Jun22596 18 | LUXlife Magazine - Travel & Tourism Awards 2023 If you’re tasked with arranging the trip of a lifetime, where do you start? In particular, if that trip will take you halfway around the world. Finding a DMC with the right connections on the ground is essential to success. Asia Bespoke Tours has gained an unwavering reputation for its service and expertise across Southeast Asia. The company partners with travel professionals to ensure their clients have the very best and most memorable travel experiences. To date, Manfred Schweizer boasts an illustrious career in the travel and tourism industry. With over 40 years’ experience, Manfred has held positions with a range of notable travel companies including Airtours International, Hapag Lloyd Cruises, TUI, Grand Circle Travel, and Kuoni. As well as his native Germany, Manfred has worked in Switzerland, the USA, Oman, and Vietnam. He decided it was time to launch his own DMC whilst based in Myanmar back in 2018. The company started life as Myanmar Bespoke Tours. Very soon it became clear to Manfred and his team that demand for the services the company offered stretched far beyond the borders of Myanmar. Asia Bespoke Tours was born. Based in the Philippines, Asia Bespoke Tours covers Myanmar, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Bhutan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. Manfred tells us, “Our years of experience and local expertise make us the perfect DMC partner to meet the needs of our clients and their clients. Our in-market teams based across the region expertly guide clients every step of the way. Our aim is always to exceed expectations.” Specialising in creative itineraries it's unlikely that you’ll find the same, or even similar offerings anywhere else. Manfred’s industry network runs wide and deep through most countries in the world. His record of building sales strategy, managing operations and delivering successful outcomes is well known. The standards he sets for himself, and the team, are purposefully high to ensure the best outcome for the client, every time. Manfred’s right hand is Director of Sales & Business Development, Karolina Reissmullerova. Originally from the Czech Republic, Karolina began her career in hospitality in the UK. Moving to Vietnam in 2015, Karolina developed a passion for travelling the region. Her network of contacts within the travel and airline industry has been instrumental in developing the business. Karolina spends much Dec22235 Most Trusted Luxury DMC 2023 - Southeast Asia Extraordinary experiences. Extraordinary destinations. Extraordinary service. These are the promises of expert destination management company (DMC) Asia Bespoke Tours. With its wealth of local knowledge and connections, Asia Bespoke Tours specialises in tailor-made luxury travel throughout Southeast Asia. The company is headed up by CEO Manfred Schweizer. We take a browse through Asia Bespoke Tours' history, services and destinations. of her time travelling, attending trade shows and promoting Asia Bespoke Tours around the globe. Covering a region of over 4.5 million km2, a thorough understanding of each country and destination is key to Asia Bespoke Tours business. The culture, geography, logistics and even the climate can vary vastly from area to area. Manfred says, “We’re all about creating oncein-a-lifetime trips to the most spectacular destinations in the world. We know where to find stunning, unspoilt beaches, breath-taking hiking trails and off-the-beaten-path local culture. Not to mention a whole host of vibrant, buzzing cities. Our clients are those who seek outstanding service, excellent quality, and unique and creative programs.” The company has an extensive portfolio of services and is ready to pull out all the stops to ensure clients are delighted with their experience. Some of the more unusual outings offered by Asia Bespoke Tours include exploring the Mentawai Islands in Western Sumatra with a shaman of the Mentawai tribe. Visitors are treated to demonstrations of traditional hunting and fishing techniques as well as taking a dip in the river. The trip includes a homestay and dinner with the tribe. Or if you prefer, how about travelling into the hills of Thailand in your very own Tuk Tuk? Guests choose from chauffeured or self-drive options as they take in iconic views before cooking up a jungle feast at the Karen Hill Tribe village. There’s definitely no shortage of firsts for visitors travelling with Asia Bespoke Tours. In Vietnam, you may find yourself taking to the water in a bamboo basket boat, or even taking part in a local boat race! Or how about shopping for ingredients at a bustling local market before taking a lesson in traditional Vietnamese cookery? These options are merely a sample of what Asia Bespoke Tours has to offer and demonstrate the company’s versatility, local knowledge and extensive connections. As well as excursions, Asia Bespoke Tours offers a full portfolio of boutique-style 4 and 5-star luxury accommodation. Free independent travellers (FIT), group inclusive tours (GIT), and business clients for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) are all catered for with laser-focused attention to detail.