Hanoi, Vietnam - Hai Au Aviation was recently honoured as "Asia's Leading Seaplane Operator” at the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2019.

The World Travel Awards gala ceremony for Asia & Oceania was held on the island of Phu Quoc on October 12 with the attendance of 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 press agencies.

Hai Au Airlines received the most votes in its category, beating out regional rivals including Mehair Seaplane, Sea Bird, and Setouchi Seaplanes, to receive this prestigious award for the first time. The award can be seen as a milestone marking Hai Au’s continued development and unceasing efforts in the field of seaplanes in particular and the tourism/aviation industry in general.

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Established in 2014 in Vietnam, Hai Au Aviation (a member of the Thien Minh Group) is Vietnam’s first and only provider of scheduled and sightseeing seaplane flights flying at an altitude of 300 metres. In addition to scheduled and sightseeing flights between Hanoi - Halong, Danang - Hue and Dong Hoi, Hai Au also offers charter flights to more than 20 destinations across Vietnam. In its five years of operation and development, Hai Au has safely operated more than 2,500 flights, serving more than 30,000 customers from 47 countries around the world. After each and every flight, Hai Au is pleased to receive positive feedback from passengers regarding the flight experience and excellent service received.

Known as the "Oscars of the tourism industry", the World Travel Awards is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence since 1993, honouring brands providing superb service in the fields of aviation, hotels, resorts, travel agencies, and destination management. The awards are divided geographically, including Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle East, Central America, Oceania, North America, and South America.

Winners from the regional tier are then entered into the World Awards, confirming their pedigree of being the world’s best. Hai Au Aviation is now nominated for “World’s Leading Seaplane Operator 2019” together with other regional winners.