By Nyein Nyein
Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) will launch non-landing sightseeing flight tours for the first time in Myanmar on 20 December, said U Naung Naung Han, chairman of Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association.
MNA will launch ATR-72 for the non-landing sightseeing flights of Yangon-Kyaikhtiyo-Hpa-an-Yangon with low-flying. The passengers on board can pay homage to the Kyaikhtiyo pagoda and see the scenic beauty of Hpa-an Town.
“The non-landing sightseeing flights will depart from Yangon and land in Yangon. This trip is not a regular trip. The flights will be launched only to see the sight by low-flying. We have planned to fly to Kyaikhtiyo, Kayin State and Thanlwin River. First, we will show the passengers around Kyaikhtiyo. Then, we will go round Hpa-an town, Kayin state. We will go around Zwekapin Mountain and show the natural scenes of the Hpa-an town. After all, we will see the sight of the Thanlwin River and be back to Yangon,” he further said. The passengers on board the plane of non-landing sightseeing flight tours need to have COVID-19 detected by their individual plan. They are allowed to board the aircraft if they can produce the negative result of their test. The passengers are not needed to be quarantined because the flight will depart from Yangon and land in Yangon.
Depending upon the response of the passengers of the first trip, there will be extended itineraries, according to Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association.
“If we have market demand and good response to the market, we will launch more tours. Now, this is a trial trip. Earlier, we have never launched this kind of tour. That is the very first time in Myanmar,” he added.
At present, the tourism industry has halted for nine months because of the pandemic. And, some of the airlines are terminated. At this time, we couldn’t expect international tourists. During this period, it is necessary to be able to operate the domestic tours and conduct the tourism industry well, he added.
“We are trying to resume the domestic tours with the permission of the government. However, if these domestic tours can be handled systematically and in a disciplined manner and if we can also control the spreading of the disease, the tourism industry will be slightly promoted by resuming the tours systematically. With the achievement of this programme, we will be able to attract international tourists again. What is most important is that we need to show them that our country is safe for them, said U Naung Naung Han.
Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association will launch not only non-landing sightseeing flight tours but also the sightseeing cruise tours in the river, and inland tours and voyage for the development of the tourism industry.
As an initial attempt, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism permitted to launch those non-landing sightseeing flights, the sightseeing cruise tours in the river, and inland tours and voyage in accordance with the standards and rules of the Ministry of Health and Sports and the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism is conducting adventure sports tourism, food tourism, cultural tourism, nature-based tourism, agriculture-based tourism, river and train cruises, land and sea tourism and MICE tourism for the development of Myanmar’s tourism industry.
The tourism industry in Myanmar has been suspended since March 2020 when Myanmar has discovered positive cases of COVID-19. (Translated by Hay Mar)