Nguyen Dinh An
Nguyen Dinh An or Andy Nguyen (1972) is the father of 7 children with the distinction of having both twin sons and daughters. He lives with his family in the ancient citadel city of Hue. Andy, as he is also known, was born in the village of Tiên Điền in Hà Tĩnh province on the north central coast. The village is nestled deep in the literary heart of Vietnam, the home of the celebrated 18th century poet Nguyễn Du, author of the epic poem, The Tale of Kiều.
Andy began his career in the tourism industry in the mid-nineties. In 1998, he guided Martin and Annie Coudeville from Oostende, Belgium on their first visit to Vietnam. It was the beginning of an ongoing relationship that changed his life, giving him direction and opportunities he otherwise might never have had.
Andy’s integrity, competence and natural qualities of leadership soon brought him into the ranks of management in some of the industry’s leading companies. In 2006, tempered by a decade of experience, Andy, together with his friends Chi and Quyet, founded Asiana Travel Mate, establishing the fledgling company’s first office in Ho Chi Minh City that year. Bonded by a common vision of a company that would deliver on it’s promises and operate in a responsible manner, the trio formulated the principle of “Responsible Travel and Sharing“, with customized inbound travel and personalized services as the cornerstone of its operations. Asiana Travel Mate’s clientele base soon began to grow beyond expectations.
Andy is an intrepid photographer and is personally committed to the ideals of social responsibility, expressed through community outreach initiatives, now embedded as part of the company’s operations. He is gifted with a knack for strategic marketing initiatives and his visionary, egalitarian style of management has engendered a well motivated and competent work force that has vitalized the company’s growth and direction.
“I believe in making things possible.”
Quote: Nguyen Dinh An
Bui Van Chi, based in Hanoi, Northern Vietnam.
Bui Van Chi (1977) was born in Nghệ An, the home province of Hồ Chí Minh in the north central coast of Vietnam. He majored in English and French at the University of Foreign Studies and in International Business Administration at the University of Economics in Hanoi where he now lives with his wife and daughter.
Prior to the founding of Asiana Travel Mate in 2006, Chi traveled extensively throughout the northern territories of Vietnam as a tour guide, leading classic and adventure tours. These included kayaking, cycling and trekking, activities and special assignments for film crews as well as location surveys. He later extended his travel into Laos and Cambodia as a tour leader. In the course of his early career, Chi had worked with Andy and their common experiences led to a convergent outlook and shared vision for the founding of Asiana Travel Mate.
Chi has a talent for logistics management with a pragmatic and candid approach to operational concerns, keeping the company’s tour operations on an even keel, in close liaison with the marketing team to deliver the scope and quality of services promised. His even tempered character and professionalism is an inspiration to staff based in Hanoi where the company has realized significant growth since it opened it’s offices in the capital city.