Myanmar Hospitality & Tourism Conference 2017
The gateway to exploring opportunities in Myanmar’s hospitality and tourism sector
Government to continue Tourism Policy of Maximum Growth 15 May 2017
Since the election in November 2015, MHTC 2016 is the first hospitality conference that has shed light on the new government initiatives for the industry, going forward. U Tint Thwin laid out the intention of the government to continue with the tourism policies set by its predecessor – aiming for maximum growth – and will continue to enumerate day-visitors crossing land borders as “tourists”, in contravention of international tourism standards. The government will also be embarking on reforms in the tourism sector and they are working on a new policy to be in line with the recently released national economic policy. U Aung Naing Oo commented that both the private and public sectors will continue to shape Myanmar as a destination of investment, and will be revising initiatives, as well as and the Myanmar investment laws to create a level playing field for both local and international stakeholders.
On Day 1, the conference saw many networking activities and lively discussions surrounding topics such as the leaders’ perspectives of Myanmar in the next 5 years, contract negotiation between owners and operators, discovering the potential of destinations within Myanmar and the various market segments that the industry had to offer. Delegates were also treated to an exclusive networking cocktail session to end the day on a positive note. On Day 2, industry leaders shared insights into the operational aspects of the industry which included infusing Myanmar’s heritage into the architecture of hotels, sustainable hotel business models and an interactive discussion on hotel prices, moving forward.
In our midst were international brands such as Accor, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, Bangkok Airways, BHM Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore, Colliers, D3 Capital, Dusit, Hard Rock International, Horwath HTL, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts, Pan Pacific Hotel Group, Savills, STR, UbiQ Global Solutions, WATG as well as leading local brands like Aureum Group, Business Alliance Hotel, FMI Air, Golden Brown Coffee Co. Ltd., Hotel Tharabar Gate, Hotel Yangon Group, Inle Princess Resort, Myanmar Golden Rock International, Prestige Automobiles Co. Ltd., S&P Foodservices Distribution Co. Ltd., Savoy Hotel Yangon, Sithar Coffee Co. Ltd., SPINE Architect, Tint Tint Group of Companies, Yuzana Group of Hotels & Resorts etc, who were there to network and share experiences. The attendees were also given a special treat with a lucky draw sponsored by Bangkok Airways and PARKROYAL Yangon.
In 2017, Sphere Conferences will continue to expand MHTC to include the regional markets of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand in the new platform – Hospitality Investment Conference CLMVT 2017. As you look through this post event report, we urge you to use this as a measure of our effectiveness in helping you reach your target audience in this sector. Referring to the attendee analysis, media coverage and pictures of the event, we hope you would be convinced that we are your ideal partner in your expansion into the Mekong region in the 2017 edition of Hospitality Investment Conference CLMVT.We would like to thank our sponsors and partners for their support in making this event a success and look forward to being the mainstay event for Myanmar’s hospitality and tourism sector.
The Myanmar Hospitality and Tourism Conference Team
On behalf of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism and our co-organizer Myanmar Tourism Federation, Sphere Conferences is proud to announce once again that the 4th annual Myanmar Hospitality and Tourism Conference 2016 ended with resounding success!
Being the only investment and discussion platform focusing on the hospitality and tourism sector in Myanmar, the two day conference brought together close to 180 hospitality and tourism professionals and investors from 9 different countries with the same goal of understanding the investment and development opportunities that Myanmar has to offer. Gracing the event as guests-of-honours were U Tint Thwin, Director General, Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, U Aung Naing Oo, Director General, Directorate of Investment & Company Administration, U Yan Win, Chairman, Myanmar Tourism Federation and former Union Minister, H.E. U Htay Aung.