Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office : Myanmar to host international tourism expo in 2018

Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office : Myanmar to host international tourism expo in 2018

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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.

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.

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