YGN River cruise to run beginning from 25 December

Yangon River cruise ship will resume its operations two times a day starting from 25 December, according to the Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association (MTEA).
“At present, the cruise ship will run during the Christmas holidays from 25 to 27 December. The vessel will run for two times: from 8 am to 10 am and 4 pm to 7 pm,” said MTEA Chair U Naung Naung Han.
“Now, we are operating the cruise ship on a trial basis, and we will continue doing so. We will run the ship on holidays until Myanmar Independence Day. We will announce the schedule if we amend it,” he affirmed.
MTEA has rented two cruise ships named Toe Pwar and Tay Za from the Inland Water Transport (IWT) for a riverine cruise on the Yangon River. Although the cruise ship’s accommodation capacity is 120 passengers, the vessels will accept only 30 passengers for each trip in line with the Ministry of Health and Sports’ social distancing rule.
“Currently, we will carry only 30 passengers for each trip to prevent the ship from being crowded and to conform to the COVID guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Sports,” he added.
The ship will depart from the health jetty to enjoy the river breeze and the Yangon River’s view. It will then return to the health jetty through Yangon River along Bayintnaung, the confluence of three rivers.
“The Yangon River cruise ship is running to remedy the tourism sector adversely affected by COVID-19 outbreak, support the revitalization of tourism in the future, and arrange the trips for the domestic travellers,” explained the MTEA chair.
The tourism sector businesses have been halted since March 2020 when the first case of the COVID-19 was discovered in Myanmar. (Translated by Hay Mar)

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