CHINA specialist Wendy Wu Tours’ managing director Alan Alcock has reassured travel agents today that there were no WWT passengers on board the ferry which recently capsized on the Yangtze River with as many as 500 people on board.
He said this morning, “Thankfully, Wendy Wu Tours does not utilise this cruise company that was involved in the incident. It is our understanding that the Eastern Star vessel primarily carries domestic passengers almost exclusively.”
Mr Alcock added, “Wendy Wu Tours can assure prospective travellers that all seven Victoria Cruises’ vessels, which we primarily use are sailing and safe. All vessels utilised by Wendy Wu Tours adhere to vigorous safety checks as well as standards of quality. “ Victoria Cruises is an American managed company, who has been in operation for 21 years. Their ships have been given the top rating by the Yangtze navigation authority. Victoria’s vessels all have double-bottom hulls, an important safety feature, and conform to the highest standards for stable river navigation.
He added, “They have been designed to withstand any type of weather conditions along the Yangtze. Their captains and crew all adhere strictly to the safety requirements of the navigation authority”.
Mr Alcock expressed his sympathies to those most affected by this tragedy and on behalf of the entire WWT family, wishes to convey his deepest condolences.