Mimi Hudoyo, reporting from ASEAN Tourism Forum, Nay Pyi Taw, January 26, 2015
ATF 2015 has attracted some 1,000 Travex delegates from the 10 ASEAN member countries, occupying 527 booths and 300 buyers, said Jason Ng, executive director of MP International.
ASEAN member countries make up the largest buyer contingent at 45 per cent, followed by 33 per cent from Europe and 11 per cent from other Asian countries.
Ng said: “We are expecting 30 to 35 local Myanmar buyers to register on site. The government has given international buyers priority to register first.”
On the seller side, Myanmar has the biggest contingent, taking up 35 per cent of space, followed by Thailand, corporates, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Over the next few days, some 2,000 delegates from 50 countries including 300 government delegates, Travex attendees and media will gather in Nay Pyi Taw.
Ng said this turnout is above target. “Although Nay Pyi Taw has experience in hosting international events, it does not have a dedicated exhibition hall. MICC 1 is a state building for presidential events. We are privileged to be able to use it for ATF, showing the commitment of the government.”
The private and public sectors have given full support in providing hassle-free visas-on-arrival and customs clearance for delegates.
On the private-sector side, Golden Myanmar Air has added Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw flights while SilkAir has extended one of its Singapore-Yangon flights to Nay Pyi Taw during peak delegate arrivals and departure.
Source: TTG Asia