Myanmar ready to host ATF 2015

Myanmar has adequate airline connectivity and room capacity in the capital Nay Pyi Daw to host the 2015 Asean Tourism Forum.


Commenting on the country’s ability to host its first ever ATF, he said there were over 4,000 hotel rooms and plenty of guest house accommodation in the capital for trade show delegates.

The event attracts around 1,600 delegates including 900 sellers 100 media and 350 to 450 international buyers.

Myanmar’s capital city, located around 400 km north of Yangon, has two convention centres with adequate facilities and capacity to host the ATF.

“If we need more flights to the capital, national airlines can provide services,” he said, “but are expecting more regional airlines to serve the capital by January 2015.”

Bangkok Airways recently established nonstop flights from Bangkok to Nay Pyi Daw and the minster said there was a strong likelihood that Thai AirAsia would resume services soon. It stopped flights claiming passenger traffic in the absence of special events or conferences could not sustain a scheduled service

It served the capital for a short time late last year to fly officials and sports teams to the SEA Games.

There are reports that Singapore Airlines will start nonstop services between Singapore and Yangon, this June.

During the ASEAN ministers’ press conference, Monday, the minister confirmed the country welcomed 2.04 million visitors in 2013, up from slightly more than 1 million in 2012. Data showed 900,000 visitors arrived by air and cruise ships and slightly more than 1.1 million overland from neighbouring countries

“I am confident we can attract 3 million visitors this year,” he told around 150 international and local media attending the press briefing. “Yes it is optimistic, but based on what other ASEAN nations achieve we believe 3 million visitors is possible and sustainable.”

However, he did acknowledge that there was a need to be careful to ensure tourism maintained a sustainable quality level that would not overburden carrying capacity at destinations.

Based on a master plan approved last year laws and institutional infra-structure would need to be established to govern the growth of tourism. He said UNWTO would assist.

“We will need to develop tourism products, address connectivity issues and infrastructure shortcomings,” he said, adding that human resource development and the adoption of ASEAN standards relating to tourism and the hotel business were priorities.

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