Over 40 Entrepreneurs from Thai Tourism Attend Travelling Festival, Mon State

Opening ceremony of travelling festival in Mon State was held in the morning on September 23, at the Mon State Auditorium, to be convened for two days, during which guests will be granted to lodge at any hotels at special half prices. The festival was opened by Dr Aye Zan, Mon State Chief Minister, Daw Tin Ei, Mon State Hluttaw Speaker and responsible officials by cutting the ribbon.
U Hau Kyin Mone, director of Mon State hotels and tourism directorate said, “Being the first-ever held festival, it was convened in co-operation with departments and organizations. In Thailand, such a festival is held every year. During the trip in Thailand, we made a contact with entrepreneurs of Thai Tourism Agencies and held this festival. Most of the visitors who came to Mon State are those from Thailand. There are many visiting places which attract most tourists. The festival was designed for business-persons from home and abroad to know about it.
Under the guidance of Mon State Cabinet, the festival was co-sponsored by hotels and tourism department, State hotel and tourism federation, State Industrial and Merchant Federation and State Foodstuff Industry Entrepreneurs, attended by over 40 entrepreneurs from Thailand Tourism Industries, departmental heads and invited guests, over 600 altogether. Favorable transportation and weather, environment and landscape of great pleasure, Thanlwin River and beautiful beach of great attraction, abundance of cultural and religious edifices and Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, a wonder of the world are inviting visitors increasingly year after year. In 2015, more than 0.15 million tourists visited Mon State, with 0.2 million in 2016 and over 0.13 million up to August 2017. Compared to the amount up to August 2016, it was found to have increased by 15 per cent, said U Hau Kyin Mone.
At the festival there are being over 20 showrooms opened. U Chan Tun, festival convention committee (Mawlamyine Zone) said, “It took us some two years to convene this festival. In comparison with advantages and disadvantages experienced by all Regions and States, it was held. Transport businesses, souvenir shops, traditional foodstuff shops, tour guides and hotel business-men are presently gaining profits. In raining season, there used to be small amounts of visitors, with now almost hotels nearly houseful. We are greatly pleased to know that there will be similar events held in future.”
It has been learnt that there are in Mon State 28 licensed hotels, 21 lodging houses, 1600 rooms in the said 49 lodging places, 10 tourism industries, 7 tour guides and 90 regional tour guides. There is now one information center each opened at Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda and in Mawlamyine, with security forces positioned in Mawlamyine and Kyaikhto, for security for globe trotters. —MNA

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