days from July 20 to 22, the Tatmadaw Exhibition Hall filled with
representatives of tourism businesses from across the region. Over forty
businesses including hotel chains, local and international travel and tour
companies, regional airlines, booking platforms, wedding and educational
services attended. Government tourism boards from India, Thailand, Taiwan and
Korea were all represented as well at the Myanmar tourism board and the Union
of Myanmar Travel Association.
The first day
of the expo saw an opening ceremony attended by U Myint Htwe, Director General
of Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism as well as a vice chairman from the
Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA) and also the vice president of Union
of Myanmar Federation Centre of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI).
is going well so far,” said Mr. Chinakit Viphavakit, general manager of ICVeX,
the company which organized the event. Talking to My Magical Myanmar on the
afternoon of the first day of the expo he said, “We started with the opening
ceremony this morning and this afternoon there will be performances from many
countries including Taiwan and Thailand.”
said the objective of the event was to create a networking opportunity for
businesses from outside of Myanmar to offer their travel and other services to
the Myanmar market as well as for Myanmar outbound travel companies to connect
with partners in the represented countries.
Organisers also specified that it
was an opportunity for customers also to visit information booths from other
countries and learn more about opportunities to travel abroad.
of our exhibition is to make a combination of a platform for B2B,
business-to-business interaction and also for business-to-end user.”
The event expected
to attract 700 to 1,000 visitors on the first day Friday July 20th and for that
number to rise on the second and third days as those individuals interested in
travelling to the represented destinations as well as watching the performances
coming at the weekend during their free time.
“We would like to create a networking platform for local Myanmar travel
agencies and international tourism organizations, so this exhibition is
actually for both inbound and outbound,” said Mr. Chinakit.
As well as
promoting their own company or organization and making business connections, if
personnel from the travel industry have a reason to travel to Myanmar, they can
see firsthand what the country has to offer to travellers and what they can
“It’s a good
chance for Myanmar to show what they have for travellers,” said Mr. Chinakit.
For visitors to the event, there was plenty to keep both the young and
the old entertained. At the performance area, groups of traditional dancers
from Myanmar, four regions of Thailand, Taiwan and Korea all impressed the
crowd gathered, perhaps spiking even more interest in visiting the countries
At the Korea Tourism Organisation booth, visitors got a chance to
try on the traditional hanbok outfit and snapped photos for social media.
Vietnamese airline Vietjet was offering free flights between Myanmar
and Vietnam and the Taiwan tourism booth handed out free Taiwanese milk tea.
International K-pop group Rose Quartz who have one Myanmar member performed on
both the second and third day of the expo.
Ms Thazin Min Khaing, Chief Executive Officer of Romantic Wedding
Planners Group which had one of the most beautiful booths at the expo, said the
company achieved their objective of making connections with some potential
“I met some
potential clients and also there were a lot of industry players there who
visited the expo. It was a great fair.”
At a media
conference held on Saturday, Mr. Tony Wu, Director of Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s
Bangkok office, encouraged Myanmar travellers to visit Taiwan:
be very famous in the world for industry but also Taiwan does a lot to protect
the environment and [promote] eco tourism. If you go to Taiwan you can see the
diverse species including so many different butterfly species.
Taiwan is a small island, we have more than 200 mountains and some measure over
Mr. Wu went
on to explain that the visa process is now quite simple for visitors from
Taiwan these days is a very good choice because it is visa-free for Myanmar
citizens who have been to other countries before. If you have not, you can
still apply for a visa very easily.”
the fact that Taiwan is good for Myanmar travellers because it is not only safe
but also offers an experience in the ‘high-speed world’ as well as a futuristic
“In Taiwan we have big temples and very well preserved culture. It is
very safe. You can experience the high-speed world which you don’t have yet in
Myanmar. We also have so many forms of agriculture, over 300.
You must know
that at Taiwan’s farms we even have meeting rooms and luxury rooms! There are
so many different kinds of experience.”
According to Mr. Chinakit, the Myanmar International Tourism Expo is set
to become an annual event that will get bigger and more comprehensive every
“I think this exhibition has potential and we would like to develop it
and serve the growing tourism industry in Myanmar. People would like to come
into this country and more people here like to travel out as well.”