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May 25, 2020

Nepal tourism promotion program launched

Union Minister U Ohn Maung delivers the opening speech at the ceremony of ‘Visit Nepal 2020 Beyond Lumbini’ in Yangon on 29 May. Photo: Myint Maung Soe

A program to promote tourism to Nepal, ‘Visit Nepal 2020: Beyond Lumbini’, was launched at a ceremony held on 29 May at the Chatrium Hotel in Yangon.
The ceremony was organized with the aim of encouraging Myanmar travellers to visit Lumbini, which is a major site on the pilgrimage circuit to Bod Gaya. U Ohn Maung, the Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism, delivered the opening speech at the ceremony.
The ceremony was attended by Yangon Region Hluttaw Speaker U Tin Maung Tun, Deputy Speaker U Lin Naing Myint, Nepalese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Bhim Udas, Myanmar Tourism Federation chairman U Yan Win, the Yangon Region Directorate of Hotels and Tourism Director, and officials and entrepreneurs from the tourism industry.
The attendees gave a stand-up salute to the national anthems of the two countries, as a gesture of respect. The Union Minister and the Nepalese Ambassador formally opened the program by lighting a candle.
At the ceremony, the Union Minister said the two nations will promote each other’s tourism industry, and that Myanmar and Nepal have a cultural affinity. He also said it is important to encourage Myanmar travellers to visit Nepal, and Nepal travellers to visit Bagan.
Thereafter, the Union Minister and the Nepalese Ambassador presented certificates of honor to three travel and tour companies as well as U Nanda, the chairman of the All Myanmar Hindu Central Council.
“Currently, we are discussing direct flights from Yangon to Kathmandu from January 2020. These would be the first direct flights between Myanmar and Nepal. Now, a flight from Yangon to Nepal costs between US$450 and $500 as tourists have to take connecting flights. But direct flights will cost travellers between $280 and $300,” said U Ko Ko Lat, the Vice Chairman of Myanmar Nepal Business Entrepreneurs Association. In the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the number of Myanmar travellers to Nepal increased to over 30,000 from 25,000 a year. The authorities expect the number of Myanmar travellers to Nepal to increase to 150,000 in 2020 after direct flights start to operate.—Myint Maung Soe (Translated by Hay Mar)

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