2015 ASEAN travel trade event to feature tourism products and services at more than 400 booths

A photo of an  under-construction hotel in Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw. The Hotels and  Tourism Ministry says that there are 1,106 hotels in the country, 58 hotels in Nay Pyi Taw with over 4,884 rooms up to 31  December 2014. Photo: Ye Myint
A photo of an under-construction hotel in Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw. The Hotels and Tourism Ministry says that there are 1,106 hotels in the country, 58 hotels in Nay Pyi Taw with over 4,884 rooms up to 31 December 2014. Photo: Ye Myint

Yangon, 22 Jan — The 2015 ASEAN Tourism Forum TRAVEX — a two-day travel trade exhibition and business meetings platform on 28 and 29 January — is expected to see more than 400 travel booths showcasing tourism products and services of the 10 ASEAN countries, Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism said.
Up to 8 January, 415 sellers have been listed for the two-day trade exhibition. Among them, host Myanmar will be participating in a big way with 143 exhibition booths while Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia will have 86, 52, and 52, respectively.
Confirmed exhibitors include hotel chains such as Oberoi, Bali, Santika Indonesia Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Vacation Singapore DMC Pte Ltd, Kempinski Hotels, Thavorn Hotels and Resorts, and Bayview International Hotels and Resorts.
Host Myanmar will have a pavilion area for booths of tour operators and hoteliers, airlines and related businesses in the country’s tourism industry, including members of Myanmar Tourism Federation.
The event, part of the 2015 ASEAN Tourism Forum in Nay Pyi Taw from 22 to 29 January, will welcome more than 1,700 delegates from 50 countries comprising heads of National Tourism Organizations (NTOs) from ASEAN and dialogue partners, suppliers from across ASEAN, international buyers, international and local media, as well as trade visitors.
All ATF 2015 registered participants will have access to an array of networking and leisure activities, beginning with a friendly game of golf at the Royal Myanmar Golf Club on 26 January and a 2-day/1 night post-show city tours of Yangon or Mandalay on 30 and 31 January. A complimentary half-day pre-show city tour of Nay Pyi Taw for hosted buyers and media delegates includes a visit to Uppatasanti Pagoda (Peace Pagoda) where the royal white elephants are housed and a shopping trip to Myoma Market and a dining at a local restaurant.
ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) is a cooperative regional effort to promote the region of 10-nation bloc as one tourist destination where Asian hospitality and cultural diversity are at its best. Regional tourism statistics revealed that 99.2 million of 1,087 million international tourists travelling the world in 2013 visited ASEAN.
The 2015 ATF kicked off today and it will last eight days until next Thursday. This is the first time the forum takes place in Myanmar since its inauguration in 1981. Myanmar expects to welcomes more globetrotters through the two-day leisure-trade event. — GNLM

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