Nguyen Viet Loan, Founder & Chairwoman, Journeys To The East Destination Management Company Ltd. (Vietnam)
Loan is a graduate of the Sorbonne Faculty of Linguistics, and also holds degrees in History of Arts, Chinese Studies and Archaeology. She’s fluent in 7 languages.
However knowing that archaeological excavations would not feed her and her family she decided to follow the footsteps of her maternal grandmother and become an entrepreneur.
Loan started her entrepreneurial career as an Oriental Antiques dealer in Munich, opened a Vietnamese restaurant in Munich in 1976 and another one later in Taipei.
In 1990, she returned to Vietnam and set up the first international Business Center in Hanoi to attract foreign direct investment into Vietnam.
“The Hanoi Business Centre was the meeting point for foreign investors to gather and exchange information on foreign investments’ new regulations.; in short a bustling networking venue”.
Her very first clients were no others than her loyal patrons of her restaurant in Taipei, Banks, like Standard Chartered, HSBC, or Citibank.
After a series of new investments in the development of office buildings and apartments she founded Journeys to the East, a Boutique Luxury Tour Operator that designs and creates unique travel experience for discerning travelers.
Loan’s also been the Honorary Consul of Uruguay since 2009.
Loan is a regular delegate of the ‘Vietnamese Women Entrepreneurs Council’ under the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce to attend the Global Summit of Women.
She’s also active in raising funds for organisations like Operation Smile, Blue Dragon Foundation, the Fund for the Protection of Vietnamese Children, and the cause nearest to her heart, raising funds for shelters for women and their children suffering domestic violence.
Loan has received an Award of Merit by the Prime Minister of Vietnam for her “contributions to the socio-economic development of the country “.