those providing superb services in the fields of aviation, hotels, resorts, travel agencies, and destination management. The awards are divided geographically, into Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central America, Oceania, North America, and South America.

Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Vietnam, the Thien Minh Group is one of Asia’s leading integrated travel and hospitality groups. It has grown tremendously from a boutique adventure tour operator into the largest privately-owned travel and hospitality group in Vietnam, with four main business lines: Hospitality (owning and operating Victoria Hotels & Resorts, ÊMM Hotels & Resorts, Emeraude Cruises, L’Azalée Cruises, and the Spice Viet Restaurant chain), Online Travel Agency (iVIVU.com), Destination Management (providing tour services under brand PEAK Vietnam, and Aviation (Hai Au Aviation). The Group hosts over 200,000 hotel guests annually at its hotels, handles over 1 million transactions on the iVIVU platform, and brings approximately 500,000 tourists to Southeast Asia.