Office Location: Beijing
Regional General Manager: Mengzhu Xie
Oversees: Asia/South Pacific Small Ship Cruises and Escorted Land
Helping Travelers See the Richest Details
Mengzhu Xie loves nothing better than helping Vantage travelers understand the
complex cultures and histories of China – and the entire Asia-South Pacific region
that she oversees. She's been doing just that for 25 years. An alumnus of a tourism
school in Beijing, she spent several years as a guide and host to visitors, then
went on to the marketing side of the business, and has since worked as a buyer and
Regional General Manager for Vantage.
"To appreciate countries with such varied and rich pasts – like India,
Cambodia, or Australia – you have to slow down," she says. "Asia especially is so
different for American travelers and it's easy for the details to pass you by."
When she meets Vantage travelers, this is one of the first things she tells them.
"You don't want to go home from such a thrilling destination and feel like you missed
Our Local Presence Gives You Invaluable Insight
Mengzhu works with her team of Program Managers to bring out the finer points
of Asia and the South Pacific. At a street market in Guilin, China, for instance,
travelers are encouraged to leisurely browse the stalls and chat with the vendors,
even if by gesturing with their hands. In Sydney, Australia, Program Managers tell
the colorful history of the Rocks District, showing visitors that it's more than
just another seaside quarter. And one of her favorite moments is seeing the look
of wonder on travelers' faces when they climb onto elephants in India.
Mengzhu's Secrets to the Best Memorable Journeys
- Caring, expert Program Managers who are as excited to share their country
as Vantage travelers are to see it
- Ample Cultural Connections that encourage travelers to interact with locals,
for a more intimate view of Asia and the South Pacific
- Working to provide the best value in deluxe travel by keeping trip costs
as low as possible