Myanmar Airways International (MAI) is working
with the Myanmar Tourism Federation (MTF) and Myanmar Tourism
Marketing (MTM) to promote the country to overseas travel agents
and social influencers.
Last month, MAI organized KOL and familiarization
trips from Vietnam and Thailand. Normally, tourists from those two
countries visit Yangon, Bago and
Golden Rock, but during the fam trip they had the opportunity to visit Bagan
and Mandalay thanks to the support from
the airline, hotels, travel agents and restaurants.
Bagan was an eye-opening and wonderful experience we had during
our Myanmar visit,” said Tran Viet Phuong, a KOL
from Vietnam. “It’s amazing to see the beauty of Bagan as you watch
the sun slowly set behind the ancient Pagodas. The magic of Bagan
has inspired visitors to Myanmar for nearly 1000 years.”
Uppatasanti Pagoda in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com
Tour guides are among the most severely impacted professions
during the pandemic. For Myo Kyaw Aung the fam group was his
first tour guide trip since COVID19 started back in March 2020, and
he believes tour guides will return when demand grows firmer,
although admits that may take years.
Tanes Kumar, CCO of
MAI, said, “These fam trip
activities are one of our initiatives to promote the tourism
growth of Myanmar. Hence, we will continue to work with
progressive partners in Myanmar’s travel and tourism sector to
push our direct flights to position Myanmar as a key regional
Myanmar has relaxed the enrty requirement for
travellers to take tests with RDT if they
show a vaccination record card as proof of being fully vaccinated.
“Recent years have been challenging for
Myanmar’s tourism industry but there is still great hope and
positivity and these fam trips will showcase diverse collection of
authentic experiences in Myanmar among the travel agents to
develop attractive packages for the Myanmar market,” said Myo
Thwin, Chairman of Myanmar Tourism Marketing.
Myanmar is one of the most beautiful and
relatively undiscovered destinations
in ASEAN. The country has some of the best beaches, wildlife
sanctuaries and incredible cultural and historic sites for
travellers to explore.
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