Myan­mar to host in­ter­na­tional tourism expo in 2018

The Myanmar Times - - News - EI EI THU eiei­thu@mm­times.com

THE first Myan­mar In­ter­na­tional Tourism Ex­hi­bi­tion will be held in Yan­gon from July 20-22 and is ex­pected to at­tract over 100 in­ter­na­tional travel com­pa­nies from more than 10 Asian coun­tries, Chi­nakit Viphavakit, general man­ager of ICVeX Co, told a news conference on 10 Oc­to­ber.

“It is a busi­ness plat­form to pro­mote Myan­mar as an in­ter­na­tional tourism travel des­ti­na­tion and pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal travel agen­cies to con­nect with in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies to sell in-bound and buy out-bound travel in Myan­mar,” Chi­nakit said.

He added that it will be a good way for the travel in­dus­try to at­tract in­ter­na­tional tourists to Yan­gon.

“Thai­land and Tai­wan are al­ready con­firmed to par­tic­i­pate in the tourism expo,” Chi­nakit said. ICVeX

This is the sec­ond time that an in­ter­na­tional tourism expo will be held in Myan­mar. The ASEAN Tourism Fo­rum 2014 was held in Nay Pyi Taw.

ICVeX is or­gan­is­ing the expo in co­op­er­a­tion with the Tourism Au­thor­ity of Thai­land and Tourism Bu­reau of the Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan).

“We haven’t been able to hold an in­ter­na­tional tourism ex­hi­bi­tion un­til now be­cause we lacked or­gan­is­ers skilled in the meet­ings, in­cen­tives, con­fer­ences and events mar­ket. That is why we are wel­com­ing pri­vate sec­tor par­tic­i­pa­tion in this event,” U Thet Lwin Toh, chair­man of the Union of Myan­mar Travel As­so­ci­a­tion said.

The expo will fea­ture ex­hi­bi­tions on busi­ness travel, med­i­cal tourism, wed­dings and ed­u­ca­tion tourism. Ex­hibitors will pay US$290 (K391,852) per square me­tre of space and $320 per square me­tre for a stan­dard booth.

“It would cost $4000 to $5000 to par­tic­i­pate in an in­ter­na­tional tourism ex­hi­bi­tion in other coun­tries, which is un­af­ford­able for a small travel com­pany. Now they can pay about K3 mil­lion for three days, U Thet Lwin Toh said.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Ho­tels and Tourism, 2.27 mil­lion tourists vis­ited Myan­mar from Jan­uary through Au­gust, which was an in­crease of 22 per­cent com­pared to the same pe­riod last year.

The min­istry ex­pects 3.5 mil­lion tourists to visit be­fore the end of the year.

‘It is a busi­ness plat­form to pro­mote Myan­mar as an in­ter­na­tional tourism travel des­ti­na­tion...’

Chi­nakit Viphavakit

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