Tran Trong Kien is the chairman and CEO of Thien Minh Group (TMG), an integrated Travel Group specializing in the Southeast Asian region. He originally started running local tours to fund his medical studies before founding Buffalo Tours in 1994.
Buffalo Tours has evolved into one of the top regional tour operators and is acknowledged as the best originating from Vietnam. Today it has a global network of 17 operation offices in Asia in 11 countries (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Japan and Hongkong) and 4 sales offices in Australia, United Kingdom, United State and Russia.
In the past 21 years, TMG has grown tremendously from the original Buffalo Tours brand to an integrated travel group in Southeast Asia consisting of three main business lines and 10 brands:
Travel — Buffalo Tours, PEAK Vietnam, Cho Lon Tours, Asia Outdoors and Hai Au Aviation;
Hospitality — Victoria Hotels & Resorts, ÊMM Hotels & Resorts, Mai Chau Lodge and Festival Hue Hotel;
Online — iVIVU.com (an online accommodations and travel portal).
Kien graduated as a Medical Doctor from Hanoi Medical School, holds a BA in English from University of Foreign Languages and International Studies, Hanoi, Vietnam and a MBA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
He is a member of several professional and social organizations, including the Board of the Asia Commercial Bank (top 5 Commercial Banks in Vietnam) and Vinaland Limited (London Stock Exchange – VNL).