While I enjoy travelling, creating itineraries, and arranging vacations for myself and my family, those around me observed that I was doing well and encouraged me to pursue a career in tourism. I wanted to broaden my knowledge so that I can help people seamlessly arrive at their dream destination and contribute as well to the industry’s inventive and economic progress. These are some of the factors that influenced my decision to study and take up a career in tourism.
What is your greatest professional strength:
My greatest strength is my ability to think creatively and quickly on my feet and perform well even under pressure.
What’s your dream travel & tourism job:
To be an owner of a globally savvy travel and tours company, a godmother of a cruise ship, and to be a mentor to aspiring travel and tourism professionals.
In your opinion, what’s the most exciting trend in travel right now and why:
The “Work from Wherever” trend. Digitalization is here and will further emerge. We are already seeing people take advantage of this opportunity to pack up their laptops and travel for leisure while working. Nothing beats the idea of chilling by the beach, sipping margaritas, but never having to worry about out-of-office replies.
What is one thing you can’t travel without (don’t say passport):
My camera. I’m always ready to click and shoot a bunch of great videos and images. I like capturing the moment so I can relive the experience again and again. At the same time, I am collecting proof that I can show my future grandchildren and future generations the joys of travelling!
How many countries have you visited:
Where do you see yourself in 10 years:
I see myself as a successful specialist in tourist destination innovation and the implementation of interesting new tourism services. I also envision myself participating in the development of young tourism leaders by sharing the knowledge I’ve learned through work experience and through study. I aim to help small and medium-sized businesses increase their contribution to the tourism value chain.
Name your favourite travel experience so far:
My Vietnam trip with my family. It was our first international trip together. We got to enjoy an overnight river cruise in Halong Bay. It is such a surreal experience to see a UNESCO World Heritage site. We also didn’t miss trying out a uniquely Hanoi coffee made with egg which is called the Ca phe trúng.
What’s on your travel bucket list:
I’ve got a loooong list but these are the few that top my list: Bhutan, South Africa, Iceland, The Vatican, New Zealand, The Holyland, Alaska and so much more!
Name your greatest achievement so far:
To be given the opportunity to live and study in Canada, especially in a respected institution, and completing my program with flying colours. And of course, winning BSAP is the greatest bonus. I feel empowered and grateful for the incredible support around me. I am excited to see what else I can achieve and what the future holds.
What’s the best OR worst piece of travel advice you’ve received:
The lessons of travel are not limited to the ones we learn through visiting places; they may also take the shape of supporting individuals and advocating for issues that are based on our shared love of travel.
In your opinion, what is one positive and lasting outcome the pandemic will have on the travel industry:
The increased awareness on mindful travel, public health, and safety of the stakeholders. The travel industry learned so much in the recent past, and they have certainly worked together to safeguard the industry and mitigate the impacts if another threat arises. The efforts of the industry develop transformational and meaningful contingency plans so that we may enjoy a sustainable future for the long-term benefit of tourism stakeholders.