In a remote field in the mountains in mysterious Shan State in Myanmar a yearly tradition is about to become bigger. The whole country celebrates Tazaungdaing, the Festival of Lights in the middle of November. Festivities in Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State, will be more spectacular than ever, according to the organising committee.
Meliá Hotels has welcomed the opening of Meliá Yangon, the first hotel operated by the company in the country and a strategic project for its expansion strategy in the Asia Pacific region. The group enters Myanmar market with its first hotel in Yangon, city known as the Garden City of the East.
The first upscale hotel to come on line in one of Myanmar’s most compelling tourist destinations will officially debut October 1st when 94-room Sanctum Inle Resort holds its grand opening on the shores of Inle Lake. An Olympic-sized swimming pool overlooking the lake, the 150 square meter presidential Sanctuary Suite and a Shan and international cuisine restaurant, The Refectory, are among the new features to be unveiled as part of the Brigitte Dumont de Chassart-designed resort’s grand opening.
Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company has officially launched the operation of its international flight route from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to Yangon, Myanmar. The route will initially operate five round trips per week with a flight duration of two hours 15 minutes per section. Vietjet currently operates two daily flights from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City.
Boeing and Myanmar National Airlines have celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first Next-Generation 737-800 leased from GE Capital Aviation Services, the commercial aircraft leasing arm of GE. The celebration also marked the first all-new Boeing airplane to be delivered to any Myanmar-based airline.
Garuda Indonesia and Myanmar Airways International have concluded a codeshare agreement. The signing of the agreement was carried out by Garuda Indonesia executive vice president, sales and marketing, Erik Meijer and Myanmar Airways International managing director Si Thu. Under the agreement, Garuda Indonesia will place its GA marketing code on Myanmar Airways International’s flights between Bangkok-Yangon and Singapore-Yangon.
Hilton Worldwide has made its debut in Myanmar with the opening of Hilton Nay Pyi Taw, in the country’s capital city. Set amid lush tropical landscaped gardens, the 202-key Hilton Nay Pyi Taw spans more than 100 acres of land and is situated within the developing Dekhina Thiri Township.
Malaysia Airlines and Myanmar Airways International signed a new code share agreement that will take effect starting February 15th 2014. Booking for the service will be made available on February 10th 2014. The arrangement would increase the national carrier’s access to Yangon, from the current 14 flights weekly to 19 flights weekly.
Hilton Worldwide has marked its entry into the Burmese market with the signing of a management agreement with LP Holding to manage Hilton Yangon in Kyauktada Township, Yangon, Myanmar. The first Hilton Worldwide property in Myanmar, the 300-room Hilton Yangon will also be the first Hilton Hotels & Resorts branded hotel and is scheduled to open in 2014.
Myanmar president U Thein Sein has confirmed the country will initiate the process of restoring its membership of United Nations World Tourism Organisation. Officials in the country argue the destination is unique in that it can offer a relatively untouched, authentic experience that few countries around the world can still truly deliver.
The landmark hosting by Myanmar of the first-ever Travel Leaders’ Symposium on Sustainable Tourism has been a historical opportunity for over 100 travel industry representatives from the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) and around the globe to gather, share their experiences and learn more about Myanmar.
With Myanmar featuring in the international news, and the world watching as the country opens up, the first international travel trade event in Myanmar will be held in the countrys historic ancient capital of Bagan, this Sunday, November 27.