Founded with the vision of helping more people appreciate the rare beauty of Halong Bay, Bhaya Classic cruises have firmly adhered to responsible practices on its Halong Bay cruises since its initial operations in 2007. These responsible practices are designed to ensure the bay's environmental integrity, now and in the future, as well as seeing to it that local communities benefit from tourism in their area and are encouraged to preserve their unique culture.
Actions in environment protection
Understanding that preserving ecological balance in Halong Bay is paramount to our success, Bhaya Classic requires full and active compliance on each of its boats with all government regulations regarding on-board environmental treatment systems, and is firmly committed not to dispose any water or garbage into the bay. Beyond regulatory compliance, we actively work with relevant authorities in the area on efforts to conserve the unique environment found in Halong Bay and to protect the many marine and terrestrial species found here, as well as the delicate rock formations for which the bay is known. Part of our mission as a cruise provider is to help our guests learn about local culture around Halong Bay, to which end we offer our cruise clients some guiding principles on what to do and what not to do while in the bay, to limit any possible negative long term effects on local communities from tourism, as well as to ensure that the environment of the bay bears no negative impact from our visit.
As part of Bhaya Classic's efforts to strengthen conservation and environmental protection in Halong Bay, we support effective environmental programmes operated by NGOs and local authorities. Bhaya Classic actively contributes to the “Halong – Cat Ba Alliance” which, operated by IUCN Vietnam with funding from USAID, works to safeguard the area's natural integrity and boost the impact of responsible environmental management throughout the World Heritage Halong Bay, as well as Cat Ba Archipelago. Bhaya Classic also regularly takes part in public awareness campaigns highlighting the importance of environmental conservation in Halong Bay, and locally organized initiatives around the issue. The campaigns we have been involved in include Clean the Bay 2012, Action for Halong Bay 2013, Action for Green Halong 2016 in corporation with IUCN, both calling on public participation to remove garbage from the bay and raise public awareness on the effect of littering in the bay.
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Giving back to the local community
Support local economy
At Bhaya Classic, we believe that as one of the most trusted, well-reputed and largest cruise operators on Halong Bay, it is part of our role to ensure that the benefits of Halong Bay tourism have a positive impact felt throughout the local communities around the bay. As part of this role, we make all efforts to work with local suppliers and support them in developing and applying sustainable practices in their operations. We also focus on employing local people whenever we can, and provide the necessary training to make this possible. We consider the recruitment of local employees as a vital part of our support for the community. The effects are much greater than direct employment; the travel and hospitality skills training and experiences we provide strengthen the local labour pool and last for a lifetime. Our approach is designed to make certain that the economic benefits of the large-scale tourism which Halong Bay brings are growing the local economy and bringing more opportunities and choices to local people. In particular, the organic farm in Viet Hai village is a project for supporting the local economy. The establishment of the organic farm helps them to be more independent, by reducing their reliance on ‘importing’ more expensive vegetables from outside the village.
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Support local resident life
Bhaya Classic also takes part in charity efforts to improve the quality of life for residents, and local disaster response programmes. Our involvement in projects to support local residents have included providing eye check-ups at no charge for residents of Viet Hai Village (2012), the construction of an elementary school for Vung Vieng fishing village (2012), and a major donation campaign in support of Viet Hai Village residents after severe flooding in July 2015.
Participating in Halong – Cat Ba Alliance
Bhaya Classic, as a representative for tourism business in Halong Bay, is proud to be a member of the Halong - Cat Ba Alliance, a three-year initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as a core partner.
The Ha Long – Cat Ba Alliance aims to build partnerships between the Vietnamese government, businesses and civil society to catalyse actions in order to improve environmental management and protect the natural integrity of the Ha Long Bay (HLB) World Heritage Site (WHS), including the Cat Ba Archipelago.
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